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Chili mac recipe in a pot with a red ladle

One Pot Chili Mac Recipe

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
Cuisine American
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 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 474kcal
Author Renee Pajestka


  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef see note 1
  • ½ - ¾ cup onions diced
  • 2 Tbsp. chili seasoning mix I used McCormick
  • 14 ½ oz can diced tomatoes do not drain
  • 4 cups beef broth or stock
  • 1 cup milk or half and half
  • 15 ½ oz. beans rinsed and drained (I used pinto beans)
  • 16 oz. pasta wagon wheel, macaroni, etc., uncooked
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Freshly chopped parsley for garnish optional


  • 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.


  1. We recommend Certified Angus Beef® brand ground beef for best results.


Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 754mg | Potassium: 709mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1240IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 295mg | Iron: 3.9mg