Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Mac and Cheese

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  • ▢6 cups Flamin’ Hot Cheetos , divided
  • ▢5 cups whole milk
  • ▢1 pound large elbow macaroni
  • ▢1/2 cup unsalted butter , divided
  • ▢1/4 cup flour
  • ▢1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ▢1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ▢2 cups mozzarella cheese , freshly shredded
  • ▢2 cups cheddar cheese , freshly shredded
  • ▢8 ounces American Cheese , slices

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  • Add 3 cups of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos to your food processor and pulverize into crumbs.
  • Add to milk and let sit while pasta water comes to a boil and cooks (about 20 minutes).
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook pasta 2 minutes shy of the directions on the box and drain (do not rinse).
  • Add 4 tablespoons of the butter to a large pot on medium heat and melt.
  • Whisk in the flour, salt and cayenne pepper and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Slowly whisk in the steeped milk and bring to a simmer.
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes until the milk has thickened, then add in the mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese and American cheese.
  • Whisk well until the cheese is melted then fold in the cooked pasta.
  • Pour mixture into 13×9 baking dish and bake for 15 minutes.
  • While the pasta is baking, lightly crush the remaining Cheetos and add to a large frying pan with the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter on medium heat.
  • Stir, cooking for 1 minute until sizzling and the red color is intensified.
  • When pasta comes out of the oven top with buttery Cheetos and serve immediately.

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