Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños | with Mac & Cheese

Bacon wrapped jalapeños stuffed with macaroni and cheese. Easy crowd pleaser appetizer everyone will love.

My dad saw a sign outside of a restaurant that said “macaroni and cheese” and under that it said “jalapeño poppers”. He then made a remark to me about the use of commas. (typical dad stuff)

But the question was, did they mean macaroni and cheese and that they also have jalapeno poppers? Or mac and cheese stuffed jalapeno poppers?

Oh it doesn’t matter…. We’re making it!

For this recipe make your favorite macaroni and cheese. Whether that means from a box with the gooey cheese mixture. Making it from scratch or even using leftovers from the day before!

Let’s keep it simple for this appetizer. But if you’re looking to make it from scratch, I have a great homemade mac and cheese recipe.



  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • 12 Jalapeños
  • bacon
bacon wrapped jalapeños

Fully cook your macaroni and cheese following the directions. You can either make your mac and cheese from scratch or buy your favorite kind.

Slice and core your jalapeños. (be sure to wear gloves or wash hands throughly) Remove seeds and membrane. For a spicier appetizer, leave in a few seeds.

sliced jalapeños on a cutting board

Fill jalapeños with mac and cheese mixture.

Wrap tightly with one slice of bacon. For this recipe we recommend using regular cut. Thick cut will take longer to cook and may cause your jalapeños to become mushy. You may also need a pound and a half of bacon as most packages yield about 16-20 slices, and this recipe calls for 24.

BAKE AT 425°

Preheat oven to 425°

Place on a cookie sheet with tin foil (for easy clean up) and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until bacon is completely cooked.

Allow to cool.

bacon wrapped jalapeños


You can also make these in an air fryer! Set temperature to 400° and cook for roughly 12-15 minutes. Be sure to make these in batches and don’t over fill your frier to ensure for a more even cook.

These bacon wrapped jalapeños are perfect for game day or any afternoon you’re just feeling a bit snackish and are looking for something spicy and savory.

jalapeños stuffed with macaroni and cheese

Bacon wrapped jalapeños

Bacon wrapped jalapeños stuffed with macaroni and cheese
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, jalapenos
Servings: 12
Calories: 245kcal


  • 1 packages macaroni and cheese
  • 12 jalapeños
  • 24 slices bacon


  • Cook macaroni and cheese according to directions.
  • Using gloves, slice jalapeños in half and remove membrane and seeds.
  • Stuff with macaroni and cheese.
  • Wrap tightly with one slice of bacon.
  • Bake in preheated 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Until bacon is fully cooked.
  • Allow to cool and serve.


You can also make this recipe in the air fryer! Set to 400 degrees and cook for 12-15 minutes. Be sure to cook in batches to allow for a more even bake. 
  • Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based of different brands of ingredients used and cooking methods. 


Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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