Classic Cheese

Bacon and Jalapeno Mac & Cheese

Prep Time: 30 min  |  Cook Time: 30 min  |  Servings: 8  |  Calories: 892

Bacon and Jalapeno Mac & Cheese
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min

Turn up the heat on a classic comfort food dish. Our spicy mac and cheese is just fiery enough to satisfy those who enjoy hot spices but mild enough for those who only dabble. This pot full of gold is a delicious blend of cheeses including Sargento® Shredded Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese.

  • 3 cups dry elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 large fresh jalapeños, seeded, deveined and finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 3-1/2 cups (14 oz.) Sargento® Shredded Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 oz.) Sargento® Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican - Traditional Cut
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard powder
  • 1 pkg. (12 oz.) smoked bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 3/4 cup plain panko crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in large stock pot. Once boiling, add dry macaroni and cook 9 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in large stock pot. Add minced jalapeño and cook 1 minute. Add flour and cook 2-3 minutes. Whisk in milk and half-and-half. Bring to a boil and cook 2-3 minutes until thickened, whisking continually. Remove from heat.
  3. Add cheeses, salt, peppers and mustard. Stir until cheeses are melted. Add bacon and macaroni and stir until fully combined.
  4. Pour into a 3 qt. baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Combine panko crumbs and 2 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle over top of macaroni and cheese.
  5. Bake 30 minutes until top is golden brown.

Serving Size 8

Calories 892

*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Amount/Serving %DV*
Total Fat 57.50g 85%
Sat. Fat 32.00g 155%
Mono Unsat. Fat 11.40g
Poly Unsat. Fat 2.00g
Cholesterol 143mg 55%
Sodium 1445mg 75%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 0g
Protein 45g
Vitamin A 155RE
Vitamin C 5mg 8%
Calcium 637mg 63%
Iron 2mg 11%
1 Review


I tried this recipe two days ago. It is absolutely delicious. I do not tolerate spicy food but this one had just the right amount of heat. Gave to some of my friends and all of them loved it. Will be making this from now own.


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