The perfect back-to-school recipe! Our Chili Mac Recipe is full of bold chili flavors, beef, wagon wheel pasta, and plenty of ooey, gooey cheese. Best of all, it's ready in under 30 minutes and made all in one pot!
Course Main Course
Keyword chili mac and cheese, chili mac recipe, easy one pot meals, Hot Lunch Ideas, one pot dinners, one pot mac and cheese, one pot meals, one pot pasta, one pot pasta recipes, One pot recipes
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Total Time 25minutes
Author Renee Pajestka
1lb.lean ground beefsee note 1
½ - ¾cuponionsdiced
2Tbsp.chili seasoning mixI used McCormick
14 ½ozcan diced tomatoesdo not drain
4cupsbeef broth or stock
1cupmilk or half and half
15 ½oz.beansrinsed and drained (I used pinto beans)
16oz.pastawagon wheel, macaroni, etc., uncooked
2cupssharp cheddar cheesegrated
salt and pepper to taste
Freshly chopped parsley for garnishoptional
Add olive oil to a large pot (6 quart min) with a lid and heat over med-high heat until oil starts to shimmer. Add in ground beef and onions and cook, breaking up beef into crumbles, until beef is no longer pink and onions are softened.
Stir in chili seasonings, tomatoes, beef broth, milk and beans.
Heat until mixture begins to simmer, then add in the pasta and stir. Bring back to a simmer and cover pot and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until pasta is soft. (There will still be liquid in the pan, you don't want it to all absorb). You may need to adjust cook time to desired degree of doneness for pasta.
Take off heat and stir in cheese until melted. Taste for salt and pepper, and add as needed. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.
We recommend Certified Angus Beef® brand ground beef for best results.