Wipe off the drool and get to making this dish already! It's a bacon-loaded mac and cheese topped with the king of all spicy snacking - Flamin' Hot Cheetos. Trust us, this is one weird dish you're going to love.
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Spicy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
By Nicole Iizuka, POPSUGAR Food
8 ounces elbow macaroni pasta, cooked
1 pound bacon
2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
1/3 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup green onions, diced
1 cup Flamin' Hot Cheetos, crushed
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Bring 3 quarts of salted water to a boil in a stockpot. Cook elbow macaroni pasta for 6-8 minutes, or until al dente. Remove from heat, drain pasta, and set aside.
In a large dishwasher-safe sauté pan, cook bacon until crispy and all of the fat has been rendered. Remove bacon from pan and place on paper-towel-lined plates to drain, and, once cool, crumble. Remove about half of the rendered fat from the pan.
Add jalapeños and cook for 2-3 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until the flour and fat are combined. Whisk in milk and bring the mixture to a simmer. Add in cheese, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and green onions. Continue cooking until cheese has melted. Remove from heat and add crumbled bacon, and macaroni. Mix to coat.
Pour macaroni and cheese into a medium-size casserole dish and top with crushed Flamin' Hot Cheetos. Cook in the oven for 5 minutes and serve warm.
Information Category Pasta, Main Dishes Yield 6 to 8 servings Total Time 24 minutes, 59 seconds