Sonora Style Macaroni Salad
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- 1 pound uncooked macaroni noodles
- 1 cup fresh peas
- 1 8-ounce jar roasted red peppers drained
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Mexican crema
- 2 tablespoons sauce from sweet chipotles in adobo
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 ounces thick cut ham
- 2-3 ears fresh corn husked
- 1/2 red onion diced
- 2 ribs celery diced
- 1/2 cup muenster cheese or your favorite cheese, diced
- 2 scallions thinly sliced
- Bring salted water to a boil over high heat in a large pot. Add macaroni noodles and cook according to package instructions, adding in the peas in the last minute of cooking. Drain the macaroni and peas into a colander and rinse with cold water until cooled.
- Add the roasted peppers, mayonnaise, crema, chipotle sauce, yellow mustard, salt and pepper to a blender. Blend until very smooth. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, set aside.
- Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Add the ham and corn to the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes, tossing and flipping occasionally, until the ham is browned on all sides and the corn starts to char. Remove the ham and corn from the grill. Chop the ham into 1/2-inch cubes and cut the corn from the cob. Transfer the corn and ham into the mayonnaise mixture. Add in the cooked macaroni and peas, along with the onion, celery, cheese and scallions. Toss everything together until coated. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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I really want to make this salad but I cannot find sweet Chipoltes in Adobo sauce anywhere. I have been on Amazon and all the grocery stores I have available. I live in Canada and sometimes we are limited to ingredients especially in a smaller community. Can you suggest something else I could use. I appreciate your help.
I know Christine, sometimes is hard to find them. I love the ones from La Costena, maybe you can try on their website https://www.lacostena.com.mx/en/products/chipotles-dulces-en-trocitos/
Superstores or Extra Foods stock a good selection of La Costena products in Canada.
Awesome, thanks for sharing this info TR, greetings!
This was delicious! Perfect for the 90-degree weather we’ve been having. One problem, though – even cutting the recipe in half, it still made a huge amount. I think we’ll be eating leftovers for a few days.
Left overs of something you like are always a good thing, right?
Hi Pati ! The salad calls for sweet Chipotle sauce. I’ve never seen or noticed sweet only regular is there a difference. I live in San Antonio and shouldn’t have any problem finding it.I just want to be clear on what I m looking for. Thank you so much for your fabulous recipes 😀
Yes, sweet chipotles are a thing! And they are not just sweeter that regular ones, they are also milder and delicious. Try looking for those from La Costena, my favorites!
The salad was delicious I didn’t put to much of the chipotle sauce in case was to spicy. We ate it cold and my daughter loved, she served herself twice 🙌😁
So happy to hear you guys enjoy the salad, yay Teresa!
Hi Pati, when you say Mexican crema do you mean table cream or sour cream? Thanks! And I love all of your recipes and make them all of the time.
Honestly, none because Mexican Crema is very unique. If you cannot find it, then substitute with sour cream 😉
How long last in refrigerator
It has mayonnaise and crema Thomas, so give it 3 to 4 days at most 🙂
Thank you for all that you do. We love your show. We love your recipes and especially when you cook with your boys. It’s import to involve the kids in the kitchen. My son loves to cook too. I have made several things of yours and they all have been delicious. I can’t wait to make this salad!! Thank you!!
Thanks to you for so much kindness Julia!
Pati, I love how you cook! My New Mexican grandmother taught me to cook. I think she would have loved this salad. But, I’m driving myself crazy looking for “sweet” chipotle chiles in adobo sauce. All I’m finding are the usual brands thst all mention their product has some sweetness but LaCostena nor any other brands are marketing anything actually called “sweet”.
Hola Christina, you can find the sweet chipotles from la Costena in the big national chain grocery stores such as Walmart and Kroger; I found mine in the Mega Mart close to my house 🙂 I am sure you can look them up online too, Amazon should have some options. Good luck!
Two suggestions: It would be great to include a picture of the dish when printing out the recipe.
We diabetics live and die by the nutrient counts in recipes. Please consider added these at the end of the recipes.
Thanks so much for your suggestion Elayne, passing it on to my team.
Hola Pati! Tried this salad and it is a winner. My husband’s new favorite.
One question though – is 2 ounces of ham a typo? I used a LOT more than that.
Love your show!
Hola Brad! So glad you guys enjoy the salad; by all means add as much ham as you like 😉
I love your shows especially the more recent ones but I have take exception to what’s on the shows and what shows up in the recipe page. The lovely thick slices of ham that you used twice in the show for the salad must weigh in at 6-8 oz each yet the recipe only calls for 2 oz which would get lost in the salad. Quite a bad typo.
Thanks for pointing this out Woody, I’ll double check the recipe 🙂
I would like to make this salad
But can’t find sweet chipotle in adobo
Can you give a brand name
My favorites are from La Costena, try your local Walmart or hispanic market Marylou 🙂
Patti, I love your show, I love your family! The way you passed down the love of cooking simply by including your kids, in the cooking process is beautiful! I am so glad yooour cooking is on TV! Thank you!
Thanks to you for tuning and and for your kindness Isela 😉
Making this amazing salad for 4th of july!!
Yay, enjoy Jill!
Great recipe!! My daughter commented “this macaroni salad is dangerous” as she served herself a second helping. Found all ingredients except for the sweet chipotles in adobo so added 2 traditional chipotle peppers from a can and that was fine. This recipe will definitely be our contribution for any family gathering. Thank you Pati for sharing you love of Mexican cooking and history with us!
Dangerous is a compliment I will take anytime when it comes to my food haha, thanks Hilda! Hugs to you and your daughter 🙂
I found all of the ingredients and made this today. It’s delicious, with just the right amount of heat from the chipotles. We’re having it as a complete meal tonight but I’m anxious to serve it with bbq fare this summer. At times I will omit the ham for a vegetarian family member. Thanks for another wonderful recipe Pati!
So glad you liked it Marlene, the vegetarian version will be yummy as well 🙂
Pati I just love your show and your excitement about your cooking!!! I am going to try your Sonoran Macaroni salad
Thank you so much!
Thanks for your kindness Karen, enjoy the Salad 🙂
I watch you all the time on PBS and decided to try this pasta salad for the Superbowl. I really love the mix of flavors and how hearty it is. I will make this again and again.
So happy you liked this pasta Nicole, gracias!
Pati, my oldest daughter and i made this the other day and it literally brought tears to my eyes because it reminded me so much of the macaroni salad my mother made for me as a child. She passed last summer and her loss was very difficult for all of us. But just eating that macaroni salad brought back happy memories. Thank you for that.
Gracias Maria for your very sweet message, so glad this recipe brought back the memories of your mom’s kitchen. Un abrazo!
This is a winner! A new favorite. ¡Bien hecho! Pati
Just saw your episode, this salad looks delicious. Im gonna add some diced seranno chilies to spice it up!
The salad has already a bit of spice because of the chipotle sauce Ryan, but of course some serranos will be yummy!
I don’t like mayonnaise what can I substitute it with????
Hi Rica, you may want to try cottage cheese, olive oil or maybe some avocado crema, good luck!
I have found avocado mayonnaise has gotten me past that issue.
I have tried to find those sweet chipotles in adobo and have even looked for them in the brand you mentioned in comments below, the “La Costena” brand. But I can not find any that are specially marked as “sweet chipotles in adobo.” The only ones I find are marked in the usual way, as plain old “chipotles in adobo”, instead of labeled as a sweet kind. I searched almost everywhere else on internet I could think and could not find them.
Are the ones which you use in the recipe actually labeled as “sweet chipotles” on the packaging?
Thank you for your wonderful new season.
Just go ahead and use traditional chipotles in adobo Tom, this pasta salad will be equally delicious 😉
I will definitely be trying this, the ingredients are so interesting!!
Thanks so much Darren, hope you like it 🙂
This sounds really yummy, but I am wondering about the 2 Tablespoons of sauce from sweet chipotles in adobo. I have not had any luck finding sweet chipotles in adobo, can you recommend a brand. Thank you for all the great recipes, techniques and information you share, we have liked/enjoyed every recipe we tried.
Thanks so much for reaching out T. My favorite brand is La Costena, you can find it online 😉
Thank you for your reply and information. I actually have that brand on the list for my next mexgrocer order. Thank you again. Looking forward to the next cookbook. You are so awesome!
DEBORAH K OLIVEIRA
Where do you find sweet chipotles in adobo?
In Latin or Hispanic Markets Deborah, also you can try online from La Costena 😉
Now that looks good.
It is good Robert, hope you will give it a try 😉
This salad is simply delicious. The kids love it and I have used it in our family get togethers and everyone loves it. Thank you very much Pati!
As a vegetarian, what can I use instead of ham?
Just leave the ham out Anirudh, it will be equally delicious 😉