This hot mess grilled cheese sandwich is loaded with flavor and goodness. Every bite is amazing! grilled cheese sandwich on a cutting board

Hot Mess Grilled Cheese

This is what happens when you’ve shared your life together with someone for 17 years, The Homemade Hot Mess Grilled Cheese. Inspired from this Jack-in-the-Box commercial and our grilled cheese shoot with LA Brea Bakery a few weeks ago.  It’s this week, 17 years ago that we had our first conversations about food, gardening and camping together.

So how do we start celebrating? By making a sexy grilled cheese sandwich for lunch.

grilled cheese sandwich on a cutting board

To celebrate our 17th anniversary, it seemed quite apropos to start off a lunch with a sexy grilled cheese sandwich. But this isn’t just any grilled cheese sandwich. It’s loaded with pepper jack cheese, spicy pickled jalapenos, thick onions rings and really good crusty bread. It’s a sandwich for bad boys and naughty girls, or those daring eaters who don’t care about calories.

This is how we say, “I Love You. Now, let’s eat!”

Loaded with flavor

It’s all homemade, it’s a hot mess and it’s a grilled cheese that’s super decadent, dripping with spice, grease, flavor and love. It’s the week of Valentines and our anniversary that get us in this mind-set to let loose and not take ourselves too seriously. After 17 years of sharing your lives together, it’s crazy culinary times like these that bring us closer. And if it means getting a little messy in the kitchen, well, it’s all worth the pile of dirty dishes.

To laugh out loud, joke around and still love each other regardless of our imperfections is what our purpose is in life.

Last year we made cake pops for our 16th anniversary. This year we made a mess of ourselves with a crumbly, drippy grilled cheese sandwich. What does all this mean? When we hit our 20th year anniversary are we going to go sky-diving?! Oh yes, what a fantastic idea.

In celebration of this week with all those that you love deeply, let’s cook good food, make a mess in the kitchen and join the Hot Mess Club!

Happy Valentine’s Day for everyday,

diane and todd

grilled cheese sandwich recipe

grilled cheese sandwich split in half on a cutting board


The "Hot Mess" Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

We're not sure if this sandwich really even requires a recipe, but below are the ingredients and you can certainly make it your own hot mess!
5 from 3 votes


  • 2 slices bread
  • 3-4 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 2 onion rings
  • 2 pickled jalapenos
  • 1 Tablespoon butter


  • Butter outside slices of bread. Layer in cheese, onion rings and pickled jalapenos.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Grill sandwich on both sides until golden brown and the cheese is nice & melty. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 503kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 86mg, Sodium: 1230mg, Potassium: 243mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1346IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 562mg, Iron: 3mg