Easy Chili Mac

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Easy Chili Mac is a one pot recipe made in minutes. It’s flavorful ground beef chili cooked with macaroni noodles and topped with cheese.

White bowl full of chili mac.

How To Make Easy Chili Mac

Note: This is a summary. The full printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post.

  • Add ground beef and chopped onion to a soup pot.
  • Break the beef apart and cook.
Ground beef and chopped onion in a skillet.
  • Add beef broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, sugar, and pepper.
  • Stir.
  • Bring the liquid to a simmer.
Chili seasonings being added to cooked ground beef and onion in a skillet.
  • Add the macaroni.
  • Cook until the pasta is tender, about 12 minutes.
Uncooked macaroni pasta added to chili in a pot.

Quick Tip

Be Sure To Stir

One Pot Pastas have a tendency to stick to the bottom of the pot if they are not stirred often enough. Be sure to stir the pasta every two to three minutes to prevent sticking.

The pasta will soak up most of the liquid but it should still be a little saucy.

I like to serve my chili mac topped with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.

HOW TO STORE

Keep leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator. They will last 3-4 days. 

You could freeze leftovers for up to 3 months, but the texture won’t be as good. The noodles will be very soft. Place in the refrigerator to defrost the day before you want to reheat it.

HOW TO REHEAT

I like to reheat the chili mac in a skillet over medium heat. Heat it until it is warmed through, occasionally giving it a gentle stir. 

Large pot and a ladle full of chili mac

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Easy Chili Mac Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Easy Chili Mac is a one pot recipe made in minutes. It's flavorful ground beef chili cooked with macaroni noodles and topped with cheese.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

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Servings 8 servings
Calories 257 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound 90-93% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 15 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni about 2 cups
  • For serving: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, etc.

Instructions

  • Add the ground beef and onion to a large soup pot and place it over medium-high heat. Break the beef apart with a wooden spoon. Cook for 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the beef is browned and the onions are soft.
  • Add the broth, diced tomatoes (with their juices), tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, sugar, and pepper to the beef. Stir well. Bring the liquid to a simmer.
  • Add the macaroni. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender, about 12 minutes.
  • Serve topped with shredded cheddar, sour cream, etc.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/8th of the recipe | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 1124mg | Potassium: 682mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 796IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 4mg
Course Dinner, Entree
Keyword American goulash, chili mac recipe, one pot chili mac
Cuisine American
Author Amanda Finks
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    1. 5 stars
      I just tried this recipe tonight and it turned out great!! I did reduce the broth to 2.5 cups as opposed to 4 but everything else was followed to a t.

  1. 5 stars
    Really delicious and super easy one pot meal I added a can of kidney beans for the chilli effect. Recommend!

About Amanda Finks

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Zionsville, IN. I’m an avid cook, travel nerd, & lover of good food! I’m trained in Food Science & recipe development. It’s my mission to bring you the BEST recipes your whole family will love!

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