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4.84 from 6 votes

Jalapeño Popper Mac & Cheese

This quick Jalapeño Popper Mac & Cheese is the fastest way to feed your spicy macaroni and cheese cravings! It's ultra creamy, with just the right amount of spicy kick!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Total Cost: $6.98 recipe / $1.16 serving
Servings: 6


  • 12 oz. uncooked elbow macaroni* $1.80
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil $0.02
  • 1 clove garlic, minced $0.08
  • 1 cup milk $0.25
  • 4 oz. cream cheese $0.93
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan $0.42
  • 1/2 cup sour cream $0.43
  • 1 4 oz. can sliced jalapenos $0.89
  • 1 4 oz. can diced green chiles (mild) $0.89
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese $1.25


  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and then add the pasta. Let it continue to boil until it is soft (about 10 minutes).
  • While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce. In a medium sauce pot, cook the garlic in vegetable oil for about 1-2 minutes or just until soft and fragrant. Add the milk, cream cheese, and grated parmesan. Continue to stir and cook over medium heat until the cream cheese is warm and softened. Use a whisk to stir the ingredients together until smooth.
  • Turn the heat down to low and then whisk in the sour cream. Drain the jalapenos and green chiles and then stir into the sauce. Taste the sauce and add 1/4 tsp of salt if needed.
  • When the pasta is finished cooking, drain it in a colander. Return the drained pasta to the pot (heat turned off), pour the sauce over top, and stir until well mixed. Sprinkle the shredded pepper jack over top and then stir in. The heat from the sauce and noodles should be enough to melt the cheese. Serve hot!


*I used Dreamfield pasta as a feeble attempt to make this not so unhealthy. *eye roll*