Favorite Chili Mac

Favorite Chili Mac

Ready in 50 minutes

My Mother used to make this easy recipe and I still love it. It's great for busy week nights.

"I will make this again. I added a leftover green pepper that I had to use up and added some extra spice because I think i made too much pasta. But it will feed my family of 6 easily that way. Next time I may try it with sausage and hamburger for fun. Thanks"

- Danine

Top-ranked recipe named "Favorite Chili Mac"

4.3 avg, 73 review(s) 82% would make again


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1 cup Elbow macaroni
1 pound Lean ground beef
1 large Onion
3 tablespoons Chili powder; (I like Gebhardt Chili Powder)
1/4 teaspoon Crushed red pepper; or to taste (optional)
1 28-oz can Diced tomatoes in juice; (I use Hunts)
1 28-oz can Crushed tomatoes; (I use Hunts)
1 15-oz can Red kidney beans; rinsed and drained
-- Optional toppings --
Cheddar Cheese
Sweet onions; minced
Sour cream

Original recipe makes 12 Servings



Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.

Cook ground beef with onion in a 6-quart saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until crumbly and no longer pink. Drain, if needed. Stir in chili powder and crushed red pepper (if using). Add tomatoes and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer for 20 minutes. Add cooked macaroni; cook for 5 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.


This freezes well and makes excellent leftovers -- if there is any left.


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TMcR 2 months ago
Generally a good recipe. I personally didn't think there was enough flavor. I added more chili powder, garlic salt, and cayenne pepper. Also, I added chili beans.
BrDavis21 2 months ago
Lovely meal, added red peppers and mushrooms and used mixed beans, added some cheese while cooking. very nice.
moodysky 3 months ago
Everybody gave this two thumbs up!
mizchele 3 months ago
Made this for my husband really quick 45 minutes absolutely great. I did add my own little touches here and there and it came out great.
feliciamonique3 3 months ago
Really nice and easy to make
Lendrovsky 4 months ago
Family loved it....
kegbroughton 5 months ago
Easy and yummy
imsteffie 5 months ago
I took the advice of other reviewers and made a few changes. Used twisty noodles, chili beans with a lil juice, chili seasoning packet and a lil crushed red pepper. My family absolutely LOVED it! Will definitely make again!
rtmama01 5 months ago
Very good. I switched out the kidney beans for chili beans and instead of chili powder used a packet of chili spice mix.
Jldozer 7 months ago
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