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Chili Macaroni and Cheese Boats

Chili Macaroni and Cheese Boats

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Family time = football in my house.  My husband, son, and I are huge football fans and Sunday afternoons are spent on the couch, watching the games.  As much as I love to cook, I don’t like to be stuck in the kitchen while the games are on,  so try to prep snacks and meals in advance.  We usually snack on taquitos, potato skins, and fresh veggies, but sometimes want a real meal and what a meal it is!  What goes better with the big game than plain old chili?  Chili macaroni and cheese boats!   Yummy!

{Post is sponsored by Old El Paso and Walmart but this recipe and opinions are my own.}

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I was not always a big football fan.  Years ago, when my husband put the football games on, I thought football was boring and left the room to go watch a movie or read a book.  Only problem is that my husband and I both worked all week, and my son was busy with school, so the weekends were our only time to spend together.  My husband and son in the family room watching the games while I watched a movie in another room was not quality family time, so something had to change.  When our family had the opportunity to join a co-ed fantasy football league, I jumped at the chance to learn more about the game, so we could spend more time together.  To my surprise, I actually began to love football!  Now, five years later, I know the players, teams, and game so well that I consistently do well with my fantasy football team, even winning the whole league one year!

With my son away at college most of the year, Sunday football is more important than ever for my husband and I, it is our time to snuggle together on the couch.  The rare moments when our son is home with us, such as for Christmas break, are precious family time…we always have a game to watch together and there are always snacks.  So…all you people who think football is boring?  Give fit a try!  There is nothing better than watching the BIG GAME with family, friends, and lots of snacks.

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These chili macaroni and cheese boats are the bomb!  I mix my famous Game Day chili recipe with a creamy cheese sauce and elbow noodles, then scoop it into heated Old El Paso soft flour tortilla boats.  I picked up the Old El Paso soft flour tortilla boats at Walmart when I purchased my chili ingredients.  Old El Paso also has whole wheat soft tortilla boats, mini soft flour tortilla boats, Bold Ranch Stand and Stuff corn taco shells, Bold Spicy Cheddar Stand and Stuff corn taco shells, and Bold Nacho Cheese Stand and Stuff corn taco shells, so you can make all kinds of delicious snacks for the Big Game.

Chili Macaroni and Cheese Boats 7The boats make wonderful bowls to hold the chili macaroni and cheese, and my family loves that after they finish the chili macaroni & cheese, they can also eat the flour tortilla boat – it certainly makes cleanup a breeze!  I serve the boats with chopped scallions, fresh chopped tomato, and shredded cheese for extra cheesiness.

  • 2 c. Elbow Noodles
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1 Tbsp. Flour
  • 1 1/2 c. Milk
  • 3 oz. Velveeta Cheese, cubed
  • 1 c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 batch Game Day Chili
  • 1 Package Old El Paso Soft Flour Tortilla Boats

Cook the elbow noodles according to directions, then drain and set aside.  Melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium high heat, then stir in the flour to make a roux.  Slowly add the milk and whisk to blend the butter roux with the milk, stirring constantly.  When the milk starts to bubble, add the Velveeta cubes and cheddar cheese and blend until the cheese is melted.  Pour the cheese sauce over the noodles, plus 2 cups of the game day chili.  Mix together to blend.  Heat the flour tortilla boats in the oven according to package instructions, then scoop the chili macaroni & cheese in each boat.  Serve immediately.

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Julie is the Arizona-based food, travel, and lifestyle writer/editor of A Cork, Fork, & Passport. She is an accomplished chef, traveler, kid wrangler, dachshund chaser, and social media influencer.