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Easy Cheesy Chili Mac

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A one-dish thirty-minute meal loaded with chili flavor, and the comfort level of mac and cheese!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Cumin
  • ½ teaspoons Garlic Salt
  • ½ cups Green Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • 1 can (15 Oz. Size) Red Beans, Drained And Rinsed
  • 1 can (10 Oz. Size) Chopped Tomatoes With Green Chilies, Like Rotel
  • 1 can Stewed Tomatoes (14.5 Ounce Can)
  • 1 can (15 Oz. Size) Tomato Sauce
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 cups Uncooked Pasta
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Preparation

Heat a Dutch oven or large 12-inch pot over medium heat. Add ground beef, allow it to cook and stir to crumble as you go. When browned, drain off as much grease as you can. Add in spices, bell pepper, and the drained and rinsed red beans. Add the un-drained cans of tomatoes with green chilies, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce and water and bring mixture to a simmer.

Then pour in the uncooked pasta. Cover the pot and let the mixture simmer for 12 minutes (see note), stirring occasionally. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese then sprinkle the last 1/4 over the top. Replace the lid for another moment until cheese melts. Garnish with your favorite chili fixings!

Note: I used Barilla Gluten-Free Penne Pasta. The cook time on the box says 10 minutes but this was perfect for me at 12 minutes. I have not made this with any other type of pasta. So, I recommend checking the cook time on the box and checking your pasta for tenderness, as all cook times may vary.

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Maebells on 4.21.2014

Thanks Wendy! I hope your family liked it! Nothing beats a quick and easy dinner!

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Wendy on 4.16.2014

I’m going to try this tonight! My kids love the taste of chili, and Mac n cheese! I hope they like this variation. I will post the results. :)

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beckyann on 5.8.2014

Made this for dinner last night & we all really enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing such an easy, fast, & delicious recipe! I’m sure I’ll be making it again and again!

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