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Jalapeno Popper Macaroni Salad | Regular macaroni salad, step aside... this creamy jalapeño popper version is full of amazing flavors, packs some spicy punch, and is perfect for any gathering or bbq! | http://thechunkychef.com
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Jalapeno Popper Macaroni Salad

Perfect for any gathering, this macaroni salad has all the great flavor of a jalapeño popper... jalapeños, cheddar cheese, bacon, and creamy dressing!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 405kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef


  • 1 lb dried elbow macaroni pasta
  • 1 cup canned jalapeños, chopped I prefer the mild version (can substitute with fresh chopped jalapeños as well)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, cubed small (or shredded) (monterey jack or Colby jack are good as well)
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I like to use the canola oil mayo for a less calorie dressing)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice fresh is best
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • generous pinch of black pepper
  • fresh parsley, minced for garnish (optional)


  • Bring large pot of water to a boil, add generous pinch of salt and boil pasta per package directions.  Drain, and rinse pasta with cold water until cooled.
  • To a small mixing bowl, add mayo, sour cream, cream cheese, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder and black pepper and whisk until smooth and creamy.
  • To a large mixing or serving bowl, add cooked and cooled pasta, jalapeños, cheese, and most of the bacon.  Pour dressing over pasta and toss to combine.  
  • Sprinkle with remaining bacon, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to fully combine.
  • Serve cold.



If desired, add a bit of melted butter to some panko breadcrumbs and cook in a dry skillet over LOW heat until fragrant and toasty.  Before serving pasta salad, sprinkle the toasted breadcrumbs over the top.


Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 1021mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 815IU | Vitamin C: 4.7mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 1.4mg