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Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac

Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac
Makes:
6 servings
Prep Time:
10
minutes
Total Time:
45
minutes
Low SodiumVegetarian
based on
46 reviews
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.

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Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

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.


Reviews:

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  •  Star(s)

    Yummy

    Julie Julich from Louisville, KY

    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.

  •  Star(s)

    Best Mac n Cheese

    Carrie Williams from Ohio

    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!

  •  Star(s)

    Amazing!

    Robin Walker from Omaha, NE

    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!

  •  Star(s)

    pepper jack mac and cheese

    Deana Larson from Ramah, NM

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

  •  Star(s)

    Great!

    Chrissy Spencer from Littleton, CO

    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.

  •  Star(s)

    WONDERFUL TASTE!

    MELISSA CUMMINGS from Pineville, LA

    I MADE THIS MAC & CHEESE FOR VALENTINE SUNDAY AND IT WAS GONE QUICK. EVERYONE LOVED IT! THE PEPPERJACK CHEESE GIVES IT SO MUCH FLAVOR. THIS IS EASY ENOUGH TO MAKE ON A WEEKDAY TOO.

  •  Star(s)

    now thats game time chow

    Sean Eagan from Danvers,Ma

    cheesey,crunchy, yummy goodness.

  •  Star(s)

    Macaroni

    Peter Grotsky from

    I liked this because the ingredients were easy to find. The recipe was simple to follow. My family enjoys a fast good tasting meal that everyone will eat.

  •  Star(s)

    pepper jack chesy mac

    sandra wright from lauderhill fla

    simple ingredients which i like. prep. time is great. never thought about pepper jack in mac n cheese. i'm always plain jane. what flavor

  •  Star(s)

    Mac and Cheese with Zing

    jim hahn from EVANSTON, IL

    The pepper and red pepper really make this recipe for me. Macaroni and cheese with grown-up taste!

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious

    keith leaman from FREDERICK, MD

    I made this for my nephew and he loved it.

  •  Star(s)

    YUMMY!!

    Janet Tebbe from Cincinnati, OH

    Very creamy, easy to make! Will definitely make it again, might add chicken or veggies the next time!

  •  Star(s)

    What a crowd pleaser

    Maryann McGrath from Bridgewater, NJ

    Your guests will think that you outdid yourself when it's so easy.

  •  Star(s)

    Pepper Jac Cheesy Mac

    Kathy McCoy from Coppell, TX

    This is wonderful, and yummy! My teenagers absolutley love it; I will add it to my list of things to make often, especially when my kids and their friends gather at my house.

  •  Star(s)

    Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac

    NANCY CHAPMAN from Yorba Linda, CA

    This is such an easy to make and crowd pleasing dish! If you like extra cheese, cut up some other cheese (e.g. chedder) and pour on top when it is fresh out of the oven. Viola! Yummy cheesy mac with unbeatable taste. I also add in cut up hotdog pieces before I put it in the oven.

  •  Star(s)

    Best Jack & Mac I've ever eaten!

    Karen Brackenbury from Pine City, MN

    My granddaughter saw this recipe on your site and insisted that I make it for supper tonite. So I did - and it was the Best Jack & Mac ever. Even my picky husband said so! Served it with foot-long hot dogs topped with more pepper-jack cheese. M-m-m good!

  •  Star(s)

    great combo

    adriene Sanders from Phoenix, AZ

    very comforting

  •  Star(s)

    Super Bowl

    Ed Shaftan from Tenafly, NJ

    Great for Super Bowl Sunday. Adds great warmth during cold winter days

  •  Star(s)

    i love this

    hollie brunning from Henderson, TN

    this really is a great recipe.my whole family loves it.even my very picky 5 year old.if you have not tried you should.

  •  Star(s)

    pepper jack mac

    Laura Nost from Bear, DE

    this is easy to make and delicious!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Hottie!!!!

    Sunny King from Belleview, FL

    Woooooooh! Nibble on this and other Assorted Spicy bites, Crack open an ice cold one, watch the Game and Enjoy!!

  •  Star(s)

    Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac

    Vicki Kawa from Bozeman, MT

    This was excellent Mac and Cheese I had made meatballs the two together was like eating a cheeseburger. Thank you

  •  Star(s)

    Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac

    Jack Erdmann from GRAND CHUTE, WI

    It takes the mundane mac and cheese and heats it up just a bit. Yum.

  •  Star(s)

    Cheesy!

    Elizabeth Belanger from Massachusetts

    I substituted Montery Jack cheese as many of our guests have weak stomachs and can't eat spicy foods. It was delicious. I had never tried it with canned milk before.

  •  Star(s)

    Grown Up Mac and Cheese

    cheryl hauble from Maplewood, MN

    I found this recipe in the Sunday Flyer along with a coupon. I made this for my family. For Easter I make the homemade Mac for meatless days. I will add this version for varity.

  •  Star(s)

    COMFORT FOR THE CROWDS

    donna young from Albany, OR

    I ADDED SOME NACHO CHEESE SOUP TO THE MIXTURE AND THEN, INSTEAD OF ADDING THE CHIPS INSIDE I CRUSHED CHIPS AND MIXED WITH CHEESE AND PUT ON TOP OF DISH AND BAKED IN OVEN TILL CHEESE MELTED. EVERYONE LOVED IT. THIS WOULD BE GOOD FOR GAME DAY MEALS. MAKE IT YOUR RECIPE, YOUR WAY.

  •  Star(s)

    Add IN:

    Lisa Darrow from Hopkins, MI

    I added a can of white meat chicken breast to this recipe and it was even more of a hit!

  •  Star(s)

    soooooooo yummy

    Debbie Thomas from Racine, WI

    My 2 favorite things to eat, mexican and a great mac and cheese, it doesn't get any better than this!! it's a keeper!!

  •  Star(s)

    A Yummy Mac N Cheese

    Thomas Frink from Tucson, AZ

    This is an excellent south of the border take on Mac N Cheese. I highly recommend it.

  •  Star(s)

    Tip off

    Lois Cisneros from Cameron, NC

    I like this divided in small personel size baking dishes. Serve with hot wings or hot dogs while we watch the game. It is a full meal with cookies for dessert. Little work so I can watch the game also.

  •  Star(s)

    SS

    debbie lewandowski from Houston, TX

    SO SIMPLE......SO YUMMY

  •  Star(s)

    Not a pasta eater

    BERNADETTE Burch from Mechanicsburg, PA

    Everyone in the family enjoys pastas except for me. I made this for Sunday TV Football watching, and the family really enjoyed it. I gave it a taste, also, and it was pretty good. I will make this for the hubby again.

  •  Star(s)

    Chip In - Dig In

    Phyllis Myers from Vancouver, WA

    The Chips and Red Pepper give extra color and a bit-different taste to a traditional kid-lovin meal!

  •  Star(s)

    Great Game Recipe

    SHARLENE NOVAK from Spring, TX

    This is good for any game day and as an all-round winter comfort food. Definitely give it a try, you can leave out the pepper flakes if you wish and it's just as good.

  •  Star(s)

    went over really well

    Tracy Iglesias from Bronx, NY

    wouldn't have thought to put the chips in it!

  •  Star(s)

    Football Favorite

    JOHN SCHMIEDER from Sandusky, OH

    I love these recipes that are easy to prepare and do not take a lot of time. This was a big hit for my guests for Monday night football. People actually think I'm a good cook now.

  •  Star(s)

    Great Recipe

    Linda Randles from North Canton, OH

    My husband loves Pepper Jack Cheese and when I made this dish was he surprised. I know I'll be making this recipe for a LONG time to come. Thanks for sharing it.

  •  Star(s)

    Great Mac & Cheese

    LYNN BORG from Encinitas, CA

    Easy to make. Love the heat and the crunch. Will serve this often, everyone loved it!

  •  Star(s)

    Vegetarian friendly

    lisa smith from Lansdale, PA

    It is delicious and vegetarian friendly.

  •  Star(s)

    Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac

    Shirley Younger from Bala Cynwyd, PA

    I made this a couple of nights ago for dinner and it was a real hit!

  •  Star(s)

    Best ever!

    Carole Losczyk from

    Anytime I use pepper jack on anything it becomes fantastic and delicious..thanks for the great recipe!

  •  Star(s)

    pepper jack cheesy mac

    alice robinson from Greenwood, SC

    I made this for lunch as a side dish and my husband loved it. He said I could definitely make again.

  •  Star(s)

    Loved it

    Pauline Baldori from ELIZABETHTOWN, PA

    This recipe is a keeper for me. We loved it just the right amount of heat with the peppers. Very tasty.

  •  Star(s)

    Not Good

    Roudy Morrow from

    I don't know how the other reviewers prepared this, but I followed the recipe to the tee and it came out very bland and dry. It sounded so good when I looked at the recipe that I am very disappointed that it was just a waste. If anyone has done this recipe and made changes to it that made it good please write in!

  •  Star(s)

    This was so good

    Lisa Stephenson from WICHITA, KS

    This was so good. I took some to work for potluck day. And everyone loved it!

  •  Star(s)

    Pepper Jack Mac n Cheesy

    Donna Buckmeier from CHESTER, MD

    Easy to make and you will definitely get noticed with this one!!!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • 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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Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac

Ingredients

  • 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)

 

Directions

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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