Cheddar Bacon Grits

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


12 servings

Updated: Dec. 02, 2023
In the South, grits are served plain with a little butter or loaded with extras, as is my recipe with bacon, cheddar and green chiles. —Amanda Reed, Nashville, Tennessee
Cheddar Bacon Grits Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked old-fashioned grits
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • Sliced green onions, optional


  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, bring water to a boil. Slowly stir in grits, salt and paprika. Reduce heat; cook, covered, 15-20 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  2. Reduce heat to low. Stir in cheese, bacon and chiles until cheese is melted. If desired, sprinkle with green onions.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 199 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 418mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.