Jalapeno Poppers with Mac and Cheese Cheetos

Jalapeño mac and cheese poppers

Warning- these mac and cheese jalapeno poppers are epic. I ate two while I was shooting them and had to go back to the kitchen and stuff some more! Cheesy macaroni covered in crunchy Cheetos and more melted cheese, swoon!

Spicy jalapenos stuffed with macaroni and topped with Cheetos

I’ve always known about jalapeno poppers but never tasted them until recently. This surprises me because I’m all about spicy things to eat.  Our annual family camping trip was a few weeks ago and  between us and another two families, we all share the responsibilities of making dinner each night. The night before we left I was prepping some ingredients for packing and I came across these Gorgonzola Cheese and bacon poppers on Foodiecrush. They looked so simple to make and I had all of the ingredients in the fridge…I had to make them. I’m glad I did because they were really good.

Spicy jalapenos

I’m not going to lie, you’re shoving half of a chili straight into your mouth but there’s no need to freak out. As long as you remove all of those tiny white seeds inside the chili, then you should be okay on the heat spice-ometer. They still pack a tiny kick  but the filling is so worth it, you should make them just for that. I promise you, it’s really difficult to stop at just one of these. The topping is a mixture of crushed Cheetos and sharp cheddar. Eat these along with some ice cold beer and extra Cheetos because those things are addictive!

Cheesy stuffed jalapenos with a Cheetos topping

 

Easy spicy stuffed jalapenos with macaroni and cheese

 

Jalapeno Poppers with Mac and Cheese Cheetos

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

45 minutes

Spicy macaroni cheese stuffed jalapenos topped with crushed Cheetos and sharp cheddar.

Ingredients

  • 5 large jalapeno chilis
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni pasta
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups white grated sharp cheddar, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups roughly crushed Cheetos chips
  • 3 green onions, finely sliced

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise. Using a small spoon, scoop out the inside discarding the seeds and white part. Set on a baking tray.
  3. Bring a small pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta as per the instructions on the bag. Drain and reserve.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large pan and add the flour.
  5. Whisk for two minutes and until smooth.
  6. Gradually add the milk, stirring as you go getting rid of any lumps. Heat for another 3-4 minutes and it thickens.
  7. Add 2 cups of the grated cheddar and whisk until melted.
  8. Add the drained pasta and fold through the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Using a tablespoon fill the hollowed out jalapenos with the macaroni mixture and place back on the baking tray.
  10. Place the Cheetos in a zip lock bag and crush gently with a rolling pin or other heavy object.
  11. Top each stuffed jalapeno with some Cheetos mixture, followed by some of the remaining grated cheddar.
  12. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes and the cheese has melted. Place under a hot broiler for more color if desired.

Notes

If your cheese sauce is a little thick, just add some more milk. If it's on the thinner side, add some more grated cheese.

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34 comments


  • I am so intrigued by these poppers. They look great and I LOVE cheetos.

    August 27, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Who doesn’t love the Cheeto? :)

      August 27, 2014
  • This may be my dream food. Cheetos are my number one guilty snack pleasure. And mac ‘n’ cheese, well, we’ve been friends for a long time. I’m sure my dairy-sensitive stomach will hate me after eating this, but I already know it will be well worth it. Amazing!

    August 27, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Maybe you could just have one Michelle…yeah right :)

      August 27, 2014
  • So I saw this photo next to the definition of FOOD PORN!!! Holy cow…YUM!!!

    August 27, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      And still family friendly Christina :)

      August 27, 2014
  • Mind = BLOWN!! Wow, these look so good!

    August 27, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks Nat!

      August 27, 2014
  • When I read the title of the recipe, I couldn’t imagine where you were going. I am sooooo glad that I bought a ticket on your train. This are awesome—-well they are for us Mac and Cheese lovers who also like a little zip in our lives.

    August 27, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Hop aboard anytime Carol :)

      August 27, 2014
  • OMG yummmm PERFECT for Labor day!

    August 27, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      I totes agree Sophia!

      August 27, 2014
  • Absolutely love these Gerry, so fun!

    August 27, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks Matt, it was fun eating the too!

      August 27, 2014
  • Mind blown!

    August 27, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks Jen!!

      August 28, 2014
  • This is PERFECT for a big football party, I can see the reactions now, they’d be a hit!

    August 27, 2014
  • Wow mister! You amped up the flavor big time! I am beyond impressed with your popper prowess because these look terrific!

    August 27, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks for the inspiration :)

      August 28, 2014
  • Wow how amazing do these jalapeno poppers look! I totally am craving a plateful right now.. they definitely look cheesy and delicious. Thanks for the great recipe.. I have to make it.

    August 28, 2014
  • I have like 100 jalapenos and I was wondering what to do with them… not anymore!

    August 29, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Go for it Tracy!! :)

      September 01, 2014
  • I muttered “holy moly” when I saw this recipe. In love with this idea, big time. With lots of jalapenos in the garden right now this is happening very soon! Can’t wait!

    August 29, 2014
  • ::speechless:: like, utterly speechless. These are amazing!!! Pinning :)

    August 31, 2014
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks Chris, I appreciate it :)

      September 01, 2014
  • You are a very very twisted man and I mean that in the best possible way. These look crazy good, Gerry. Pinning this for sure.

    August 31, 2014
  • Holy heck, Gerry! These are more than epic!

    September 01, 2014
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    September 05, 2014
  • Holly G

    Oh my!!! I cannot wait to try these!!! With added bacon, of course ;)

    September 07, 2014
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    September 10, 2014
  • Sagittarius

    Why not just chop the jalapenos add them to your mac and cheese. top it with bacon and cheetos. waaa laaa! now if you are grilling them i guess that would work.

    September 11, 2014
  • […] We love this idea. You won’t be able to stop poppin’ with these Jalapeño poppers. The macaroni and cheese, and cheetos of course, makes these hot poppers taste just right. Get the full recipe here. […]

    September 17, 2014
  • So these are basically the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. YUM!

    September 17, 2014

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