Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese Recipe

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese Recipe

How To Make Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

Cheesy and spicy, this jalapeno popper mac and cheese is a delicious twist to the classic dish. It’s made with four cheeses, bacon bits, and jalapenos.

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



  • 2tbspbutter
  • 2tbspflour
  • 2cupswater
  • cupsmilk
  • 1lbshort pastacavatappi or elbow macaroni
  • ¾tspsalt
  • ¼tspgarlic powder
  • ¼tsponion powder
  • ¼tspblack pepper
  • 3cupswhite cheddar cheeseshredded
  • 1cupwhite American cheeseshredded or diced
  • 2ozcream cheese
  • 8slicesbaconcooked and crumbled
  • ½cupjalapenosminced, fresh or pickled, remove seeds and veins
  • 1cupPanko Breadcrumbs
  • ¼cupParmesan Cheesegrated
  • ¼cupbuttermelted
  • 2tbspcilantrochopped
  • additional bacon and jalapenosfor garnish, optional


  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the flour, then whisk for about 30 seconds until combined.

  2. Pour in the water and whisk until smooth and just thickened.

  3. Add the milk and whisk until combined.

  4. Stir in the macaroni, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper, then bring the mixture to a simmer.

  5. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is done.

  6. Turn the heat to low, then stir in the cheddar, American, and cream cheeses. Keep stirring until the sauce is smooth. Stir in the jalapenos and bacon.

  7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  8. In a medium bowl, mix together the panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and butter. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the macaroni.

  9. Bake for 10 minutes or until topping is light brown. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve, garnished with additional bacon and jalapenos if desired.


  • Calories: 760.68kcal
  • Fat: 45.76g
  • Saturated Fat: 23.60g
  • Trans Fat: 0.97g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 13.58g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.60g
  • Carbohydrates: 56.46g
  • Fiber: 2.31g
  • Sugar: 8.09g
  • Protein: 30.01g
  • Cholesterol: 115.83mg
  • Sodium: 794.83mg
  • Calcium: 563.75mg
  • Potassium: 408.99mg
  • Iron: 1.20mg
  • Vitamin A: 294.75µg
  • Vitamin C: 6.76mg
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