One Pot Chili Mac & Cheese

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ThisOne Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is a quick and easy dinner idea that is perfect for busy weeknights.  And, it only uses one pot, so you’re not left with a sink full of dirty dishes.

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese on a white plate with a red fork on a striped napkin

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If there was ever an ultimate comfort food One Pot Chili Macaroni and Cheese is it. Not only is it delicious and easy to make the whole thing cooks up in one pot. Those are the best kinds of dinners I think because washing the dishes is a breeze.

The first time I read this recipe I had my doubts about how good it would be. Honestly, it sounded a little weird and I couldn’t really imagine what it would taste like. Once I tried it I was sure it would always be one of my favorite recipes.

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One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese closer up on a striped napkin

Hi! Susanne from New South Charm back again this month with another great recipe to help you get dinner on the table. Last month I shared my recipe for Slow Cooker Taco Chili and since it was such a hit I decided to share another or my favorite chili recipes with you.

This recipe is really easy and it’s pretty fast so it’s perfect for those nights when you are short on time. Plus, whole recipe is done in about 45 minutes.

Begin by warming up a tablespoon of olive oil in the bottom of a large pot or dutch oven. Then add onion, bell pepper and garlic to pot to oil and cook until tender. Next, brown the ground beef until no longer pink and just browned.

Next add a package  chili seasoning, a can of tomatoes, and two cans of kidney beans. Pour in two cups of chicken broth then stir to combine.

Bring the mixture to a boil and then add pasta to pot. Cover with a lid and reduce heat simmering for 15 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Mix in half the cheese stirring until melted and then sprinkle remaining cheese over the top of the chili.

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese on a wood table

That’s all there is to making this recipe for One Pot Chili Macaroni and Cheese. If you’re looking for more great comfort food recipes be sure to pop over to New South Charm and check out my great recipes for 30 Minute One Pot Chili, Easy White Chicken Chili or my very popular Easy Homemade Mac ’n Cheese.

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One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese - this is a quick and easy dinner idea that is perfect for busy weeknights
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One Pot Chili Mac & Cheese

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
If you are looking for a warm and hearty meal, then look no further than this delicious dinner.
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  • 1 lb Ground beef or ground turkey
  • 16 oz Elbow pasta
  • 1 can tomatoes and chilies
  • 2 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chili power
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Warm olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat for a couple minutes then add butter to melt.
  • Add onion, pepper and garlic to skillet cook until tender and onions are clear.
  • Then add ground beef and cooked until browned.
  • Once beef is browned add seasonings, can of tomatoes and chilies and the can of kidney beans.
  • Pour in 2 cups of chicken broth.
  • Bring mixture to a boil.
  • Add pasta to pot reduce heat and simmer for 12 minutes or until pasta tender.
  • Add in half of cheese stirring allowing it to melt then sprinkle remaining cheese on top.

Expert Tips

You can replace the chili powder, cumin and garlic powder with 2 tablespoons of my homemade Taco Seasoning Blend

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 993kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 613mg | Potassium: 982mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2527IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 487mg | Iron: 6mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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