Spicy Baked Mac And Cheese

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This Spicy Mac And Cheese is the perfect twist on a classic! A delicious meal for dinner or a great side for Cinco de Mayo or a barbecue.

Spicy Mac & Cheese

Spicy Mac And Cheese

Everyone loves mac and cheese, but sometimes you want to make something for dinner that has a little kick. My Spicy Baked Mac And Cheese is a great twist on a classic!

The best part of this recipe is that you can control the amount of spice. You can choose to use only one chipotle pepper or omit the fresh jalapeƱos completely. Try to tailor it to what you think will work best for your family overall. If you do make it less spicy, you can offer a little cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes at the table for anyone who wants to add. 

This homemade spicy mac and cheese has a great flavor and is one of the best comfort foods for anyone who enjoys spicy food. Top it with a little sour cream to cool it off, but enjoy everything that comes with this delicious recipe!

A blue bowl with spicy mac and cheese with jalapeno slices and a metal fork

Spicy Mac And Cheese Recipe

Ingredients:
1 lb elbow macaroni
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp all purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp pepper
2 chipotle peppers in adobo
12 oz Colby Jack cheese, shredded
8 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed
Pickled or fresh jalapeƱo pepper slices (optional)

Ingredients for Spicy Mac & Cheese on a wooden server, including Velveeta cheese, flour, milk, butter, elbow macaroni, and spices
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a large pot, boil water and cook the macaroni until you have al dente pasta, about 7 minutes.

Spicy sauce having been mixed together in a tupperware bowlWhile the pasta cooks, take out your blender. Add the milk, garlic powder, oregano, pepper, and chipotle peppers and blend until the chipotles are finely chopped.

A white colander with cooked elbow macaroniOnce the pasta is ready, drain the macaroni and set it aside in a colander.

Return the large saucepan to low heat and melt the butter. Add the flour and cook for one minute.

Increase the stove to medium heat and slowly whisk in the milk mixture. Keep whisking until it comes to a simmer and thickens.

Spicy Mac and Cheese in a baking dishAdd the Colby Jack cheese a handful at a time, whisking until completely melted between each addition. Add the Velveeta and whisk until melted. Remove your pot from the heat and add the drained macaroni. Stir to combine.

Pour the now cheesy pasta into a lightly greased 9 x 13-inch casserole dish. Try to even it out so that there isn’t more macaroni mixture on one side than the other.

A blue bowl with spicy mac and cheese inside next to a bowl of jalapeno peppers and the pyrex baking dish with the rest of the casseroleBake until it just starts to brown, about 15-20 minutes. Serve hot with jalapeno slices and enjoy!

Store any hot mac and cheese leftovers in an airtight container or under plastic wrap or aluminum foil in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

A blue bowl with spicy mac and cheese and a metal fork on top

Can I Use Different Types Of Cheese For The Spicy Cheese Sauce? 

Yes! I highly recommend keeping the Velveeta cheese to maintain the creamy cheese sauce, but you can swap out the Colby Jack for something else. Some good options are pepper jack cheese, Monterey Jack, sharp cheddar cheese, or a combination of cheeses. You could use parmesan cheese for flavor, but you’ll want to use parmesan shredded from a brick so that it melts more easily.

Spicy Mac & Cheese in a bowl

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Yield: 8 servings

Spicy Mac And Cheese

Spicy Mac And Cheese

This Spicy Mac And Cheese is the perfect twist on a classic! A delicious meal for dinner or a great side for Cinco de Mayo or a barbecue.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 12 oz Colby Jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • Pickled or fresh jalapeno slices

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large pot, boil water and cook your macaroni until al dente, about 7 minutes. 
  3. While the pasta is cooking, take out your blender.
  4. Add your milk, garlic powder, oregano, pepper and chipotle peppers and blend until the chipotles are finely chopped.
  5. Once ready, drain the macaroni and set it aside in a colander.
  6. Return the pot to low heat and melt the butter.
  7. Add the flour and cook for one minute.
  8. Increase the heat to medium and slowly whisk in the milk mixture.
  9. Keep whisking until it comes to a simmer and thickens.
  10. Add Colby Jack cheese a handful at a time, whisking until completely melted between each addition.
  11. Add Velveeta and whisk until melted.
  12. Remove your pot from the heat and add the drained macaroni.
  13. Stir to combine.
  14. Pour the pasta into a lightly greased 13x9 baking dish.
  15. Bake until it just starts to brown, about 15-20 minutes.
  16. Serve hot with jalapeno slices and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 422Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 750mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 21g

This calculation is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor or dietitian. This calculator is a guide, but makes no guarantee of being exact or fully accurate.

Spicy Mac and Cheese topped with jalapenos in a blue bowl with a fork on top

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