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Jalapeno-Bacon Mac & Cheese

All my dishes use ingredients that are usually sitting in the fire department pantry. I just adjust amounts depending on how many people we have on duty that day. This is always popular. —Nick Kaczor, New Hudson, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) evaporated milk
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapenos
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon strips (about 7 strips), cooked and crumbled


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook macaroni according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually whisk in milk and mustard. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in jalapenos and 3 cups cheese until cheese is melted.
  • Reserve 1/4 cup crumbled bacon; stir remaining bacon into sauce.
  • Drain macaroni and return to pot; stir in cheese sauce. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with remaining cheese and reserved bacon. Bake, uncovered, 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 636 calories, 34g fat (20g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 759mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 31g protein.

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  • preachermom
    Aug 2, 2020

    Wow! A homemade mac-n-cheese that the kids wanted seconds of. This is a tasty recipe. I used fresh Jalapenos, which worked out just fine.

  • Angel182009
    Mar 9, 2016

    Best mac and cheese recipe I've ever tried. I've been on the hunt for one I really love for years and this one is a keeper. It is so creamy and is great reheated as well. I was worried that the leftovers would become dry but they didn't.

  • janeenj
    Dec 27, 2014

    Here in Texas, everything is better with jalape?os and bacon. Great idea to add to ordinary mac & cheese. I substituted precooked bacon crumbles from Costco for the bacon strips. Just microwave briefly to crisp, then stir in. 4 stars instead of 5 because was really dry - probably because 'made it to take' a couple of hours before baking. I would recommend baking immediately or, if making a few hours ahead, save 1/2-1 cup of pasta water to stir into sauce since the macaroni will absorb more liquid before baking. Man-pleasing - even for breakfast the next morning (what can I say?)

  • danielleylee
    Dec 27, 2014

    I cut this recipe in half and baked it in a 8 by 8 glass baking dish. My husband thought the pickled jalape?os overpowered the dish.

  • ashr85
    Nov 12, 2014

    I love this macaroni and cheese- very tasty! And what a good looking cook.