I love a one pot meal! Especially when it’s something the whole family enjoys, like this Southwest Chili Con Queso Pasta.
I mean, who doesn’t love a cheesy pasta dish? I love that this meal is served up right in the skillet, but if you prefer, you can always transfer everything to a baking dish before putting it in the oven. I like to use lean ground beef, so I can usually get away without draining the grease, but you can certainly do that if you feel it’s necessary. This one will definitely be making an appearance at our dinner table again.
Southwest Chili Con Queso Pasta
- 12 ounces penne pasta
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped jalapeno
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro , chopped
- 1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook penne according to package directions until al dente; drain.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef until no longer pink.
- Add the cumin, red pepper, flakes chili powder, salt, pepper, onion, garlic and chopped jalapeno to the skillet and continue to cook until the vegetables are tender.
- Stir the butter into the skillet until melted. Add the flour and continue to cook and stir for a few additional minutes.
- Add the milk to the hamburger mixture, stirring constantly until the mixture begins to bubble and thicken.
- Stir in 1 cup of the cheese and the fresh cilantro. When the cheese has melted, stir in the diced tomatoes.
- Preheat the broiler to high. Stir the pasta into the skillet, then sprinkle the remaining cheese over top.
- Carefully place the skillet under the hot broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly. Garnish with additional chopped cilantro if desired.