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Chili mac and cheese on a wooden spoon.

Chili Mac and Cheese

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  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 8-10 1x


This delicious chili mac and cheese with ground beef, diced tomatoes, chili beans, pasta and cheese is the perfect comfort food for winter.


Units Scale
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 (16 oz.) cans kidney chili beans in mild sauce
  • 2 packets chili seasoning
  • 1 lb. elbows pasta
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, start making the chili. Over medium high heat in a dutch oven, brown the ground beef until cooked, about 5 minutes. Break up any clumps.
  3. Remove beef and set aside. Drain any excess fat.
  4. In the same pot, saute onions and garlic in some oil until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add in cooked beef, tomatoes, chili beans and chili seasoning. If needed, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Add cooked pasta and 1 cup cheddar cheese to the chili and stir to mix well until cheese has melted.
  8. Dish and serve hot.
  9. Enjoy!


Adapted from Dianna B (thanks!)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins