The Spicy, Tangy One-Ingredient Upgrade for Mac and Cheese

The Spicy, Tangy One-Ingredient Upgrade for Mac and Cheese

Sheela Fiorenzo
Jan 19, 2017
(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

There's no denying just how savory a bowl of macaroni and cheese is — I mean, it's exactly why it's such a crowdpleaser. Sometimes, though, you need a little heat. Sure, a squirt of Sriracha would do the trick, but how about a different upgrade that still delivers tang and heat? Pickled jalapeños are the answer.

(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

Why You Should Add Pickled Jalapeños to Your Boxed Mac and Cheese

A little tin from the grocery store will barely set you back a dollar or two, but hidden inside is a wallop of spicy, tangy flavor that's just begging to be added to your creamy mac and cheese. Sprinkle a few on top of your bowl, along with a little drizzle of the tart, vinegary juice that they've been soaking in, to spice things up in a whole new way.

How to Make Pickled Jalapeño Mac and Cheese

Cook up a box of instant macaroni and cheese according to package instructions. In the meantime, pop open a can of pickled jalapeños. Spoon the mac and cheese into bowls and top them with a few jalapeños, along with a bit of the flavorful liquid in the can. If you like things extra spicy, feel free to add a couple more chiles to the bowl.

Upgrade Mac & Cheese

A box of instant macaroni and cheese is a blank slate for a quick and easy, but more importantly, family-friendly lunch or dinner. With the help of well-loved pantry staples, you can whip up some cheesy mac that's bigger in flavor, texture, and satisfaction. This series gives you the inspiration to dig through your kitchen and discover single ingredients that will transform your bowl.

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