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Mac & Cheese with Black Beans, Shredded Chicken & Jalapeño

Mac & Cheese with Black Beans, Shredded Chicken & Jalapeño
15 min
1 hr 10 min
8 servings, 4 servings per casserole dish
  • Black beans and chicken added to macaroni and cheese make a full and hearty meal. The jalapeños add heat for extra flavor. This recipe makes a double batch which is perfect for busy weeknight meals. Make one for now and freeze the other one for later.


Box of Macaroni & Cheese with a plate and dish of mac & cheese on a table near the product name and "100% REAL CHEESE" label.
Mac & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Family Size


  • 1 package (40 ounces) STOUFFER'S Family Size Macaroni & Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken breast meat
  • 1 cup canned black beans or garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chiles, drained
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons southwest seasoning*
  • Garnish: Fresh cilantro leaves and chopped tomatoes (optional)


Step 1
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Step 2
Bake Macaroni & Cheese according to package directions for 45 minutes or until just thawed and can be easily stirred. While macaroni is cooking, proceed with recipe.
Step 3
Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Remove from heat; stir in chicken, black beans, chiles, jalapeño and southwest seasoning.
Step 4
Remove Macaroni & Cheese from oven; remove clear seal and empty into a large bowl. Gently fold in chicken mixture. Divide mixture into two 8-inch-square casserole dishes. Cover one dish with plastic wrap and foil; freeze for up to 2 months.
Step 5
Bake remaining casserole dish for 25 to 30 minutes or until fully heated and bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh cilantro and tomatoes, if desired.
Step 6
* Southwest seasoning can be replaced with 1½ teaspoons ground cumin, 1 teaspoon chili powder, and a pinch of cayenne pepper and salt.
Step 7
To bake frozen casserole: Thaw casserole overnight in refrigerator. Preheat oven to 375° F. Remove plastic wrap and foil. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until fully heated and bubbly.