This One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese combines two great comfort foods all in one! Delicious and hearty, quick and comforting, perfect dinner for back to school and ready in under 30 minutes.
I can’t believe that summer is almost over, only a couple days left but fall has been in the air now for a couple weeks here. I must say I love it, not so much the colder weather, but the colors of the trees changing. It really is beautiful and as much as I love my summer weather and my flip flops, I do enjoy the short fall we do have here. Which is what brings me to this dish, chili mac and cheese, which I think is perfect for this time of year.
ONE POT CHILI MAC AND CHEESE
This dish is perfect in many ways. It’s made in one pot, it’s done in 30 minutes which makes it the perfect for back to school dinners, and most importantly it’s the epitome of comfort food. It’s one of those dishes that you wish to keep eating once you start. It really is a one pot wonder!
This one pot dinner is for both the chili lovers and the mac and cheese lovers, it’s everything you love in one bowl. There’s just something special and comforting about a piping hot bowl of chili.
CHILI MAC AND CHEESE INGREDIENTS
The ingredients are simple and you probably have everything on hand already, and it’s a great dish to clean up your pantry, use up some of those beans and canned tomatoes, and I know I always always have elbow macaroni in my pantry. Lots of it, not just elbow macaroni but all sorts of pasta.
Sometimes I think I’m obsessed with pasta, because I cannot make a trip to my Italian market without filling up my cart with pasta.
WHAT CHEESE WORKS FOR CHILI MAC AND CHEESE
I prefer to use a good sharp cheddar cheese and lots of it. You could however use a blend of cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. Monterey Jack would also work wonderfully in this recipe.
This recipe will also make quite a bit of chili mac and cheese, so there will be plenty of leftovers to take to work the next day. I would also recommend buying a good chili powder and using that because it really does make all the difference. Hope you give this one pot wonder a try!
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One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb ground beef extra lean
- 1 large onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp cumin ground
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp black pepper ground
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 cup kidney beans drained and rinsed
- 26 oz diced tomatoes (1 can)
- 4 cups chicken broth low sodium
- 10 oz elbow pasta uncooked
- 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
- 2 tbsp parsley chopped
- In a large sauce pan or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Since I'm using extra lean ground beef there's no need to drain the fat, but if you're using fatter ground beef, drain whatever fat there is.
- Stir in the onion and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes or until the onion softens and becomes translucent and the garlic is aromatic.
- Add the cayenne pepper, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper and stir. Add the black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, chicken broth and elbow pasta. Stir everything together and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to a simmer, cover the pot and cook for about 9 to 12 minutes or until the elbow macaroni is cooked.
- Stir in 1 cup of the shredded cheese then sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese over the top. Cover the pot for about 1 minute just until the cheese melts.
- Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.
- The elbow macaroni can be replaced with any shape pasta.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.