Bacon Mac & Cheese Recipe
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Bacon Mac & Cheese Recipe

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Bacon and jalapeno pepper update ordinary mac and cheese, giving it great grown-up taste. I serve this comforting dish throughout the year.—Shelly Boehm, South Bend, Indiana
Featured In: Top 10 Bacon Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 6 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 pound bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • 3 green onions, chopped

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 438 calories, 26g fat (13g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 1106mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Saute jalapeno in reserved drippings. Add milk and cheeses to pan; cook and stir until blended. Stir in the onion powder, chili powder, salt, pepper and pepper sauce.
  3. Drain macaroni; add to pan with the onions and cooked bacon. Mix well.
  4. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 16 servings (3/4 cup each).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Bacon Mac & Cheese in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p113

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Swilliamson003 User ID: 8934980 254234
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2016

"Very very good, did as recipe called for except added less Jalape?o. Everyone loved it."

baglov04 User ID: 8747282 243022
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"By far the best mac n cheese I've ever made and i'm a mac n cheese snobb. The only things I did different was add more jalapeno and one habanero (I like it really spicy) and I ommitted the green onion (simply because I didn't have any) and the recipe came out to die for. I will definitely be making this again soon!"

eramascot User ID: 8719942 242667
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"for added color add some broccoli. Good way to sneak it in under the kids nose"

MY REVIEW User ID: 5651791 241283
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"Very good. Added panko topping"

JudyVarnamCox User ID: 8481470 232018
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2015

"My family gives this one a big thumbs up! The bacon really brings it a step up. Great side dish for any meat. JudyLA"

SusanH54 User ID: 6442199 222638
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2015

"Attn: luvmac -- when you buy shredded cheese if you look at the bags - an 8 oz bag = 2 cups."

luvmac User ID: 8288535 222582
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015 Edited Mar. 13, 2015

"I am confused on the amount of cheese. The recipe keeps saying add 1 cup (4 ounces) for the cheeses, BUT, a cup is 8 ounces. Is it supposed to be 4 ounces of each cheese, or 8 ounces???"

rcfslp User ID: 7851520 211676
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2014

"Ridiculously easy and a crowd pleaser!"

fuzzball5 User ID: 7704668 172117
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"This is the perfect mac and cheese recipe. I used half velveeta and half cream cheese and this worked very well. I made this with pork chops and the mac and cheese was eaten first. There was nothing left after the meal which made me happy:)"

gaylene2 User ID: 3368539 189010
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"It was delicious even though I didn't use Velveeta. We are not big Velveeta fans so I used cream cheese in its place. It worked great!"

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