Baked Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Recipe

Baked Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Recipe

How To Make Jalapeño Mac and Cheese

Spice up your usual mac and cheese with our easy recipe made with elbow macaroni mixed in a cheesy creamy jalapeño sauce, topped with a bread crumb topping.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



  • 12ozelbow macaroni
  • ¼cupbutter
  • ¼cupall-purpose flour
  • ½tspsalt
  • 2cupsmilk,warmed
  • 4ozjalapeños,diced
  • ½tspgarlic powder
  • 3ozcream cheese,cubed
  • cupscheddar cheese,sharp shredded, divided

For Topping:

  • 1tbspbutter
  • 2tbspbread crumbs
  • 1tbspreal bacon bits


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Drain well.

  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.

  4. Slowly add the milk a little bit at a time, whisking after each addition, until smooth. Once all of the milk is whisked in, add cream cheese and garlic powder and whisk until smooth.

  5. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, until thick and bubbly.

  6. Remove from the heat and stir in 1¼ cups of cheese, macaroni, and jalapeños. Pour into a 2-quart baking dish.

  7. Top with the remaining cheese. Mix the butter and breadcrumbs and sprinkle over the top.

  8. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or just until the crumbs are golden.

Recipe Notes

  • Slowly add the milk, a little at a time. It will seem pasty at first. Add more milk and then whisk. Continue adding the milk and whisking until smooth after each addition.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat before adding the cheddar cheese.
  • It is preferred to use jarred, canned, or pickled jalapeños in this recipe. If using fresh jalapeños, roast, and seed them first.
  • Shred your own cheese for best results. Pre-shredded cheeses have anti-caking agents to keep them from clumping and they don’t always melt smoothly.



  • Calories: 567.84kcal
  • Fat: 29.86g
  • Saturated Fat: 17.09g
  • Trans Fat: 0.78g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.50g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.66g
  • Carbohydrates: 54.29g
  • Fiber: 2.61g
  • Sugar: 7.11g
  • Protein: 20.30g
  • Cholesterol: 84.07mg
  • Sodium: 522.83mg
  • Calcium: 350.89mg
  • Potassium: 347.59mg
  • Iron: 1.30mg
  • Vitamin A: 267.30µg
  • Vitamin C: 22.42mg
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