Spicy Mac and Cheese Recipe

Are you a fan of mac and cheese but looking to add some heat to your favorite comfort food? Look no further! In this article, we will be sharing an irresistible recipe for Spicy Mac and Cheese that will satisfy all your cravings. With the perfect balance of creamy cheese, spicy kick, and comforting noodles, this dish is sure to become a new go-to in your kitchen. Get ready to take your mac and cheese game to the next level with this deliciously fiery twist!

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Spicy Mac and Cheese Sauce

As we get this dish started you are going to want the following ingredients ready to go:

  • 1 lb. of pasta, I used elbow
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons of cream cheese
  • 4 oz of fresh shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 cups of a Mexican blended shredded cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

You can prep the pasta first and put it off to the side. I used a 1lb box of elbow macaroni. Cook to instructions but cut the time in half, as the pasta will finish cooking in the smoker. Fully cooking the pasta may leave it too soft and mushy after coming off the smoker.

The key to this recipe is the cheesy sauce so let’s dive into that. For starters you will take a 1/2 stick of butter and melt it. Once that is melted you are going to slowly add 4 tablespoons of flour and will whisk that until it is thickened. When that is done, start adding in 2 cups whole milk. After the milk has been added you can then add 3 tablespoons of cream cheese, 4 oz. of shredded pepper jack cheese and 2 cups of shredded Mexican blended cheese and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. You will look to cook over medium heat on the stove.

Continue stirring all the ingredients until the cheese has melted and blended in together. Now that you have the cheese sauce completed you can add it to the pasta and stir. At this time you can also add in the sliced jalapenos and stir them into the mac and cheese. I usually use foil trays but a cast iron skillet will work with this as well. I always prefer the easy clean up, especially when it comes to dealing and cleaning cheese. With the pasta and cheese sauce mixed we are ready to get this on the smoker.

If you cannot get some of the Mexican blended cheese, you can go with some shredded sharp cheddar cheese as well. You might lose a little bit of flavor but not a ton.

How To Smoke Mac and Cheese

While you are prepping the mac and cheese you will want to get your smoker to 225°. Cherry wood is a great wood to use for any smoked mac and cheese recipe. Place the mac and cheese in the smoker, whether its a WSM, pellet smoker, Kettle or electric smoker, this recipe and method should work on most. Once it is on we are going to let it smoke for about an hour. About half way through we will want to stir the pasta so the bottom layer gets some smoke on it.

After one hour on the smoker you should be good to go and pull this off. You can always do a quick test taste to see if you think its ready or not before pulling it. An hour of smoke time is really all you need, its a matter of letting the pasta cook through. If you were sitting above that 225 degrees mark, you might want to pull it a bit sooner.

As soon as that pasta is cooked through, you can pull it. You can let it cool down before serving but as soon as you are comfortable you can go ahead and serve it.

Spicy Mac and Cheese Recipe

How To Serve This Spicy Mac and Cheese Recipe

This smoked mac and cheese recipe makes for a great main dish or can be served as a side. Either way, it will be enjoyed. If you want to dress it up a bit more here are some other suggestions:

  • Bacon! Bacon makes everything better. How you choose to do this is up to you. You can make some bacon strips and then break it up for some fresh bacon bits or if you wanted to just throw some bacon bits on from a bag you can do that too. If you do that, I would suggest throwing them on about 10-15 minutes before pulling the mac and cheese.
  • If you want a little bit of crunch on the mac and cheese, try some panko bread crumbs on the top
  • Green onions or chives are a great way to add some green to your smoked mac and cheese, its an easy topping and is a nice compliment.
  • French fried onions are another delicious topping, again for someone that wants some crunch on their mac and cheese.
  • Need some more spicy on those? Add some hot sauce to the mac and cheese. Looking for a great Mexican hot sauce, try some Valentina. You won’t go back to Frank’s after trying this.

Concluding an Easy Spicy Mac and Cheese Recipe

This Spicy Mac and Cheese recipe is a delicious twist on a classic comfort food. By combining the creamy richness of traditional mac and cheese with the bold flavors of jalapenos and cayenne peppers, this dish brings a satisfying heat to every bite. Whether you’re looking to spice up your weeknight dinner or impress guests at a gathering, this recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So why not give it a try and add some excitement to your next meal?

Thanks for being here and checking out this Spicy Mac and Cheese recipe. I hope you enjoy it! We always appreciate comments, 5 star recipe rating and social media shares. As always, keep that smoke rolling!

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Spicy Mac and Cheese Recipe

Spicy Mac and Cheese Recipe

An amazing smoked mac and cheese recipe with a flare of heat!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 box of elbow pasta
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 3 tablespoons of cream cheese
  • 4 ounces of shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 cups of Mexican blended shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup of pickled jalapeno slices
  • 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk


  1. Prep smoker for 225° and cherry wood
  2. Cook the elbow pasta for half the required time and set to the side
  3. Melt the butter in a pot
  4. Once the butter is melted gradually add the flour and whisk until thickens
  5. Slowly add milk and continue stirring
  6. Add cream cheese, pepper jack cheese and Mexican blended cheese, cayenne pepper and stir until melted and blended.
  7. Once done, pour cheese sauce over pasta and stir
  8. Mix in the sliced jalapenos
  9. Place on smoker and smoke for about 60 minutes, stirring half way through
  10. When pasta is cooked through you can remove and serve with your choice of garnish

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 394mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 13g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 8/16/2021

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