Recipe: Creamy Hot Dog Macaroni & Cheese

It didn’t take long for me to get creative with macaroni and cheese again. It’s only been about 3 week’s since my last creative macaroni & cheese endeavor. If you missed that recipe, Lobster Macaroni & Cheese, you can see the recipe here.

A couple nights ago we grilled hot dogs. We had 5 leftover. I wanted to do something creative with them rather than just reheating and plopping them into a hot dog bun. I remembered a hot dog macaroni and cheese recipe that I saw in one of my Food Network Magazines (the cheese edition!) so I decided to base my recipe off of it. You can see the original recipe (American Mac and Cheese) here.

Creamy Hot Dog Mac n Cheese from 3 wm

I know. Hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. It sounds like a child’s meal. But this is the adult version of the meal. Chipotle pepper adobo sauce gives this recipe a kick. And the recipe is made from scratch. No prepackaged mac n cheese here! Ken liked this so  much that he got seconds. I can always tell when he really likes something that I make. He will get seconds. Or maybe he is just really hungry. I hope you enjoy this super creamy, delicious macaroni & cheese dish!

Creamy Hot Dog Macaroni & Cheese from wmCreamy Hot Dog Macaroni & Cheese


Recipe: Creamy Hot Dog Macaroni & Cheese
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Adapted from Food Network Magazine
Recipe type: Pasta, Casseroles
Serves: 6
  • 5 grilled all beef hot dogs, sliced
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1½ tsp chipotle pepper adobo sauce (just use the sauce from the can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • ¼ C diced onion
  • 1¾ C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices American Cheese
  • ½ C panko
  • ⅛ tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp butter
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta until tender. Reserve 1 C of the pasta water.
  2. In another pot, melt 2 tbsp butter and saute the onion until tender.
  3. Whisk in the flour, 1 tsp mustard powder, and the adobo sauce. Stir in the evaporated milk and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cheese until melted and then gradually add the pasta water until your desired sauce thickness is reached. I think I used about ½ C.
  5. Add the pasta and hot dogs to the cheese sauce. Mix well.
  6. Pour the mixture into an 8x8 baking dish.
  7. Prepare the topping by melting 1 tbsp butter and then combining the panko and ⅛ tsp mustard powder with it. Sprinkle on top of the macaroni & cheese mixture.
  8. Broil on high until the panko is slightly browned.


Creamy Hot Dog Mac n Cheese from 2 wm


  1. says

    You know when the hubby gets up to get seconds…it’s a winner! I love how you used a little bit of the chipotle pepper adobo sauce just to kick it up a bit! Pinning this into my pasta board…bcz, it’s a must to make asap! (=


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