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Creamy Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese - Recipe
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Creamy Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese – Recipe

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!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, jalapeno, macaroni, recipe, spicy
Servings: 8
Calories: 682kcal

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add the shredded cheese a bit at a time, swirling until all of the cheese is incorporated.
  • Drain the noodles, then stir them and the reserved bacon and jalapenos into the pan until they are completely covered.
  • Garnish and serve!

Nutrition

Calories: 682kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 726mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1460IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 528mg | Iron: 1.8mg