Chili Mac
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Your favorite noodles and an amazing chili come together and get smothered with cheese. The result is this comforting pot of Chili Mac that your whole family will love.
Serves: 8-10
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 large segments of garlic, finely chopped or crushed
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 15 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup beef broth (I use one cup water and 1 tsp beef bullion)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 1 lb package pasta (shape of your choice, we prefer shells or elbow in this recipe), cook according to package instructions for aldente. Don't forget to salt the water when you cook them.
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil, add salt and once it is boiling add your noodles and cook them according to package directions. (I suggest starting the water when you start chopping your onion and pepper. This will help the noodles to be done at the same time as the chili, making this a quick dinner to throw together.
  2. While you are waiting for the water to boil start on your chili.
  3. In a large pot (Enamel Dutch Oven Pots are my favorite for recipes like this) add the olive oil and ground beef. Cook on high heat until the meat is partly browned and then add the chopped onion, chopped green pepper and chopped garlic.
  4. Continue cooking until veggies are tender and onions are transparent. The beef should also be completely cooked at this point.
  5. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper...also add the smoked paprika if you are choosing to use some.
  6. Stir well and let those flavors cook together for a minute or so.
  7. Add the diced tomatoes, drained beans, beef broth and tomato paste. This is also when you should add the brown sugar if you are choosing to add it.
  8. Stir well and bring to a boil. Once boiling turn down to a low simmer and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. When noodles are done, drain them and add them to the finished chili.
  10. Stir well and top with the shredded cheese. Cover the pot with a lid or plate or tinfoil for a few minutes to allow cheese to melt.
  11. Garnish if desired with chopped jalapeno and cilantro.
  12. You may also serve this with sour cream and avocado if desired. Enjoy!
Recipe by Real Life Dinner at