Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers Wrapped in Bacon

I have a confession. I'm a big faker.

I don't like football. I just pretend to enjoy it so I can make "tailgate" food. Around here people are pretty hard core Pats fans. In my family we are a mix of both Pats and Colts fans.

If I really had to choose a team it's the Colts. Reason?

It was my grandpa's team.

To kick off the football season I will be posting a "Game Day"  recipe every Saturday morning. Just as I did last year.

What better way to start the football season than these Mac and Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos Wrapped in Bacon??

It just doesn't get any better folks!


-I always learn that the hard way!

Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers Wrapped in Bacon


8 oz of pasta cooked according to the package directions
2 tbs of flour
2 tbs of butter
1 1/2 cups of milk  
1 cup of extra sharp cheddar cheese (I used Cabot)
dash of freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp minced garlic
12 large jalapeno peppers
1/2 cup of cheddar cheese for topping
12 slices of bacon


In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat, add in flour whisk until a paste forms. Slowly whisk in milk until it is smooth.

Bring to a boil.

Whisk in cheese, nutmeg, salt, and garlic.

Continue stirring until cheese sauce is smooth and thick.

Pour over cooked pasta and mix until incorporated.

Set aside.

Slice each pepper in half length wise and remove seeds and any white fleshy parts.

Place each pepper on a baking sheet. Stuff with macaroni and cheese. Top with shredded cheddar.

Cut each bacon piece in half and wrap each stuffed pepper in a half a slice of bacon.

Bake at 400 for about 15-20 minutes. Or until peppers are roasted and bacon is crisp.



  1. Your advice about touching the peppers is smart. A long time ago, the first time I worked with jalapenos, I didn't heed that same advice, and proceeded to use the bathroom.

    Needless to say, it wasn't a pleasant experience.

    So, when I make these, I will surely be more careful. :)

    1. Oh my word. I just busted out laughing. That is the worst thing I can imagine!

    2. Years ago, my husband and I were making a mango salsa. His job was to clean the jalapenos. His hands were okay, but he had a seed flick up and land in his eye! Not something he'll soon forget!

    3. I had the same thing happen when making a jalapeno popper grilled cheese. Seriously thought I was going to go blind! It was AWFUL!

  2. Hahaha, you faker football lover! That's how I am, but we don't really care about football here in California (I know, I know... don't blame me!) so there are not tailgate parties to attend, so I only have to pretend when it is time for the superbowl, because shoot - I am always down for a party. Especially one that has very funny commercials.

    As for your food here, WOW. Sounds awesome and terrifying at the same time. I think you might need some Tums on hand ;)

    1. I think it's very strange that Californians aren't big into football. I really give 2 squats about it. But the FOOD! Oh man some of my favorite choices!

  3. Oh. My. Glory. I am SO going to make that! You, madam, are a freaking GENIUS!!

    1. Why thank you ;) These are quite yummy I hope you make them!

  4. I just did that the other day, totally touched my eye after cutting up jalapeno.....BLURGH! I am a huge football lover, Go 49ers:-) I need to make more tailgating food though, plan to this year! Your poppers look like they would be one delicious bite:-) Yum, Hugs, Terra

  5. O M G seriously incredible!!! Totally trying these out on the hubs sometime. And I'm with you... food over football though back in the day I thought I liked it because of the guys I dated. Such a typical teenager.

    1. I thought I liked it back in the day as well. In fact I may have even attended a few high school games.... shhh don't tell my artsy fartsy husband!

  6. LOL! People in California do care about football! A LOT! Anyway, these look great!

    1. Probably just depends on which part and who your friends are? LOL

  7. Total splurge worthy alert on this one. Yum yum!

    Carrie... I'm totally not a faker. I LOVE LOVE college football :) BUT... I totally get folks who don't, especially when they love good tailgating food :)

    I hosted a {football friday} bloghop all season last year on my blog & am doing it again this year. I hope you'll link up your Saturday posts too!

    Here's this season's kickoff:

    And on behalf of the farm families who own Cabot (many of whom I would assume are also Pats fans like your friends :) thanks so much for the mention!!

  8. I'm not a fan of pro football but I am alll over college football!

  9. Forget about the football...just give me a platter of these yummy peppers!!! I am in love that you put mac and cheese in a pepper!!!

  10. Are these really spicy? Im pregnant and these sound so amazing but if really spicy i can't do it :((

  11. I always wear gloves when I make poppers!

  12. I made a variation of this, but instead of baking, I grilled them.

    Bacon on the grill does not work so well.

    But it tasted darn good. I think I'll try this way, instead.