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Looking for a little heat in your mac and cheese? Trader Joe’s has you covered with their Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese (with Roasted Chiles from Hatch, New Mexico). It might have chilies but is it good? Should you try this? Find out now in this review.
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Overview: Trader Joe's Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese
Verdict: Trader Joe’s Hatch Chile Mac and Cheese is fantastic! After heating in the oven, the macaroni is super soft and delicate. It almost melts in your mouth. The flavorful cheese in this mac and cheese covers every inch of the tray.
The best part of this dish comes from the hatch chiles. They complement the mac and cheese so well. I wish there were more chiles though. I definitely recommend trying this mac and cheese out! It’s not spicy at all, but it may surprise you.
Trader Joe’s Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese costs $2.99. It has a very affordable price for the amount of mac and cheese given.
Cooking Method #1: Microwave
Like the other mac and cheeses, there’s only two methods of heating. First method uses the microwave (1200 watt):
- Remove outer packaging.
- Puncture film several times.
- Microwave on high for 5 to 6 minutes.
- Let stand for 1 minute.
- Remove film, stir and serve.
Use caution when handling!
Microwave cook times may vary depending on oven wattage.
If you don’t have a 1200 watt microwave, check out this microwave calculator!
Cooking Method #2: Conventional Oven
The second method of heating involves the oven:
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Remove from box and remove film.
- Place on a baking sheet.
- Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 25-35 minutes.
- Let stand for 1 minute.
- Stir and serve.
Caution: Product may be hot!
Impressions & Taste
Wow this one is covered with cheese! At least on the top… Before mixing everything together, this thing really looked like an omelette. The lighter cheese looked like eggs with cheddar cheese sprinkled on top. There’s also a distinct chile smell that also reminded me of omelettes.
After about 30 minutes of baking in the oven, the macaroni had an amazing texture. It’s soft and delicate covered with creamy, flavorful cheese. The moment I saw the amount of cheese on this, I knew it was a winner. You can’t go wrong with more cheese. There’s a tiny bit of cheese pull but it’s nothing insane. The best part is, there’s no powdery taste in the cheese.
I love the way the chiles enhance the flavor of the mac and cheese. It’s not spicy at all which is okay for this dish. However, I do have one complaint with this mac and cheese. It has a very subtle chile flavor which can be good for some but for me, it’s not enough. From the smell, I thought there would be more of them in there. Regardless, this is still a fantastic frozen mac and cheese dish.
Verdict & Rating
Trader Joe’s Hatch Chile Mac and Cheese is fantastic! After heating in the oven, the macaroni is super soft and delicate. It almost melts in your mouth. The flavorful cheese in this mac and cheese covers every inch of the tray.
The best part of this dish are the hatch chiles. The flavors complement the mac and cheese so well. I wish there were more chiles though. I definitely recommend trying this mac and cheese out! It’s not spicy at all, but it may surprise you.
A serving size (1 cup [170g]) is 260 calories while the whole container is 520 calories. For more information on nutrition facts check out the image below.
Ingredients: Cooked Elbow Macaroni (Water, Enriched Semolina [Durum Wheat Semolina, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid], Milk, Cheddar Cheese (Pasteurized Cow’s Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Microbial Rennet, Annatto [Color]), Roasted Hatch Chile Peppers, Chile, Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Butter (Pasteurized Cream, Salt, Annatto [Color]), Salt, Modified Rice Starch, Spices.
Contains: Wheat, Milk
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