Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac

Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac

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based on 46 reviews
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10 min.
45 min.
6 servings

Keep the audience on their toes with this zesty two cheese blend of spices and macaroni noodles. Crushed tortilla chips and a pinch of chili flakes in the topping provide a fun surprising kick. No one will call foul on this hearty Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac combination.


  • 2 cups (8 oz.) dry elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Pepper Jack cheese, divided
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 cup broken tortilla chips (your choice of color)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
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PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Lightly grease 2 1/2-quart casserole dish.

COOK macaroni in large saucepan according to package directions; drain. Return to saucepan.

ADD cheddar cheese, 1 1/2 cups Pepper Jack cheese, evaporated milk and black pepper to macaroni; stir until combined. Pour into prepared casserole dish. Combine remaining 1/2 cup Pepper Jack cheese, tortilla chips and red pepper flakes in small bowl. Sprinkle over top. Cover tightly with foil.

BAKE for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake for an additional 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

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I tried this recipe just for something new. Wasn't sure how it would go over. Everyone loves it! I don't put the topping on because I don't want it mushy when we reheat it. I also add a dash of a spicy seasoning called Hot and Sassy to give it a little more of a kick. My family has even added it to our traditional holiday meals instead of regular mac and cheese.

- Julie Julich from Louisville, KY

Best Mac n Cheese

I have tried to make mac n cheese many times and nothing has come close to being as good as this recipe. We ALL loved it!

- Carrie Williams from Ohio


We call this the "fancy mac & cheese" at home, even though it is super easy to make. It has so much flavor and the chips add a perfect crunch. It stores really well for leftovers. I could eat it everyday. YUM!

- Robin Walker from Omaha, NE

pepper jack mac and cheese

I did not like this at all, but my husband said that it was pretty good. My kids did not like it either.

- Deana Larson from Ramah, NM


I made this last night for my husband who LOVES pepper jack cheese. I thought it needed more spice and should have used more pepper jack and less cheddar. My husband also thought it would be good to add hamburger to make a meal.

- Chrissy Spencer from Littleton, CO

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 6

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 520
  • Calories from Fat: 260
  • Total Fat: 29g (45% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 19g (95% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 85mg (28% of DV)
  • Sodium: 560mg (23% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 37g (12% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g (8% of DV)
  • Sugars: 7g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Vitamin A: 15% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 70% of DV
  • Iron: 6% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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