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23 January 2019

This jalapeno popper mac and cheese recipe is extra creamy with loads of cheese, bacon and jalapeno peppers, with just the right amount of spice. This is a no-bake version. Come and get it!

I know you guys want some of this macaroni and cheese. It’s crazy good, taking all of the wonderful ingredients of your typical bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers and turning them into an equally wonderful mac and cheese dish.

Yes! I will certainly take some of that!

Of course I’m insane for jalapeno poppers – I mean, just check out my Jalapeno Poppers Recipes section as evidence – as I’m insane for jalapeno peppers in general – see #MikesJalapenoObsession – can’t help myself!

What I Love About this Recipe

I love this recipe because it does not require any baking. I’ve seen and tasted a lot of macaroni and cheese recipes that are topped with some sort of crunch factor and then baked, and I don’t always love them.

Why? They tend to dry out. All that wonderful cheese can sometimes get soaked into the noodles and gum up, and it loses that creaminess I really want.

Not this jalapeno popper mac and cheese recipe!

Making it with a roux that lets you control the cheese and spice and everything else is my favorite way to make it.

This mac and cheese recipe takes it all to a whole new level. Talk about awesomeness. And cheesiness. And creaminess. And deliciousness.

All those good “nesses” in there.

Creamy Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese in a pan, with extra jalapeno pepper slices over the top

There’s really no reason for me to go on and on about this, as you can see from the photo how crave-inducing it is, so let’s just talk about how we make it, shall we?

But first, we’re going to need a lot of cheese!

Loads of shredded cheese for our Creamy Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese - Recipe

How to Make Creamy Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese – the Recipe Method

First, cook down your bacon and jalapeno peppers in a pan until the bacon becomes crispy, about 6-7 minutes.

Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve, saving the bacon grease in the pan.

Reserved cooked bacon and jalapeno peppers on a plate

While the bacon and jalapeno peppers are cooking, boil the noodles in salted water until al dente, about 10 minutes or so.

Stir the butter into the pan and let it melt with the rendered bacon fat over medium-low heat.

Stir in the flour until a roux forms. Cook it about 5 minutes, until it starts to brown.

Making the roux in a pan

Add the milk and sour cream and stir until it thickens up, only a few minutes.

Add the cream cheese, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper and hot sauce and swirl until the cream cheese melts through.

Making the roux in a pan

Add the shredded cheese a bit at a time, swirling until all of the cheese is incorporated.

Stirring the cheese into the roux

Drain the noodles, then stir them and the reserved bacon and jalapenos into the pan until they are completely covered.

Stirring the noodles into the macaroni and cheese

Garnish and serve!

Spicing Things Up

If you’d like a spicier version of this recipe, include extra hot chili flakes when seasoning, or use a spicy chili powder. Or both!

You can also include hotter peppers. Serrano peppers would be great here, as would spicier habanero peppers or even ghost peppers for those who like it REALLY hot.

Hot sauce is perfect, too!

That’s it my friends! I hope you enjoy your creamy jalapeno popper mac and cheese! I certainly will!

Like Mac and Cheese? Try Some of My Other Popular Recipes

Creamy Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese in a pan, ready to serve

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS.Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

4.75 from 4 votes
Creamy Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese - Recipe
Creamy Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese – Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
This jalapeno popper mac and cheese recipe is extra creamy with loads of cheese, bacon and jalapeno peppers, with just the right amount of spice. This is a no-bake version. Come and get it!
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, jalapeno, macaroni, recipe, spicy
Servings: 8
Calories: 682 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 1 pound noodles I used cavatapi, but you can use similar noodles
  • 8 slices bacon chopped
  • 3 jalapeno peppers chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup crema or sour cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of your favorite hot sauce or more, as desired!
  • 8 ounces Monterrey Jack cheese shredded
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese shredded
  • FOR GARNISH: Extra jalapeno slices, spicy chili flakes, fresh chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon and jalapeno peppers in a pan until the bacon becomes crispy, about 6-7 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve, saving the bacon grease in the pan.
  2. While the bacon and jalapeno peppers are cooking, boil the noodles in salted water until al dente, about 10 minutes or so.
  3. Stir the butter into the pan and let it melt with the rendered bacon fat over medium-low heat.
  4. Stir in the flour until a roux forms. Cook it about 5 minutes, until it starts to brown.
  5. Add the milk and sour cream and stir until it thickens up, only a few minutes.
  6. Add the cream cheese, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper and hot sauce and swirl until the cream cheese melts through.
  7. Add the shredded cheese a bit at a time, swirling until all of the cheese is incorporated.
  8. Drain the noodles, then stir them and the reserved bacon and jalapenos into the pan until they are completely covered.
  9. Garnish and serve!
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese – Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 682 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 63%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 726mg 30%
Potassium 318mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 29.2%
Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 52.8%
Iron 9.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Creamy Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese – This jalapeno popper mac and cheese recipe is extra creamy with loads of cheese, bacon and jalapeno peppers, with just the right amount of spice. This is a no-bake version. Come and get it! #MacandCheese #Jalapenos #Spicy

7 comments


  1. I am crazy about jalepenos. I want them in my pizzas, subs, and everything else. 😛 And this mac and cheese looks so delicious, more so loaded with jalepenos! Wonderful presentation with step by photos!


  2. It doesn’t get much better than homemade mac and cheese — except when you add jalapenos and bacon. Yum!!!

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