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Thanksgiving Day remixes for the classic mac and cheese

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Get cheesy this Thanksgiving!

Make it a mac and cheese to remember this holiday season!

It's time for holiday parties, and mac and cheese makes the perfect side. But don't serve it up the same-old way — remix your recipe with these classic twists.

Mexican chicken macaroni-and-cheese casserole

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Serves 6

Put a Mexican twist on your favorite dish with this easy recipe. It saves you tons of time by starting with Hormel Country Crock Elbow Macaroni and Cheese, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner or for feeding surprise guests!


  • 21-ounce container Hormel Country Crock Elbow Macaroni and Cheese
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 3/4 cup chunky salsa
  • 1/2 cup frozen whole-kernel corn; chopped, pitted ripe olives or rinsed and drained canned black beans
  • 1 cup crushed plain or flavored tortilla chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine Hormel Country Crock Elbow Macaroni and Cheese, chicken, salsa and corn, olives or beans. Transfer to a 2-quart casserole.
  3. Bake covered for 35 minutes or until heated through.
  4. Sprinkle with chips and bake for 5 more minutes.

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