Grown up Creamy Hot Dog Mac and Cheese

Grown Up Mac and Cheese

Grown Up Mac and Cheese

You've probably made hot dog mac and cheese for your kids, but this is a grown-up version, featuring chipotle pepper adobo sauce, that you'll want to eat, too. Bonus: It's a great way to use up leftover hot dogs.


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


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta until tender. Reserve 1 C of the pasta water.

In another pot, melt 2 tbsp butter and saute the onion until tender.

Whisk in the flour, 1 tsp mustard powder, and the adobo sauce. Stir in the evaporated milk and simmer for about 5 minutes.

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.
Add the pasta and hot dogs to the cheese sauce.
Mix well.

Pour the mixture into an 8×8 baking dish.

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.

Broil on high until the panko is slightly browned.

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