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Jimmy Buffet’s Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

Jimmy Buffet’s Spicy Macaroni and cheese is a macaroni and cheese that is a creamy macaroni and cheese that has a bit if a kick. Macaroni and cheese is a favorite comfort dish of so many of us, personally whenever macaroni and cheese is served, I will give the recipe a try. This recipe for Jimmy Buffet’s Spicy Macaroni and cheese came from the Copykatchat Message board. If you have never made homemade macaroni and cheese you should give it a try, you won’t want to reach for the boxed stuff after making it from scratch.

plate of macaroni and cheese

Who doesn’t just love macaroni and cheese? This macaroni and cheese is a wonderfully spicy version. While it is spicy it is not too hot. The juice from the jalapeno peppers adds just the right touch. This is a great recipe to bring to a party because it has some extra kick to it.

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Jimmy Buffet’s Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Side Dish Recipes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Serves: 10
Jimmy Buffet’s Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

Can't get to Margaritaville? Make your own macaroni and cheese that is served at Jimmy Buffet's restaurants.


  • 8 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 pound cream cheese melted
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tony Chachere's Seasoning
  • 1/2 pound Cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup sliced jalapenos from jar
  • 1/2 cup jalapenos juice from jar
  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 1 pound Perciatel 10-inch macaroni noodles cooked al dente


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a saucepan melt butter. Add cream cheese and mix until blended. Add heavy cream and whisk. Add jalapeno juice and whisk. Mix in cheddar, stirring until cheddar is completely melted. Mix in sliced jalapenos. Add salt, Tony Chachere's seasoning and flour. Continue whisking until all ingredients are completely incorporated.

Spray loaf pan with pan coating. Layer bottom of a 13 x 9 inch pan with cooked macaroni. Cover with cheddar mixture. Add another layer of pasta and cheddar mixture. Dust top with bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Recipe by Kaci

This recipe for Jimmy Buffet's Spicy Macaroni and Cheese is a not too hot side dish. If you use pickled jalapeno peppers, like the ones you use for nachos, this isn't too hot. By using the cream cheese in this recipe, this is a very creamy dish that is easy to prepare.

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  • Kathryn Kelly

    The cream cheese and the heavy cream assist in reducing the heat from the Jalapenos

    • stephaniemanley

      You are right, this wasn’t nearly as spicy as you think it could be.

  • Heather Hall Lytle

    Why is the flour added after everything else? Does it thicken it? I have never heard of a roux made this way. Does it taste floury or uncooked? Was wondering if it was a misprint. LOL

  • Katie

    SO delicious! I thought the jalapenos with the juice were going to be too much and too spicy, but it was perfect. I’d use the rue (minus the Jalapeno’s, just the juice) for a soup, too!

    I used panko breadcrumbs, and more than what the recipe called for to top off the mac and cheese. Soaked up some of the grease I thought I’d see on the top, and added the perfect texture to each bite.

    • Stephanie

      I thought the same thing too, but it really works.

  • Cindy Ardoin

    Many thanks for including Tony Chachere’s in your recipe! Mac -n- Cheese happens to be my personal favorite food in this world!

    Cindy Ardoin
    Food Scientist
    Tony Chachere’s

    • Kathryn Kelly

      Every thing is better with Tony’s!!

      • stephaniemanley

        You are right about that, it makes most things better!

  • Barbie

    do you bake it or what, after putting in loaf pan?? what temp and how long??
    Recipe has been updated. Thanks for pointing out me leaving part of it off!

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  • Casey@Good. Food. Stories.

    Mac and Cheese in Paradise! Can we make up new lyrics? “I like mine with bacon and prosciutto, Sriracha sauce or stir in some fonduto…”

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