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Cheesy Chili Mac

Chili Mac Recipe

Chili Mac is the ultimate combination of beefy, spicy, and cheesy. This twist on the classic favorite is the perfect go-to hearty comfort food.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chili Mac, Chili Mac Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 608kcal


  • 8 oz dry elbow macaroni pasta cooked to al dente and drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 7 oz tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 14 oz can red kidney beans drained
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 jalapeno cut into rounds
  • 1 red chili pepper cut into rounds


  • Place a large dutch oven over medium-high heat and add oil.
  • Add onions and sauté for 1 minute, add the bell pepper and garlic, and saute stirring for 1 more minute.
  • Add ground beef and cook it until browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the cumin, oregano, cocoa powder, chili powder, paprika, and salt and stir to fully coat the beef.
  • Mix in the crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, and the beans.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chili thickens.
  • Preheat oven broiler on medium heat.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the chili and toss well to combine.
  • Top with the shredded cheese and transfer to the oven. Broil for 2 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and melted.
  • Garnish with sliced jalapeños and sliced chili pepper, sprinkle on top chopped cilantro.
  • Serve with sour cream.



Calories: 608kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1257mg | Potassium: 1034mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2020IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 439mg | Iron: 6mg