Creamy Jalapeno Breaded Macaroni and Cheese

This mac and cheese gets a kick from the jalapeƱo. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword mac and cheese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 604kcal
Author Emily Grace


  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 6 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz sharp white cheddar grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 jalapenos seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lb macaroni noodles
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups Kettle Brand Jalapeno chips
  • 2 cups Kettle Brand New York Cheddar chips


  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook the pasta al dente in boiling salted water as directed on the package.
  • Drain and set the pasta aside.
  • Place the chips inside a large Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin, set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter and flour over medium-low heat.
  • Stir vigorously to make a thick paste.
  • Continue to cook for 3 minutes, stirring often.
  • Slowly whisk in the milk in 1 cup increments, making sure to work the mixture smooth each time.
  • Whisk in the garlic, bring to a boil, and allow to simmer for 10 minutes- stirring often.
  • Turn off the heat and whisk in the grated cheddar.
  • Season the cheese sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir in the macaroni and jalapenos, pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish.
  • Top with the crushed chips and bake for 35 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.


Calories: 604kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 497mg | Potassium: 924mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 735IU | Vitamin C: 12.3mg | Calcium: 328mg | Iron: 1.5mg