One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

Two favorite comfort foods come together in this super easy, 30 min one-pot meal that the whole family will go crazy for!

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese - Two favorite comfort foods come together in this easy, 30 min one-pot meal that the whole family will love!

So after 2 long months of waiting and waiting, Jason and I finally brought our new puppy home today. Here is the newest member of the Damn Delicious family – Butters, our 10-week old Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese - Two favorite comfort foods come together in this easy, 30 min one-pot meal that the whole family will love!

It’s been a very long day as I sit by hyperventilating each time he whines, but apparently that’s quite normal in the puppy world. So forgive me for today’s short post – Jason is next to me playing with Butters, winning some major brownie points while I’m here working!

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese - Two favorite comfort foods come together in this easy, 30 min one-pot meal that the whole family will love!

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese - Two favorite comfort foods come together in this easy, 30 min one-pot meal that the whole family will love!

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese - Two favorite comfort foods come together in this easy, 30 min one-pot meal that the whole family will love!

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese - Two favorite comfort foods come together in this easy, 30 min one-pot meal that the whole family will love!

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese - Two favorite comfort foods come together in this easy, 30 min one-pot meal that the whole family will love!

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese - Two favorite comfort foods come together in this easy, 30 min one-pot meal that the whole family will love!

So about this mac and cheese. Now it’s definitely not your ordinary mac and cheese. It’s mac and cheese combined with a super easy homemade chili using pantry ingredients, combining two of your favorite kind of comfort foods in a single one pot meal. It’s quick, easy and sure to be a hit with the entire family. You can’t beat that!

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese - Two favorite comfort foods come together in this easy, 30 min one-pot meal that the whole family will love!

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Yield 4 servings

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

Two favorite comfort foods come together in this super easy, one-pot dish that the whole family will go crazy for!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup canned white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 10 ounces elbows pasta
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion and ground beef, and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  • Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a simmer and stir in pasta. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Top with cheese and cover until melted, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
http://damndelicious.net/2014/03/15/one-pot-chili-mac-cheese/


Comments

  1. says

    The recipe looks so warm and yummy. We are having lots of rain now but it is really nice to see the warm recipes.
    And the expression in dog’s eyes is so soft and lovely. I have a large poodle with me now and the time with him is really nice. My dog is named as coffee. And I love the name Butters.

      • Dee says

        made this for the family last night, went down a treat with everyone including my very fussy daughter, the entire clan said they would deffo eat it again.
        Thank you for adding to my recipe collection

  2. says

    Butters is adorable! Cannot believe you even posted after your day. You’re a new mom now…go play with your bundle of joy as much as you can and take tomorrow off!! :)

    This is such easy mac n cheese. I rarely make it b/c it always takes me forever to make…so this is perfect!

  3. Karen Michaelson says

    Similar to what we made when growing up. Used tomato juice instead of chicken broth. May try both liquids when I make. Thanks for the recipe brings back great memories. Cute puppy. Love the name. My two kitties were Honey and Barley!

  4. Lisa says

    I too just got a new dog yesterday, a brown and tan minpin named Comet — and he is keeping me quite busy. No time in the kitchen for now and this recipe is perfect! Good luck with your new family member and thanks for all the great recipes. :-)

  5. says

    Butters is adorable! And he has a pink octopus, every puppy should have a pink octopus, mine do. Oh, and the Chili Mac looks delicious – will be trying this very soon, as the cold weather is returning tomorrow!

    • Chung-Ah says

      Yes, the recipe includes 1 can diced tomatoes. Thanks for letting me know – the recipe has been updated.

  6. KP says

    Recipe looks delicious! One of the pictures looks like it has tomatoes- don’t think I saw any listed in the recipe. Should I add a can of diced tomatoes?

  7. melissa smith says

    That baby Corgi is so damn..lol.CUTE!!!..cute babies and puppies make me grit my teeth..and looking at Butter so cute I’m doing it. Haha..love the recipes. I’ve made several of your recipes. .sooo good. No they are Damn Delicious!! Also your photography is Awesome..love your blog!!! THANK YOU!

  8. Dorothy says

    I have some frozen chili in the freeze and I think I’m going to try this recipe by adding broth and pasta to it.

  9. says

    Wow. Why have I never seen anything like this before? Genius, putting the two together! And in one pot, nonetheless! I can’t WAIT to try this, especially because for some reason New England refuses to warm up (even though it’s mid-March) and this looks so warm and comforting. Yum!

  10. Ana says

    Made it last night! My family loved it! It was so easy. For some reason I had to add more liquid. I may have used too much pasta.

  11. Peggy says

    Your new baby is just adorable. I hope Butters will be with you for many happy years. Speaking of butter, I have your butter chicken cooking in my crockpot and it smells delicious. I will make your Mac and cheese in the near future. Thanks for some great recipes.

  12. says

    This is the definition of comfort food! So much goodness in one pot – loving everything about this.
    Butters is so adorable – cannot even tell you how much I adore that name. It must be so much fun calling his name – definitely could never get tired of hearing that :))

  13. says

    Oh!!! I must say that I am a little blindsided by your adorable pup, that it’s hard to focus on your awesome recipe, but I’ll do my best here. This does look delicious and filling. A perfect meal in my home where I’ve got 3 hungry guys. Corgies are so, so adorable! Congratulations! : )

  14. says

    Aww…Butters is adorable! So precious. I bet your hearts are swelling with joy over this new addition to your family. But, this recipe? Perfect! Mac and Cheese Chili. Where has this been my whole life? ;) Busy moms everywhere will rave and become fans of this recipe. An instant classic! Thanks for sharing. Will pin to group boards at Pinterest! xo

  15. Rebecca says

    Loved the whole idea of the one pot wonder, however I thought it was a little bland. I had to up the seasonings! Otherwise a good dish!

  16. Molly Cour says

    Wow looks so yummy! I’ll prob use ground turkey (always adding a little worcestershire sauce to help turkey taste richer); I haven’t used ground beef in months! My hubby and kids can’t tell the diff!

    • Chung-Ah says

      Susan, the tomatoes here are a crucial part of this dish. You can certainly try to omit them but I cannot speak for how much this will change the taste/texture of the overall dish.

      • Michel says

        Sorry, I was reading the list on my phone and somehow missed that you did state drained and rinsed. Luckily that’s exactly what I did. Thanks for the quick reply too. I just finished eating this for lunch. I also found that mine did not turn out as “soupy” as the picture like another person stated, more like chili mac because the noodles absorbed the liquid. I still very much enjoyed it! I’m sure you could cook the noodles separately and add them in right before eating, but I like it the one pot meal. I used chicken stock and fire roasted diced tomatoes because that’s what I had on hand. I think it could be cheesier, but I am watching what I’m eating so it’s probably for the best! Thanks!

        • Chung-Ah says

          No worries – I actually just updated the recipe when you pointed that out for other readers with the same question.

  17. says

    Oh my that is the cutest puppy ever!!!! My friend has a corgi. I just love that dog. Congratulations!!!!! I hope you post more pictures as she grows and prospers.
    This recipe is the cat’s meow—-I used that metaphor for your new baby girl.
    I am looking for kid friendly recipe that adults would like also. New grandkids in my sphere of influence, which is prompting my search. This would fit the bill.

  18. Susie says

    Did you just use a can of beans each. Or did you measure 3/4 cup. I just threw a cam each. Hoping it works.

  19. geoerge says

    If you want to make this for a serving of 4, then cut the amount of the ingredients in half. I made this tonight to serve 4 but in reality it is closer to a serving of 8-10. It did taste good though. I substituted tomato sauce for the tomatoes as my wife does not like canned tomatoes.

  20. Mary says

    I made this last night — I knew our teenaged boy would eat the whole thing as written, so I actually used 2 pounds of hamburger meat and pretty much doubled the rest of the recipe ingredients, except used the same amt of elbow mac and 6 cups of chicken broth. OMG, amazing and delicious. The broth is wonderful! Since the kid almost single-handedly consumed the HUGH Asian quinoa salad I made — we have leftovers of this recipe. Chung-Ah – I am so glad I found your site. Your recipes inspire me! I have made so many of them! This one is a keeper too!

  21. says

    My boyfriend and I (mostly him) are Corgi obsessed even though we don’t have a little puppy of our own yet. Butters is too freaking cute!

  22. Mindy says

    Just made this. I think the recipe should read 6 oz. of pasta. It soaked up all the liquid, not like a soup at all. But very tasty.

    • Chung-Ah says

      Mindy, this is not really supposed to be a “soup” per se. This is really a hybrid between mac and cheese and chili, so there should only be a little bit of thickened chili along with some cheesy goodness :)

  23. Meghan says

    This was the first Pinterest recipe I’ve ever made! And in fact I made it for supper today. Skipped the parsley & only used 1/2 an onion (all I had around). Great lil recipe, very filling & it was delicious! I would add more chilli powder next time & maybe some green onions. Thank you for sharing! I’ll definitely be going back to this one in the future :)

    • Chung-Ah says

      Please understand that it is very difficult to give exact conversion information to translate traditional oven/stovetop recipes to the slow cooker method. I recommend using your own judgement to convert this recipe to utilize a slow cooker.

  24. A. Decker says

    This was the first Pinterest recipe I’ve made and it was perfect for an easy, tasty Wednesday night dinner. I asked the husband this morning if he was cool with it for dinner again tonight and he said “most definitely, it was really GOOD!” I’m so glad I ran across your blog and will be using it as a resource for recipes going forward.
    p.s. Butters is precious!

    • Chung-Ah says

      That’s really based on personal preference – feel free to drain or keep as is. I honestly didn’t feel the need to drain the excess fat.

  25. says

    I love your blog…but recipe makes me crazy because you’re using partial cans of beans. I’m going to use an entire lb of ground beef (because that’s how it’s packaged) and full cans of beans. Thankfully, I”m an experienced cook and can figure out how to make adjustments to recipes to serve my family….plus I want leftovers!!!

  26. Lisa says

    90% of my meals in my recipe book come from your blog. They are DELICIOUS and this one is no exception. You’re fabulous!

  27. says

    I made this for dinner last night and it was SOOO good! Such a warm, hearty food after a long day. I subbed whole wheat rotini (because that’s what I had on hand) and just one can of kidney beans rather than partial cans of kidney and white. So delicious! Thanks :)

  28. Molly says

    I made this tonight and it was kind of bland. I added more cumin and chili powder and in the end added a spoonful of salsa which gave it more flavor. If I were to make it again, I would double the ground beef and cut the noodles in half. I thought the ratio was a little off. There is definitely room to experiment a little! You have to add more liquid if you want to make it more like Chili. If you want it more like mac and cheese, I suppose you could use the recommended liquid add more cheese and throw it in the oven for a bit.

    • Chung-Ah says

      Molly, it really depends on how you want this to be – more mac and cheese or more chili. This is really a hybrid recipe, so although I could’ve added more spices, I wanted to keep a nice balance without overpowering any of the flavors.

  29. Lesley says

    Out of 6 kids 2 adults only had one not like it and I think he was just having a bad day and didn’t want nothing but his corn bread. I did have to play with it alittle since I was cooking for 8 and I wanted left overs for the weekend. I had hot Mexican chili powder so I was scared to add more so I added some of my homemade taco seasoning. I wanted a little deeper red color so I added two T of tomato paste. Next time I will add green peppers and might try it with corn.

  30. Emily Hart says

    Holy smackeroni and cheese Batman!! I just saw this on someone’s board on pinterest, came here, found your crazy awesome site, and have made this for supper. This is so deliciously easy and yummy! As a mommy cooking for 7 people, this is so much appreciated!
    What possibly got in your mind to create this? You inspire me!

  31. Marie says

    Made this tonight and it was delish!! I did use turkey instead of beef and added a can of corn. A little too soupy but I will add some tomato sauce next time to thicken it up a bit. Very very tasty I will be making this again, thank you so much for sharing!

    • David says

      Yes, canned corn contains a lot of fluid, even if you drain it first, so some adjustment is necessary. What I always do is have on hand a box of very small pasta (orzo, acini de pepe, or those little Mexican stars), and about halfway through if my chili or spaghetti sauce is looking like it will be too soupy I throw in a tablespoon or two of the tiny pasta to absorb the excess liquid. Because they’re so small they cook faster than the other pasta so as long as you don’t wait too long to add them it should all come out fine.

  32. Jennifer says

    I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! I vegetarianized it by swapping the ground beef for a vegetarian substitute and chicken broth for vegetable broth. It was so good! I ate a bowl and a half for dinner and just ate another for lunch today. Yum!

  33. kristen says

    I added fresh cilantro…used rotel tomatoes, and the shredded Mexican blend cheese….delicious…the fresh cilantro, if you like it, is a huge flavor enhancer in this meal!

  34. Megan says

    I have looked at several grocery stores nearby (Walmart and Kroger) and haven’t found white kidney beans so I’m just going to make this tonight with all red. And since I had a bag of dried I’m going to soak and cook those instead of canned. If anyone else knows where to find the white ones please tell me where I’m missing them!

    • Chung-Ah says

      Megan, I was able to find them at Trader Joe’s and my local grocery store. If all else fails, you can always order from Amazon.

  35. Amy Soltis says

    Making this for the 2nd time tonight-it’s been a huge hit with everyone. I watch a little girl who is dairy free-I scoop out her portion first and then add the cheese. The first time I made it with bacon and that was really good, going with the beef today.

  36. Love to Eat says

    I have 2 Pem’s named Buttercup and Wesley…I call Buttercup, Butter! They are the BEST dogs in the world! You will never pee alone or do anything alone for that mattter…always under your feet!

  37. says

    I made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS!!! I add our favorite toppings just like we were having chili, delicious. I could’t believe how easy this was.
    Thanks so much!

  38. medinalakegirl says

    Made this tonight – an easy, impromptu dinner. Really enjoy it. Thanks for the recipe!

  39. Michelle says

    Have you tried freezing this recipe? Would you add the cheese before freezing or after it’s been heated once it’s been thawed out?

    • Chung-Ah says

      Michelle, unfortunately I have not tried freezing this (there were no leftovers to freeze :) so I cannot answer this with certainty. I recommend using your best judgement for freezing/reheating options.

  40. Angi says

    I made this and it was very good! Even though it tasted delicious it came out very dark in color (like dark gravy color). It did not look bright and colorful like the photo. Any suggestions on what I may have done for it to turn so dark? My kids were not impressed with the presentation. Any thoughts would be welcome!

    • Chungah says

      Angi, I’m not entirely sure why it came out so dark in color. Did you follow the ingredient list as is? If all else fails, you can always top it off with a little bit of grated cheese – extra cheese always get me more excited about my meal :)

    • Chungah says

      If you guys are heavy eaters, then yes, by all means, I recommend doubling the recipe! If anything, the leftovers are also amazing.

  41. Betsy R says

    I really enjoyed this dinner but unfortunately my hubby did not. He is not much of a chili fan though. I found this dish super simple to prepare.

  42. Jessica says

    I kind of fudged the amounts in this recipe to use (a lot) of leftovers from a chili cookoff at my university and holy moly, this was so good. I made the mistake of sharing it with my residence hall, and there was none left.

  43. says

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was a big hit with everyone! Such a great one-pot meal. Love all of your simple and tasty recipes.

  44. Kim says

    I made with ground chicken and used all white beans (was cooking for someone who doesn’t eat beef) and this was really good. I’ll make again for sure. I want to try with beef as well. Thanks for the recipe.

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