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Chorizo Mac and Cheese

by Heather

Chorizo mac and cheese is such a comforting meal! We’re taking mac and cheese up a notch with chorizo sausage, sauteed vegetables, and an easy-to-make sauce in the blender. The chorizo sausage, vegetables, pasta, and cheese sauce melt together and you’re left with a flavorful, delicious, and EASY dinner!

Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese with Chorizo

Chorizo mac and cheese

Mac and cheese will always be on rotation in our household.

Sometimes it’s from a box (which brings my children so much joy).

Other times it’s from scratch and super healthy mac and cheese.

And other times, it’s rich and full of comfort.

A more adult mac and cheese. Although my kids ate it too!

It’s slightly spicy from the chorizo sausage, super creamy from the tofu sauce, and of course filled with loads of cheddar cheese!

Fool-proof mac and cheese is coming your way. Enjoy!

Chorizo Mac and Cheese

What type of chorizo should you use?

For this mac and cheese with chorizo, I’ve used a mixture of different kinds of chorizo over the years. Here are my recommended options:

Pork chorizo – It’s store-bought and already seasoned. I always look for one with minimal ingredients, no added nitrates, and preservatives.

If you can’t find a store-bought pork chorizo option you like, you can also make your own easily at home! Try my homemade chorizo recipe.

Chicken chorizo sausage – For a leaner option, try pre-cooked chicken chorizo sausage! You’ll want to dice it and it will only need to saute for a few minutes to warm through.

ingredients in Chorizo Mac and Cheese

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How to make mac and cheese with chorizo

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat add the sausage.  Break into pieces and cook until browned. Add the mushroom and onion into the pan with the chorizo and cook until both are soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. While the sausage and vegetables cook, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain once done cooking.
  3. To make the sauce blend together the tofu, milk, sea salt, pepper, and mustard. 
  4. Into the large skillet with the chorizo, add the pasta, creamy sauce, and cheese. Stir to combine and continue to heat over low heat for 3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the mac and cheese is creamy.
chorizo sausage Mac and cheese

Substitutions

Below you’ll find a list of substitutions that will work well in this chorizo mac n cheese recipe.

If you try something different out, please leave a comment below letting us all know how it turned out!

Elbow pasta – You can easily substitute in any shape of pasta!

Chorizo sausage – Did you know you can easily make your own homemade chorizo sausage? Try this chorizo recipe and adjust the seasoning to your preference!

Mushrooms – Not a mushroom fan? Omit it, or add in cauliflower rice for a sneaky vegetable addition.

Onion – Any type of onion will work. If you want a more mild onion flavor, go for green onion, or freeze-dried chives.

Silken tofu – The tofu not only adds more protein to the dish, but it also helps to easily make the sauce creamy. If you’re looking for a soy-free mac and cheese sauce alternative, try my butternut squash mac and cheese sauce!

Cheddar cheese – Don’t have cheddar cheese around? Try using colby jack, or gouda instead.

Mac and cheese with chorizo

What to serve with mac and cheese

I love to add a vegetable side along with homemade mac and cheese. Here are a few of my go-to salads the whole family will love!

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Chorizo Mac and Cheese

Chorizo mac and cheese is such a comforting meal! We’re taking mac and cheese up a notch with chorizo sausage, sauteed vegetables, and an easy-to-make sauce in the blender. The chorizo sausage, vegetables, pasta, and cheese sauce melt together and you’re left with a flavorful, delicious, and EASY dinner!
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Mexican
Keyword: cheese, chorizo, macaroni, Pasta, sausage
Servings: 8
Calories: 496kcal
Author: Heather

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chorizo sausage
  • 2 cups mushrooms diced
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 block silken tofu
  • 1/4 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy option)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp stone-ground mustard
  • 12 oz elbow pasta
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat add the sausage.  Break into pieces and cook until browned. Add the mushroom and onion into the pan with the chorizo and cook until both are soft, about 5 minutes.
  • While the sausage and vegetables cook, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain once done cooking.
  • To make the sauce blend together the tofu, milk, sea salt, pepper, and mustard.
  • Into the large skillet with the chorizo, add the pasta, creamy sauce, and cheese. Stir to combine and continue to heat over low heat for 3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the mac and cheese is creamy.
Did you make this recipe?Be sure to tag me @fitmamarealfood or tag #fitmamarealfood!

Nutrition

Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1363mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 866IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 434mg | Iron: 1mg

If you try this chorizo mac and cheese recipe, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

XO

Heather

Originally published July 2012. Updated March 2022.

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Erica July 3, 2012 - 5:25 pm

My husband would LOVE that mac n cheese! He is a huge chorizo fan. I definitely treat Josh to special meals!

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Amy@ahealthyandhappyheart July 4, 2012 - 3:09 pm

This looks amazing! I am like you…I try to make or take my hubby out for all his favorite meals for his birthday too…why not!? Since my husbands birthday is coming up, I might have to incorporate this into his birthday dinner…cheese, mushrooms, and chorizo?! Right up his alley!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers July 4, 2012 - 10:48 pm

Your Mac & Cheese looks amazing! Even though it’s late, Happy 4th of July!

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