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Easy Beef Chili Macaroni and Cheese

Chili Mac and Cheese

This delicious comfort food recipes combines Chili and Macaroni and Cheese into one amazing family friendly meal!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chili Mac and Cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Author Amanda @ Old House to New Home


For the chili

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 15 ounce can kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 ounce can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium green pepper seeded and diced
  • 4 ounce can diced green chiles or diced jalapenos
  • 24 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 28 ounce can diced or whole tomatoes if using whole tomatoes break up with a spoon
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 teaspoons Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

For the Macaroni

  • 12 ounces short cut pasta like macaroni or shells approximately half of a box
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or more as desired
  • optional toppings: green onions sour cream, crushed chips


  1. Add olive oil, onion, and ground beef to saucepan over high heat. Cook until browned. Reduce heat to low and stir in half the salt and chili powder.
  2. Add remaining chili ingredients. Let cook over low for a minimum of 1 hour, up to 4 hours, stirring frequently. Taste and add more seasoning as desired.
  3. When chili is almost finished cooking, start boiling water for the pasta. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  4. To serve, scoop place a serving of pasta in a bowl and top with a serving of chili, then shredded cheese and any other optional toppings.