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Chipotle chili mac and cheese on an oval white casserole dish.

Chipotle Chili Mac and Cheese

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


This smoky chipotle chili mac and cheese is a delicious pasta bake with tons of beef, beans, chorizo and cheese to make one very tasty meal.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb. elbows pasta
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 7 oz. chorizo, diced or sliced
  • 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 (7 oz.) cans chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced
  • 1 (2.5 oz.) packet chili seasoning
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded and divided


  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 and chorizo until cooked, about 5 minutes. Break up any clumps.
  3. Remove beef mixture 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 mixture, tomatoes, chili beans, chipotle peppers, 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.
  8. Transfer to a 9×13 casserole dish and top with remaining 1 cup cheese.
  9. Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  10. Dish and serve hot.
  11. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins