This yummy, cheesy one pot chili mac and cheese is the perfect hearty recipe for dinner!
Prep Time5 minutesmins
Cook Time25 minutesmins
Total Time30 minutesmins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Chili Mac Recipe
½cupdiced yellow onion
3ouncestomato paste(½ of a small can)
2cupssharp cheddar cheese,grated
Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion in the skillet until soft and translucent.
Add ground beef and cook until the meat is no longer pink.
Drain any excess fat.
Add chili seasoning and stir to distribute.
Add the Rotel tomatoes (including juice), tomato paste, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil.
Add the macaroni noodles, continuing to heat until everything is boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover with a lid. Cook for 10 minutes until the pasta is cooked all the way through.
Remove from heat. Stir in ½ cup of the cheese to distribute evenly.
Spread the remaining cheese over the top and place the lid back onto the pan and let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes until the cheese has all melted.
The Rotel tomatoes add a little spice, but you can also use diced canned tomatoes.
If you use ground beef with higher fat content, it’s a good idea to drain the excess fat after cooking the meat. The added fat will make the dish greasy. You could also use a ground turkey or ground chicken in the recipe.
Make sure to add the noodles to the mix uncooked.
Top each bowl with more cheese and your favorite chili toppings once you serve it.