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Ranchero Macaroni Bake

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  • prep time: 20 min
  • total time: 45 min
  • serves: 8 people
  • calories: 472 1 serving

This tasty twist on classic mac and cheese uses picante sauce and crushed tortilla chips to kick-up the flavor, and make a good thing even better!


cost per recipe: $9.58

  • 1 can (26 ounces) Campbells® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheese (about 12 ounces)
  • 12 ounces (3 cups) elbow-shaped pasta, cooked and drained
  • 3 ounces tortilla chips, coarsely crushed (about 1 cup)


  • Tips

    • Recipe Note: Serves 12 as a side dish.
  • Step 1

    Stir the soup, milk, picante sauce, cheese and pasta in a 3-quart shallow baking dish.

  • Step 2

    Bake at 400°F. for 20 minutes or until the pasta mixture is hot and bubbling.  Stir the pasta mixture.  Sprinkle with the tortilla chips.

  • Step 3

    Bake for 5 minutes or until the tortilla chips are golden brown.


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  • Fun twist on mac n'cheese

    Pamela M.
    July 25, 2015

    My family loved this recipe, but I did make a few minor changes. I used the fiesta nacho cheese soup instead of the cream of mushroom, and added some taco seasoned ground beef. I also added a bit more milk since we like our mac n'cheese creamier. I will definately be making this recipe again!

  • M hmmm good

    Jayme O.
    June 30, 2019

    This was some of the best stuff I ever ate! Boy was it good.

  • Kids faves

    March 18, 2015

    Was surprised that all 3 of our kids loved it, I used Campbell's creme of mushroom & garlias a twist and an extra 1/4 cup of milk as the first time was a tad dry

  • Yeah!

    Patty M.
    August 1, 2014

    I like mac n cheese, not so much my family, so I thought this wouldn't work but it did. I also made ground beef chinichangas, but this was as good, which suprised me. Best I ever made.

  • We Loved This!

    Gina P.
    April 7, 2014

    So delicious and easy to make. The tortilla chips add great texture. Will definitely make this again.

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    Made With

    Calories 472
    Total Fat 22 g
    Sat. Fat 9.4 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 44 mg
    Sodium 1132 mg
    Total Carb 48 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Sugar 4 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 17 g
    Vitamin D 2 %DV
    Calcium 27 %DV
    Iron 9 %DV
    Potassium 5 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.