Chipotle Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Caroline Stanley Modified: March 23, 2022
Chipotle Mac and Cheese Recipe

How To Make Chipotle Mac and Cheese

What makes Chipotle’s mac and cheese rise above the rest is its smoky, spicy, and definitely cheesy pasta. Try this Chipotle copycat dish at home

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes



  • 16ozelbow macaroni
  • 3cupswhole milk
  • ½ cupbutter
  • ½ cuponionminced
  • 4clovesgarlicminced
  • 3chipotle chilifinely chopped
  • 6tbspall-purpose flour
  • 1tsppaprika
  • Salt and pepperto taste
  • 2cupsCheddar cheese
  • 1cupMonterey Jack Cheese


  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil.

  2. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  4. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray, and place the macaroni into the bottom of the dish. Heat milk in a saucepan until hot but not boiling.

  5. Melt butter in a saucepan, and cook and stir the onion, garlic, and chipotle chiles until the onions are translucent about 5 minutes.

  6. Whisk in flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, and let cook for about 3 minutes, whisking constantly to avoid burning. Add the hot milk, 1/2 cup at a time, and stir in paprika, salt, and pepper.

  7. Bring the mixture to a simmer whisking constantly until thickened for about 2 minutes.

  8. Whisk in the cheeses, about 1/2 cup at a time, and stir until the cheeses have melted and the sauce is thick and smooth.

  9. Pour the sauce over the macaroni in the baking dish, and stir gently to combine. Cover the dish with foil.

  10. Bake covered until the dish is bubbling and the macaroni has absorbed some of the sauce, about 40 minutes. Uncover, and bake until golden brown on the edges for about 10 to 15 more minutes.


  • Calories: 2023.55kcal
  • Fat: 197.74g
  • Saturated Fat: 124.31g
  • Trans Fat: 7.70g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 51.14g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.74g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.99g
  • Fiber: 4.77g
  • Sugar: 11.78g
  • Protein: 19.35g
  • Cholesterol: 526.38mg
  • Sodium: 1264.53mg
  • Calcium: 410.51mg
  • Potassium: 546.99mg
  • Iron: 1.50mg
  • Vitamin A: 1774.13µg
  • Vitamin C: 24.56mg
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