Chili Mac Recipe (One Pot)

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Quick and easy chili mac recipe, made with simple ingredients in one pot. This 30 minute meal is loaded with beans, ground beef, tomatoes and cheese.

This rich, creamy, cheesy stovetop meal brings together two old fashioned, classic comfort foods: One Pot Easy Chili Recipe and One Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe.

How to make homemade chili mac recipe? How do you make easy chili macaroni and cheese?

  1. Brown beef.
  2. Drain grease.
  3. Min tomatoes, beans, seasoning, milk, cheese, macaroni.
  4. Cover and cook.
  5. Then, uncover and cook until liquid is reduced/absorbed to your desired consistency.
  6. Top off with more cheese until melted.
  7. Garnish with parsley and enjoy.

How do you make best vegetarian chili mac and cheese?

Use vegan ground beef or replace it completely. Add 1 cup frozen vegetables. The rest of the recipe is the same.

What sides to serve?

  • Cornbread
  • Simple salad
  • Buttermilk biscuits
  • Coleslaw
  • Breadsticks
  • Garlic bread
  • Dinner rolls


  • Shredded cheese– Cheddar or Mexican cheese blend are awesome!
  • Sour cream– Use full fat for maximum flavor.
  • Jalapeno slices– For a spicy kick.
  • Fresh herbs– Such as roughly chopped cilantro, parsley, green onions
  • Avocado slices– You an dice them into small pieces too.
  • Finely chopped onions– Red onions taste the best
  • Tortilla chips– To add a little crunch.
  • Black olives– Not a traditional topping but I love it.


  • Beef– ground beef is best and be sure to drain fat to prevent meal from becoming too oily/greasy.
  • Herbs and spices– Homemade or store-bought chili seasoning is best but taco seasoning can be another great choice.
  • Beans– i like to use chili beans because they already have some chili seasoning in them
  • Milk– Use whole milk because it has a higher fat content. Some people also replace that with low sodium chicken or beef broth but milk makes it creamier.
  • Cheese– There is a huge variety to choose from but I highly recommend cheddar and colby jack cheese. Mexican cheese blend is another great choice.
How to Make Chili Mac

Tips and techniques

  • If you don’t have chili beans, use your favorite beans- pinto, kidney e.t.c
  • Use a nonstick pot and stir often to prevent sticking and burning.
  • Adjust the amount of chili seasoning, based on your preference.
  • Use any other small pasta of your choice instead of macaroni but note that it should be uncooked. It cooks and becomes tender as it absorbs the liquid.
  • If everything looks too thick at the end, add a little broth or water to thin it out to your desired consistency. If it’s too thin, cook uncovered on high heat until liquid is reduced.
  • You can replace the store-bought packet with DIY homemade chili seasoning– Mix together the following: 1 Tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper
Homemade Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe


  • Slow cooker chili mac/ Crockpot chili mac– Add browned beef and all the other ingredients, except for the pasta in a crockpot and cook on high for 4-6 hours. In the final 20 minutes, stir in the uncooked pasta and cook until tender.
  • Chili mac soup– Add 1-2 cups chicken or beef broth (low sodium) to thin it out into a soup consistency near the end and bring to a boil.

Other one pot dinner recipes

Easy Chili Mac Recipe (One Pot Meal)
5 from 1 vote

One Pot Chili Mac Recipe

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Quick and easy chili mac recipe, made with simple ingredients in one pot. This 30 minute meal is loaded with beans, ground beef, tomatoes and cheese.

Servings: 6 People
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili mac recipe
Calories: 627 kcal
Author: Abeer


  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 pound Ground beef
  • 1 cup Onion Finely chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic Finely minced
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 1 can Chili beans 15 oz. can, Undrained
  • 1 can Diced tomatoes 14.5 oz. can
  • 1 can Tomato sauce 8 oz. can
  • 1 packet Chili seasoning 1.25 oz.
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 1/3 cup Milk Whole
  • 1.5 cups Macaroni Uncooked
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese Shredded
  • 1 cup Colby jack cheese Shredded


  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick pot over medium-high heat.

  2. Add beef, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and cook until beef is cooked and no longer pink.

  3. Remove from heat and drain fat/grease. 

  4. Add beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili seasoning, cumin powder, milk, macaroni, half the cheddar cheese, half the colby jack cheese. 

  5. Mix, cover and cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat. 

  6. Then, uncover and cook for another 6-10 minutes or until pasta is tender and liquid is reduced/absorbed. Stir often to prevent sticking and burning.

  7. Top off with the remaining cheddar cheese and colby jack cheese. Mix.

  8. Garnish with roughly chopped fresh parsley and enjoy. 

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. 
  • Do not freeze this meal because pasta does not thaw well and tastes weird. However, you can brown and beef and mix together all the other ingredients and freeze that. When you are ready to enjoy this meal,  add the frozen mixture in a large pot and cook it over low heat, covered, until it thaws. Add the macaroni and cook until it’s tender. 
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Chili Mac Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 627 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 1441mg60%
Potassium 1254mg36%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 1155IU23%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 437mg44%
Iron 5.6mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy cooking everyone!

One comment on “Chili Mac Recipe (One Pot)”

  1. Yum yum !!!

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