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One-Pot Chili Mac

Tender beef, extra gooey cheese, and pasta all in one dish. This One-Pot Chili Mac is loaded with bold flavor and comes together in one skillet for an easy weeknight meal.

One Pot Chili Mac | Tender beef, gooey cheese, and pasta in one easy weeknight dish.

I was originally going to post a fall-inspired cocktail today, but then the doom and gloom moved in. It’s humid, rainy, and way too dark outside for a typical fall morning. With cloud-covered skies comes laziness. They naturally go hand-in-hand.

One Pot Chili Mac | Tender beef, gooey cheese, and pasta in one easy weeknight dish.

It’s too dark to capture good-quality photos, so I’ve taken to the couch and am currently binge watching Downton Abbey. Can we talk about Violet Crawley, the Countess of Grantham and Grandmother, for a second? Is she not by far the best character on the show? I aspire to be like her one day. And the clothes…absolutely exquisite! I’m definitely living in the wrong era.

Moving on…

One Pot Chili Mac | Tender beef, gooey cheese, and pasta in one easy weeknight dish.

Whilst glaring at the television screen, I’ve also been shoveling this One-Pot Chili Mac into my face. It’s everything a weeknight meal should be: easy, accessible, big on flavor, and very little clean-up.

Also, carbs and cheese. Tell me that isn’t the best combination on the face of the planet?

One Pot Chili Mac | Tender beef, gooey cheese, and pasta in one easy weeknight dish.

How can one say no to carbs and cheese, am I right? Of course I am

One Pot Chili Mac | Tender beef, gooey cheese, and pasta in one easy weeknight dish.

Now, go get up on them carbs!

One-Pot Chili Mac

Tender beef, extra gooey cheese, and pasta all in one dish. This One-Pot Chili Mac is loaded with bold flavor and comes together in one skillet for an easy weeknight meal.

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 35 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 8 ounces dried macaroni pasta
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped cilantro for topping

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, green pepper, red pepper, jalapeno to the pan; cook, stirring often, until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  2. Add the ground beef to the pan; cook, breaking the meat up as it cooks, until brown and cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chicken stock, chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika to the pan; stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir in the pasta. Cover the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, for 12-13 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the cheese; stir until all the cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with cilantro.
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6 Responses to “One-Pot Chili Mac”

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — October 1, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    This looks delicious! Awesome spin on mac and cheese :)

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    Carolyn @ Cabot — October 2, 2015 at 7:25 am

    You had me at extra.gooey.cheese. and sealed it with “one pot.” An easy, delicious meal all in one pot!~Carolyn @ Cabot

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    Ashley — October 3, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Ugh it’s the same way by us … still! I have so many photos I need to take and the weather is killing my schedule!! haha

    I need to just make this deliciousness and console myself with binge watching Netflix on the couch :)

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — October 6, 2015 at 10:57 am

    This is comfort food at its finest!

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    Megan E Jaskulski — March 16, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I made this for my family tonight and it was a HIT!!! My husband, who is a trained chef, said it was fantastic and looks forward to eating it again. It has the perfect amount of spice and is so easy!! Thanks so much!

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    Julie West — October 12, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Loved this! Reminded me of a spicy goulash. I topped with cheddar cheese and sour cream. It was a bit spicy for me, but my husband and son loved the heat level. Definitely will make this again.

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