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Smoky Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese

Smooth creamy cheese and zesty chipotle peppers come together to make one darn good creamy cheese sauce for this Smoky Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese.

Smoky Chipotle Macaroni & CheeseSmoky Chipotle Macaroni & Cheese

Have you been looking for a delicious way to kick up your macaroni and cheese recipe? Do you like to add a little spice to  your foods with either hot sauce, red pepper flakes or jalapeno peppers? If so, then I have the perfect recipe for you. This recipe combines a variety of cheeses, including cheddar, smoked gruyere and cream cheese. Chipotle peppers give this macaroni and cheese dish the kick you’ve been looking for. Pair it with other side dishes such as BBQ Baked Beans and Grilled Herbed Potatoes and you have yourself a delicious combination of side dishes for your next BBQ!

Recipe: Smoky Chipotle Macaroni & Cheese

Recipe: Smoky Chipotle Macaroni & Cheese

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 2 C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 C whipping cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 C sour cream
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1/4 lb of smoked gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeded and removed. Reserve 1 tsp of the adobo sauce from the can of peppers
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 8 oz macaroni
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp lemon juice (it prevents the cheese from getting stringy)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cook the pasta. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the macaroni until tender
  3. Prepare the cheese sauce. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and add the milk and whipping cream. Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally until the mixture is thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the sour cream then add the cream cheese and stir until smooth. Add the smoked gruyere and cheddar cheese and stir until melted. Add the chipotle pepper, the reserved adobo sauce, ground black pepper and lemon juice and mix well.
  4. Pour the cooked macaroni into the pot with the cheese sauce and stir until well incorporated. Pour into a 2 quart baking dish.
  5. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Smoky Chipotle Macaroni & Cheese
Smoky Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese - a great addition to any dinner meal!

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14 comments on “Smoky Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Cream, sour cream, and cream cheese? You can't go wrong, this looks so creamy and delicious!

  2. Ohhh wow, this sounds so good!

  3. Yummy so creamy and smokey~

  4. I love mac & cheese! This looks lovely–

  5. OMGosh! Girl, you KNOW this is right up my alley! ;) Annnddd… we both posted chipotle recipes on the same day. Great foodie minds do think alike!

  6. This sounds so good, Julie! It's like grown-up mac and cheese :)

  7. I LOVE chipotle peppers…I never thought to add them to mac and cheese. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. I would love to try this recipe, I love chipotle but my husband doesn't. I will just have to come over for lunch. :) It looks really delicious.

  9. That looks awesome!! I could live off mac and cheese!!

  10. Oh wow!! This looks delicious! Mmmmmm. Now I'm getting hungry! I just wanted to let you know that I'm featuring this over at our Weekend Wonders party tonight.

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  12. This recipe is soooooo delicious. Made it about a month ago at home and LOVED it! Making a big batch tomorrow for a Christmas dinner. So much cheese/dairy — so little time! And chipotle is a rock star!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know you enjoyed my mac n cheese recipe, Hilary! This is my favorite type of mac n cheese. I love chipotle peppers! Take care and enjoy your weekend! :)

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