Jalapeno Bacon Macaroni and Cheese topped with Cheetos



Yeah, you read that correctly.

I put Cheetos on my macaroni and cheese. Please don’t judge me. It wasn’t even my idea. A lovely reader whose name I have forgotten (I’m such a jerk, I know.) emailed and asked if I could replicate a recipe from some restaurant whose name I have forgotten (see previous parenthetical about my jerkiness) that was topped with Cheetos.

I was all over that job, you guys. Like, people email me and ask me to make ridiculous recipes and then I get to call that “work.”

“Sorry, honey, I can’t do the laundry. I’m working. On mac and cheese with Cheetos. I have to taste test it again. It’s my job.”

My life is so hard. Be thankful that you don’t have to be me, covered in orange cheese powder and bacon grease, with a mouthful of creamy, cheesy goodness.

I’m going to have to insist that y’all try this recipe. It’s a keeper. I only added 1 seeded jalapeno and couldn’t taste it at all. I’d bump it up to 2 or leave some seeds in for an extra kick, but I’m going to write the recipe as I made it. Just adjust to your liking! This also feeds a small army, so feel free to halve the recipe or plan to reheat the leftovers for lunch the next day.

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Jalapeno Bacon Macaroni and Cheese with Cheetos

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Servings: 8 servings
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: back to school, kid-friendly recipes, weeknight dinner recipes
Calories: 749 kcal

Yeah, you read that correctly.

I put Cheetos on my macaroni and cheese. Please don't judge me. It wasn't even my idea.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces large elbow macaroni
  • 6 slices bacon diced and fried
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and minced (more to taste)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 cups gruyere grated
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup Cheetos crushed

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the noodles according to package directions, removing them from the water 1 minute before the package states for al dente.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter a 2.5 quart baking dish.
  3. In a large sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the jalapeno and cook for one minute. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes or until flour has browned a bit.
  4. Pour in the milk, cream, and salt and continue cooking, whisking constantly, for 3 minutes.
  5. Slowly add the cheese a handful at a time, stirring to melt completely before each new addition.
  6. When cheese is completely melted, add the bacon and drained macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir to coat completely.
  7. Pour the macaroni and cheese into the prepared baking dish and top with the crushed Cheetos.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Jalapeno Bacon Macaroni and Cheese with Cheetos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 749 Calories from Fat 441
% Daily Value*
Fat 49g75%
Saturated Fat 29g181%
Cholesterol 153mg51%
Sodium 800mg35%
Potassium 323mg9%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 1485IU30%
Vitamin C 2.2mg3%
Calcium 691mg69%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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