Now that football season is in full swing, I’m all about the “game day grub”! When it comes down to my favorite recipes to make while watching football, I’m a big fan of anything you can put in the crock pot, and anything you can add buffalo sauce to!
Crock pot recipes make it easy to put a dish together before the game begins, so that you don’t miss a minute of action during the game!
I’ve been wanting to make crock pot mac and cheese for a while now, and I figured what better time to do it than now!
To give it my “Bond Girl Twist” I decided to add buffalo sauce, and a couple of extra special ingredients to give it a nice little kick!
Allow me to introduce you to Game Day Mac & Cheese!
- 12 oz macaroni noodles (uncooked)
- 2 (10 oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
- 16 oz cream cheese (cubed)
- 3 cups cheddar cheese – traditional or habanero (shredded)
- 1 cup buffalo sauce
Cook the macaroni noodles according to the package directions until al dente, drain and place in a large crock pot. Add the diced tomatoes with green chilies, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and buffalo sauce.
Stir to combine.
(I know that it looks like a big jumbled mess right now, but I promise all that cheese is going to melt into a beautiful pot of mac & cheese deliciousness!)
Cover and cook on low 1.5-2 hours. Turn setting to warm for up to 4 hours.
With the habanero cheddar cheese, buffalo sauce and green chilies, this mac and cheese has quite the kick to it!
For a milder version of the recipe, use traditional cheddar cheese. For a much milder version of the recipe use traditional cheddar cheese, half the buffalo sauce, and mild diced tomatoes with green chilies.
This recipe is as easy as boiling water, but seriously, that’s really all you have to do is boil the water for the pasta, then add everything to a crock pot, and bada-bing, two hours later, you’re digging into a scrumptious bowl of Buffalo Mac & Cheese!
I made this recipe twice, and in both of my experiences if you leave it in the slow cooker, even on low, for more than 2 hours, it begins to become clumpy and burn around the edges. I did, however, leave it on the warm setting on my crock pot for 4 hours after cooking on low for 2 hours and it was perfect throughout an afternoon of college football!
Looking for more scrumptious recipes with buffalo sauce? Check out my cookbook, Buffalo Style, or check out some WhitneyBond.com favorites like Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne, Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni, Buffalo Chicken Taco Ring and Buffalo Chicken Burgers!
♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.
♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten-free macaroni noodles to make this recipe gluten-free. Always make sure the buffalo sauce used is gluten-free, Frank’s Buffalo Sauce, as seen in this recipe, is gluten-free.