A simple recipe that is sure to become a family favorite! Try this Easy Cheesy Chili Mac Recipe for dinner tonight!
We all have those recipes that are family favorites that we have kept forever! The kids love them and request them all the time. This Easy Cheesy Chili Mac is one of those recipes at my house. It is so simple to make, and everybody loves it!
I originally shared this recipe back in 2010 near the start of A Few Shortcuts. Let's just say I wasn't the best food photographer then. It was time to update the photos, update the info, and share this with you again because this recipe is delicious!
How to Make Cheesy Chili Mac
This recipe is so easy. You are going to cook some macaroni or other shaped pasta. This time I used rotini because it is what was on hand. When you cook your pasta only cook it for about 5 minutes. You want it to finish cooking with the chili.
In a skillet brown your beef, onions, etc. and then add in your other ingredients to create a simple chili.
In a 13x9 casserole dish layer a couple of cups of pasta with a couple of cups of chili, alternating until done. This is the best way to get a good pasta to chili ratio.
Top the casserole with shredded cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
What to Serve with Cheesy Chili Mac
This is a fantastic one-dish meal. It is great with a side salad and some fresh bread (Try this French Bread Recipe).
Gluten-Free Cheesy Chili Mac
With just a couple simple tweaks this recipe is easily modified to be gluten-free. Just use gluten-free pasta and as always check your other ingredients to ensure they are gluten-free.
Make it a Freezer Meal
A great prep ahead trick is to assemble your Cheesy Chili Mac the day before or even a few days before and freeze it. Follow the recipe but stop right before you put it in the oven. Cover your pan with aluminum foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days, then bake at 350 for 30 minutes when ready to enjoy.
The other option is to wrap it up tightly and freeze it for up to 2 months. Before baking remove it from the freezer and thaw it completely.
- 16 oz macaroni (or other shape pasta)
- 28 oz diced tomatoes (canned)
- 8 oz tomato sauce (canned)
- 14 oz chili beans
- ½ cup diced onion
- ½ cup diced bell pepper (or just by the frozen pepper onion mix)
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tsp. chili powder (+/-)
- 1 tsp. salt
- Dash pepper
- 1 cup Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
- Boil macaroni until al dente (about 5 min). You want it to finish cooking in the chili!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In skillet cook and crumble ground beef, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Until cooked through.
- Drain the beef and add seasonings, tomatoes, and chili beans. Bring to a simmer.
- In large casserole dish, layer macaroni and Chili. It is easier to mix together this way.
- Top with shredded cheddar cheese.
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes and serve!
- Use a gluten free pasta
- Use a dairy-free cheese or omit the cheese.
Freezer/Fridge MealAssemble the Cheesy Chili Mac in a 13x9 pan but don't bake. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and keep in the fridge or freezer until ready to enjoy. When ready to eat, thaw and bake according to the recipe directions.
Originally published in 2010. Updated August 2019
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I am Amanda. Mom to 3 wonderful kids & lots of furbabies. Plus wife to my hubby, David, for 20 years (gosh that makes me sound old). In our house we love to get outside, have family fun, and enjoy all Florida has to offer (Hey, Universal!) We do all of that with a few shortcuts.