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.


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.


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 18 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


Servings 8 servings
Calories 257 kcal


  • 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.


  • 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.


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. This meal was absolutely delicious! It was so easy to make and took almost no time to cook. Super easy weeknight supper. So glad I tried it. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    This is so good! All the flavors are perfectly balanced, and my husband loved it. I made it with GF pasta, so I didn’t simmer it as long with the pasta in it. I simmered it a little before putting the pasta in, but was concerned it would be more like soup. To my surprise, it only had a little extra juice, but that was absorbed over time, and it ended up perfect. Topped it with Mexican Crema and shredded cheese. Yum!

  3. 5 stars
    Easy to make, easier to consume! Next time I am going to add sliced jalapenos for some heat and texture.

  4. This is absolutely amazing. Make this recipe. Doesn’t even need cheese or sour cream !!

  5. 5 stars
    If you’re searching for a good one ho weight this one! I love this recipe. It’s delicious and EASY! I can prep, cook and serve all within the same hour, I love it.

  6. 5 stars
    This is SO good! I made the vegetarian version of this. I replaced the ground beef with impossible meat (I’m sure any frozen faux beef crumble would work as well or beyond meat) and added green bell pepper and kidney beans. Also used vegetable bouillon cubes because I didn’t have enough vegetable broth. Followed the rest of the directions and it turned out great. Loved it and bookmarked it for later! Thank you!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and my husband and I loved it. I will be making this recipe again and again. Thank you.

    1. 5 stars
      You can find it with the rest of the tomato products. It will say tomato sauce. It won’t let me attach a picture to show you

  8. 5 stars
    This is so good and so simple! 😋👏🏻👏🏻
    I added white pepper and some of the Diced tomatoes are Rotel. Thank you for the recipe 😊.

  9. This is an easy and very tasty recipe. I made it for a family gathering for the kids and all the adults ate it instead, then asked for the recipe. 😂

    1. 5 stars
      Very quick and great that it only requires one pot! I added kidney beans, corn, celery. I did not have tomato sauce but it still came out delicious

    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.

  10. 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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