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Hearty One Pot Chili Mac Recipe

This hearty, one pot chili mac recipe is the ultimate comfort food. Easy and quick to make, it’s the weeknight meal choice for your family!

one pot chili mac recipe in blue cast iron dutch oven

When my mom began cooking for two, after my brothers and I had left home, she made a few dishes that she never made for our family. One of those dishes was a pot of chili. She put her own spin on it by leaving out the beans (because they really didn’t like them) and she added pasta instead. So what she was actually making was chili mac. The one pot chili mac recipe I’m sharing today is hearty and filling. It’s a simple meal that makes the perfect weeknight dinner or Sunday supper. This is a great recipe to serve to young children. It’s not too spicy, and you can use some sort of fun pasta such as zoo animals or ABC’s.

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One Pot Chili Mac Recipe

This hearty, one pot chili mac recipe is the ultimate comfort food. Easy and quick to make, it's the weeknight meal choice for your family!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • Small sweet onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground chuck
  • 23 oz. can Campbell's tomato soup
  • 1 soup can water
  • 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 package chili seasoning mix
  • 1 c. mini pasta I used mini penne
  • shredded cheese

Instructions

  • Swirl olive oil in a large soup pot. Add onion and cook for a few minutes.
  • Add ground chuck. Cook until done.
  • At this point you can drain your meat if desired.
  • Add tomato soup, water, canned tomatoes, and tomato juice.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Add pasta.
  • Add 2 teaspoons chili seasoning. Add more until the chili has the taste you desire.
  • Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.
  • Serve with shredded cheese.

Notes

Beans can be added if desired. 
If chili becomes too thick after pasta is fully cooked, add more tomato juice, followed by more chili seasoning. 
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One Pot Chili Mac Recipe Tips:

  • Of course you can add beans if desired. A traditional chili mac recipe includes kidney beans so feel free to add them.
  • After the 30 minute simmering time, the pasta may take on a life of its own. If the chili mac gets too thick, add more tomato juice. If more tomato juice is added, taste again and add more chili seasoning if necessary.
  • This one pot chili mac recipe can be easily doubled to feed a crowd. You will need quite a big pot though!
  • It lasts in the refrigerator for up to five days. The leftovers are wonderful.

one pot chili mac recipe with cheese

My mom cooked dinner every single night when we (I have three brothers) were growing up. I have no idea why she never made this chili mac recipe! It’s delicious topped with shredded cheese and served with a thick, crusty piece of bread

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