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Bacon Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese Cups

It’s tailgate season and I have a fantastic new recipe for Bacon Jalapeno Macaroni & Cheese Cups that is perfect for any game day party.

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plate with a stack of Bacon Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese Cups

We’ve been watching a lot of football games this season. Our team isn’t having that great of a season, but we’ve been enjoying ourselves anyway. We tailgate at home games and homegate while watching the team when they are away. We take turns hosting a football party with our friends.

football party table set up

Last week was our turn and I created a fun football party tablescape. We had chips and salsa, cupcakes, and peanuts. I purchased the table cover and napkins at the store but created my own food picks. You can decorate for your party with Free Football Party Decorations or Football Team Cupcake Toppers.

close up of Bacon Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese Cups

I had a request to make macaroni and cheese, but I was quick to dismiss it because finger foods are the easiest. Then I thought that I should bake macaroni and cheese in muffin tins to create a handheld food. Plain old macaroni and cheese seemed boring, so I elevated it with bacon and jalapenos. Party-goers will also enjoy this Football Snack Mix or Pizza Stackers.

I love this simple macaroni and cheese recipe. It is made by boiling evaporated milk with water and elbow macaroni. The cheese is added directly to the pot without draining the liquid off the cooked pasta. This means you do not have to create a roux. I always seem to mess up when making a roux, so I prefer this much easier version.

collage of how to make macaroni and cheese cupcakes

Bacon Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese Cups

cupcake tin filled with macaroni and cheese

Everyone raved about these macaroni cupcakes. They disappeared quickly. My family has been begging me to make it again, which I will at our Opening Day Baseball Party. We love the contrasting flavors of the jalapeno with the bacon and cheese.

collage of Bacon Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese Cups

How do you tailgate or homegate?

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Bacon Jalapeno Mac and Cheese Cups

Bacon Jalapeno Mac and Cheese Cups

Handheld Mac & Cheese cups are the perfect game day food!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 pound bacon
  • 2+ jalapenos
  • 3 cups water
  • 10 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded


  1. Cook the bacon and let it cool.
  2. Chop up the bacon and set it aside.
  3. Using gloves, chop the jalapeno. Make sure to remove the seeds. Set aside.
  4. In a large pot, heat the water until it's hot.
  5. Add the evaporated milk, macaroni, and salt to the water and stir.
  6. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently.
  7. Turn the burner down to medium and cook for 8-9 minutes or until the pasta is tender and the liquid is almost gone. Continue to stir frequently.
  8. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the cheese until well combined.
  9. Stir in the chopped bacon and jalapeno.
  10. Grease your muffin tin (total of 12 cups) with cooking spray.
  11. Fill each cup with approximately 1/4 cup of the macaroni mixture.
  12. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and let the muffin tins sit for 5 minutes before removing the macaroni cups.
  14. Serve and enjoy.
  15. Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


This recipe is easy to double or triple to feed a big crowd.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 403Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 1025mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 26g

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Rhonda Gales

Thursday 24th of January 2019

I love being able to serve individual cups of Mac & Cheese on Game Day. Thanks for sharing. I'll be adding your recipe to my Game Day Roundup.

Diana Rambles

Saturday 26th of January 2019

Awesome! Thanks so much, Rhonda!


Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that these mac and cheese cups look so amazing that I included them in a roundup post about the best Game Day Food ideas. Thank you for letting me share your recipe with my readers! If interested, you can find the post here:

Diana Rambles

Thursday 24th of January 2019

Thank you for the feature!

Miz Helen

Tuesday 6th of February 2018

Your Bacon Jalapeno Mac N Cheese Cups fantastic and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen


Wednesday 19th of October 2016

This is really looks amazing! I should try these on weekends.

Reesa Lewandowski

Tuesday 18th of October 2016

These are the perfect little tailgating treat! I would make some with jalapeno for the kids!

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