There is something magical about stuffing food with other food. I mean, just take a look at this recipe for homemade mac and cheese stuffed jalapeño peppers: It lets you combine cult-favorite ingredients into a single dish. And while it is easier to throw chopped peppers into macaroni and cheese — where is the fun in that? This technique is way more gram-worthy. Just saying.
It also doubles as a delicious party appetizer. Instead of spoons and bowls, you will just need your good old fingers, and maybe even some napkins. To spice things up, serve these peppers with salsa. Sour cream, on the other hand, is ideal if you want to turn down the heat. Craving a healthier option? Opt for plain Greek yogurt with cilantro. The cooling effect of this simple sauce will complement the peppers perfectly.
The best part is that you can use homemade or boxed macaroni and cheese. The choice is yours. Obviously, homemade mac and cheese will taste better, but the latter is useful for when you are in a rush. You can even try this out with a vegan version.
To (literally) top it off, these stuffed peppers call for crushed tortilla chips instead of breadcrumbs. Yes. Please.
- 8 to 10 jalapeño peppers
- Macaroni and cheese (boxed or homemade)
- Tortilla chips
- Grated cheese
- Spices and butter (optional)
You'll also need to wear gloves while handling the jalapeño peppers. If you don't have gloves, be extra careful and avoid touching your face. The juice and seeds will sting.
1. Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees F. Cut each jalapeño pepper lengthwise.
2. Using a small spoon, scoop out the peppers and veins from each jalapeño half.
3. Place the jalapeño halves on a baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes until soft.
4. Meanwhile, crush the tortilla chips in a coffee bean grinder or food processor. You'll need just under a quarter of a cup for every 10 jalapeños.
If you'd like, mix the tortilla chip crumbs with melted butter. This will help them turn brown, crispy, and delicious. You can also add spices for an extra boost of flavor.
5. Scoop macaroni and cheese into each jalapeño half.
6. Top each jalapeño half with grated cheese and chip crumbs.
7. Pop back in the oven for another five minutes, or until the cheese melts.
Now, that's what I call a party in your mouth.