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

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 4
Author: Susanne Eagan


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