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Queso mac and cheese in white baking casserole dish.

Queso Mac and Cheese with Bacon

Cheesy macaroni baked in creamy, spicy queso sauce with bacon. Cheese lovers – this one is for you!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword queso mac and cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 633 kcal
Author Anna


  • 2 cups macaroni uncooked
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices of bacon chopped
  • ½ medium sweet onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 can 4.5oz diced green chiles, drained
  • 1.5 c Colby jack cheese shredded
  • 1 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • ¾ cup sharp cheddar cheese for topping


  1. Grease 2 qt casserole dish. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Cook macaroni according to directions on package. Drain and keep warm.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together milk, cornstarch, cumin, paprika, chili pepper, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  5. In a large saucepan, cook bacon until almost crispy. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until translucent.
  6. Add milk mixture to sauteed veggies and bacon. Cook, stirring often, until the mixture thickens.
  7. Add both cheeses, stir few times. Add diced green chiles. Stir until cheese is completely melted.
  8. Add cooked macaroni. Stir until well combined.
  9. Pour the macaroni into prepared casserole dish. Top with additional cheddar cheese.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes, until the cheese topping is melted.
  11. You can place the dish under a broiler for 2 minutes to toast up the topping.
  12. Remove dish from oven and cool for 15 minutes.
  13. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Queso Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 633 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 100mg33%
Sodium 1114mg48%
Potassium 394mg11%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 1145IU23%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 687mg69%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.