40 Toppings for Your Mac and Cheese Bar

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A Mac and Cheese Bar is your new go-to summertime dinner party favorite. Imagine having friends and family over for a night in, where you cook a whole heaping load of macaroni and cheese and everyone adds their own mix-ins and toppings. 

A Mac and Cheese Bar is your new go-to summertime dinner party favorite. Imagine having friends and family over for a night in, where you cook a whole heaping load of macaroni and cheese and everyone adds their own mix-ins and toppings. 

What is a mac and cheese bar, you ask? Prepare to have your life changed, friend! 

First you’re going to make the very best mac and cheese. For ideas on how to make this easy, check out our recipes for the Best Stovetop Mac and Cheese, super easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese and Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

When you invite your guests, ask them all to bring some kind of a topping with them. Ask someone else to bring paper plates and forks. You’ve instantly got one of the easiest and most popular party meals for a large crowd.

Arrange all of the ingredients like a salad bar. Guests spoon the mac and cheese noto their plates and then move down the aisle adding all their favorite toppings to create their own unique dish. 

Add a little extra fun with a contest! Take pictures and vote on the best mixtures for a fun little party game! 

Here are 40 of the best toppings you could pick for your mac and cheese bar! 

Meats

Meat can be a great way to inject some protein into your mac and cheese. The addition of various meats could make this a more complete and hearty meal.

  1. Diced Ham
  2. Shredded Pork
  3. Grilled Chicken
  4. Chopped Bacon
  5. Chopped Hot Dog
  6. Ground Beef
  7. Shrimp
  8. Lobster/Crab Meat
  9. Fried Chicken
  10. Kielbasa

Extra Cheese

You can’t go wrong with cheese, am I right? Yes, you’ve already got cheese included but add some more for an extra special blending. 

  1. Cheddar
  2. Pepperjack
  3. Blue Cheese Crumbles
  4. Grated Parmesan
  5. Salsa Con Queso
  6. Queso Fresco
  7. Crushed Nacho Cheese Doritos
  8. Cheese Curds
  9. Crumbled Cheez-its
  10. Crumbled Cheese Doodles (Seriously, try this! Regular or Flamin’ Hot Cheetos!)

Veggies

Whether you’re looking to add to your already impressive bowl or you want to create something slightly less fattening, or maybe you’re a vegetarian looking to mix and match, make sure you have a plethora of veggies available for your guests. 

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Mushrooms (raw and cooked) 
  3. Onion (raw and cooked)
  4. Bean Sprouts
  5. Shredded Carrots
  6. Broccoli
  7. Cauliflower
  8. Beans (Pinto, Kidney, Black, baked and refried) 
  9. Corn
  10. Scallions

Sauces/Seasoning

Sauces and seasonings can give your mac and cheese bar that extra special addition to make an ok meal a truly memorable food experience. 

  1. Ketchup (Seriously, try it and thank me later) 
  2. Truffle Oil
  3. Hot Sauce (and Buffalo) 
  4. Teriyaki
  5. Ranch
  6. Blue Cheese Dressing
  7. Garlic Powder
  8. Cayenne Pepper
  9. Worcestershire Sauce
  10. Sour Cream

In Conclusion

There is no end to the number of different toppings you could include for your mac and cheese bar. Encourage your guests to get creative and bring their own additions to the bar. 

Have you ever had a mac and cheese bar party? Did your favorite topping make the list? Sound off in the comment section below and let us know! 

A Mac and Cheese Bar is your new go-to summertime dinner party favorite. Imagine having friends and family over for a night in, where you cook a whole heaping load of macaroni and cheese and everyone adds their own mix-ins and toppings. #partyideas

Note: The Cookful may receive a commission on purchases made through Amazon/affiliate links.

A Mac and Cheese Bar is your new go-to summertime dinner party favorite. Imagine having friends and family over for a night in, where you cook a whole heaping load of macaroni and cheese and everyone adds their own mix-ins and toppings. #partyideas

Kevin Kessler

Kevin J. Kessler is an experienced professional writer and published author living in Orlando, Florida. With a lifelong passion for food, this sandwich loving Italian boy enjoys exploring unanswered questions about the foods we all know and love so well. Kevin’s foodie lifestyle was born through his love of Walt Disney World and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. A lover of stories, he enjoys trying new dishes from all over the world and learning everything there is to know about where food comes from, how its prepared, and what variations on it exist.