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!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 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 uncooked elbows pasta
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  • 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.

Why It’s A Smart Choice

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 647.2 Calories from Fat 169.2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.8g 29%
Saturated Fat 7.8g 39%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 50.2mg 17%
Sodium 671.0mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 83.8g 28%
Dietary Fiber 8.7g 35%
Sugars 6.7g
Protein 37.6g 75%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Folate is a B vitamin that is needed for proper red blood cell development. Consuming adequate folate is associated with lower cardiovascular disease, lower risk of cancer, and a reduced risk of neural tube defects for pregnant women.

Legumes such as kidney beans are a great source of folate. A serving of this dish will give you nearly a full day’s recommendation for folate (in adults)!

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.


  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

        • Terry Barton says

          looks good and I will try it – but why only 3/4 can of each bean? I will try using a whole can of each. Can always add more broth.

          • Chungah says

            Terry, there are only 3/4 cups canned beans because 1 whole can each is a bit much with the rest of the ingredients. But feel free to use more as needed!

          • Shari says

            And it says 3/4 cup, not 3/4 can….unless that’s what it comes out to :) I am making this today!! Looks fabulous and we have 8-9 inches of snow and ice and more coming tomorrow. Good day for this pot of ‘warmth’!!

          • Stephanie says

            I added one can of each, def. wasn’t overpowering with the other ingredients, I also found the tomatoes to not be enough, so next time two cans of tomatoes.

  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!

      • Tina says

        My cat has a baby purple hippo (teenie beanie baby) that she carries around by the scruff of it’s neck like a real baby. If she thinks she’s been left at home alone she carries Hippo around crying. So sad! :)

        BTW – your Chili Mac & Cheese does look damn delicious! I can’t wait to try it.

    • 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!!!..cute babies and puppies make me grit my teeth..and looking at Butter so cute I’m doing it. the recipes. I’ve made several of your recipes. .sooo good. No they are Damn Delicious!! Also your photography is 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.

      • Chungah says

        Latoya, please understand that it is very difficult to give exact conversion information to translate a traditional stovetop recipe to the slow cooker method without further recipe testing. I recommend using your own judgement to convert this recipe to utilize a slow cooker.

  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.

    • Melissa says

      Mine is too. I actually add corn instead to give it a little sweetness. It still comes out amazing. It’s one of his favorite meals.

    • Amyo6 says

      Having grandchildren with a variety of food allergies, it can be a struggle at times to adapt recipes to their needs. I am going out on a limb here, to suggest jarred red peppers (not brined) diced. Maybe try using 1 cup… a smaller amount than the tomatoes called for because of the little bit stronger taste of red pepper. It will be a different taste but looking at the ingredients listed, it could still be delicious.

      • 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.

    • Paula says

      Walmart/Kroger both carry great northern beans and cannellini beans which are both white and can be used in this recipe.

  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.

  45. Stephy B says

    Just wanted to drop in and say how much we enjoyed this easy, one pot dinner! I actually doubled the recipe…boy did it make a ton! Lucky for my neighbors and friends, they enjoyed your chili mac recipe tonight also 😉

    I used what I had…added a can of tomato sauce, and used pinto and white northern beans. The rest I followed per directions. When doubling the recipe, I just used a 1lb box of macaroni and it seems to work out perfectly.

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  46. Joan says

    Great recipe – a huge hit with my whole family! I think weighing the pasta is important because 10 oz is just the right amount for the liquid. Thanks for sharing!

  47. says

    I saw this on Buzzfeed and made it last night! SO GOOD! I used ground turkey, lots o’ hot sauce and cheese, but otherwise followed the recipe. I will be visiting your blog regularly; you have great recipes!

  48. says

    Just made this and yes it is a twist on traditional Chilli Mac. I loved it!
    Thank you for sharing. This is as easy as they say – 30 minutes DONE! :)

  49. Michelle says

    I made this last night and it was wonderful! My family isn’t a huge fan of tomatoes so I only used half a can of petite diced tomatoes. We also swapped out white beans for black beans and used almost two cups of sharp cheddar cheese! It was a huge hit, thank you for sharing!

    • Chungah says

      Haylie, this recipe is tailor-made as a one pot meal on the stovetop. I recommend using your own judgement to convert this recipe to utilize a slow cooker.

  50. Anna Tidmore says

    I’m planning on making this for college friends coming over tonight and wondering if I’m doubling the recipe should I double the chicken broth too? I’m afraid it will be to liquidy

    • Chungah says

      I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried doubling this myself but you can certainly use 1.5x more broth to be on the safe side.

  51. says

    This chili is SUPER good! I doubled the recipe but used a bit less broth, and used beef broth for half. I would say it will be almost 8-10 servings. Well, anyway – my kids loved it since it was not too spicy but very flavorful, and I loved it even though I don’t like noodles. Yummy.

  52. Karen says

    This looks yummy, will have to try it , congrats on your Corgi, we had two for 15 years and 3 litters of puppies. Wonderful little dogs with big dog personalities!

  53. kayla M says

    Thanks for this recipe! made it earlier and it was a success!! hubby loved it he served himself 4 bowls full! did it on the slowcooker. and ate it with garlic bread

    • Chungah says

      Kristi, you can certainly omit the beans but I cannot speak for how much this will change the overall taste/texture of the dish.

  54. Marie Czarnecki says

    I love your recipes, also the pic of your puppy Butter. I also think you are so cute!! Every time I see your recipes I know they are going to be delicious and printable. Enjoy your new puppy and give it lots of TLC, the pup will love you back with unconditional love!!!

    • Chungah says

      Thank you! We are thinking about adopting another corgi soon. Hopefully, a tri-colored corgi this time.

      As for the recipe, I hope you will give it a try. It’s one of our favorites!

  55. Cristina says

    Just came across this recipie….looks delicious…….but the Corgi! OMG!!! I have a corgi named Otto, they are just the cutest puppies and the best dogs ever! Enjoy your pup

  56. Andrea says

    This looks really yummy! Do you know if it will freeze well? I would love to make as a freezer meal for a new mommy that I know.

  57. says

    Loved this recipe! Made it tonight since my daughter had soccer practice it was quick and easy. Made a little more so I could have some left over and also added some spinach to it…always trying to add (sneak) some greens in when I can! Thanks!

  58. Bria says

    First I would like to say how happy I am to have found your website. I have made a few of your dishes and I could not be more impressed. My husband and I have three kiddos and many of your dishes are not very time consuming, which helps out around my house. :) I do have a question….Do you think it would make much of a difference if I were to use vegetable stock instead of the chicken broth? I was planning on making this for dinner this evening but for some reason I purchased vegetable stock instead of the chicken broth.

  59. Stephanie says

    I absolutely love your comfort food recipes. I am currently living in Seoul and sometimes all it takes to cure homesickness is one delicious meal. A lot of your recipes include things I can easily find here in Korea. Thank you for that.
    This chili-mac recipe is an absolute must when the weather turns to fall and thoughts of family on the other side of the world come to mind. :)

    Have you ever made the recipe with black beans or chili beans instead of the white beans? Any thoughts on that?



    • Chungah says

      You are very welcome! I actually haven’t tried this recipe with other beans but I’m sure it would be a great substitute!

  60. Jeanette says

    I make this meal at least twice a month. The whole family absolutely loves it! Thank you so much. It’s so hard to make them all happy.

  61. Jenny Coutts says

    Made this tonight for my family. Its cold, raining & everyones catchin a cold bug. I wanted something healthy, satisfying, tasty & quick. I added 1/4 cup of leftover corn (my daughter loves corn). The canned beans held about 1 cup & I like lots of beans in chili so I went ahead & used the full cans worth Of drained & rinsed beans (didn’t want 1/4 cup of each left over). I served it with a dollop of sour cream & a pinch of extra shredded cheddar on top. I might add a third clove of garlic & a tiny bit of red pepper flakes next time. This is a great recipe that’s forgiving of mild tinkerings.

  62. Serena says

    This recipe looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it! I’m just curious on what size your Dutch oven is? Thanks!

  63. says

    This stuff is the BOMB!! I just made it and yes I used a whole package of hamburger, all of the cans of beans and extra chili powder and cumin. It was great, I can’t wait to make it again!! Thank you for sharing!

    • Chungah says

      Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! I recommend using your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

  64. Anna says

    I’ve made this twice now. The first time was to recipe and it was great! This last time I changed it a little. I didn’t drain the beef and added 2 tablespoons of flour to the beef/garlic/onions and let it cook out a bit. I used beef broth because I had it on hand. Before adding the cheese, I melted 2tbs of butter into it and added 1/4 cup of milk. Then I melted melted most of the cheese into the sauce.

    Thanks for an awesome and flexible recipe. And Butters is adorable. Corgis are my favorite. ♥

  65. Sabrina says

    I just made this recipe! It is AMAZING!!! I did sauté bell peppers with the onions (because I love bell peppers) and substituted cilantro for the parsley (because I love ciltrano). Followed all of the instructions and it turned out sooo good! Thanks for posting the recipe! :)

  66. Michelle says

    This is the 2nd time I made this! I use whole can of beans and ground turkey, this time I used cilantro instead of parsley! LOVE IT! So did my husband and teenage boy! Quick, simple, cheap!

  67. Mellissa Simmons says

    This looks delish! Definitely going to try it out! I work for Le Creuset and I’m so glad you are enjoying and using your cute, cherry red, cast iron pot! :) Hate to brag, but our cookware really IS the best! 😉 If you haven’t tried out our braiser yet, it’s one of my other favorite pieces…love it! Happy cooking, and thanks for sharing your one pot recipe!

  68. Judy says

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was GREAT! My husband, son, and I loved it. It was very easy to make and was very filling. I will be making this again.

  69. lydia says

    We are going to try this dish, probably next weekend during the cold cold weather. Love your puppy. We also have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, he is a little over 8 years old, they are the best dog in the world, even with age. Can’t wait for this dish. Thanks you!!!

    • Chungah says

      Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! I recommend using your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

  70. says

    Made this tonight for dinner. Oh. Em. Geeeeeeeeeeeeee! Tasted fantastic. Very good comfort food, and perfect for the colder weather, although San Diego is still 70 degrees……but very, very tasty.

  71. Lauren says

    My whole family loved it (me, husband, my mom, and three-year-old twins)! I used the whole pound of ground beef (drained), the full can of beans, a little extra broth, and added some chipotle chili pepper because we like a little spice. So good! Thank you for sharing!

  72. Vicki says

    I made thisvtonight and it was awesome! I made only a few changes and only to adjust amounts. I used two full cans of beans, a full lb of pasta (elbows) and inc the stockk by about 1 cup. I also used 2 cups of white cheddar cheese. It came out perfect! We all loved it and we all will love the leftovers I’m sure. I also adjustef the spices as i thought appropriate. Thanks for the great recipe! It truly is a one pot meal! Perfection in a pot!

  73. Sharanda says

    I found this recipe on Pinterest, and I’m glad I did…it’s yummy AND super easy! One pot, less clean up. *WooHoo* I shared it on Facebook. We’re due to have a cold week here in SC, so I made some to keep our bellies warm. Thanks so much for sharing! (Your dog is so cute! We had a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Jack {RIP}. He was the best! Absolutely loved–and protected–my son.)

  74. katie says

    I made this last night, it was great! The family loved it!! I cooked the meat, and cooked the noodles to al dente and put everything in the crock pot on low for about an hour, then turned it to warm while we were at the gym (another hour), but next time I will be just putting the noodles in uncooked and probably put the crock pot on high. The noodles ended up being a little soft. I also added extra chili powder cause we love a strong chili! This was such a good chili!!! Thank you, Chungah!!!

  75. Annabell says

    WOW!!! I made this for our family and it was really great!! We had some left in the pot and my older son came home from work and finished the rest off. Delicious!!

  76. Theresa says

    Thanks for the great recipe! I just made it, and it was yummy! I do have a few questions, though. First, is it a small or medium onion? Second, do you measure your ounces on the net weight of the package or ounces to cups ratios? Why not say 1 & 1/4 C instead of 10 oz.? Why not 1 C instead of 8 oz. of ground beef? And lastly, do you use regular or large elbow? Thanks in advance for all the clarification. I think I may have added a little too much mac, but regardless, it was fantastic! :))

    • Chungah says

      Theresa, you can use either a small or medium or large onion – that really depends on personal preference. I also like to give out the weight of certain ingredients because it’s not like you can go to a meat counter and ask for 1 cup. You can also use regular or large elbow – again, that’s up to you!

  77. Rhonda P. says

    This looks AMAZING! I bought the stuff and was just about to make it when I realized…should the garlic be diced, chopped, minced, whatever? Or do I just put the cloves in whole?

  78. Gabrielle Tyson says

    I made this for dinner tonight, and wow!!! This recipe was amazing. The only thing I did different was use beef instead of chicken broth. It’s great to find such a simple recipe that is still full of flavor. This was comfort food at its finest. Thank you!

  79. Rachel says

    This was amazing! I left out the meat because I’m a vegetarian and used gluten free noodles
    I didn’t have both types of kidney beans in the closet so I just used black and kidney beans and added more because I left the meat out. I also added a small can of corn and instead of parsley I topped it with avacado.
    It was just wonderful!

  80. Julie says

    This meal is packed with protein and perfect for a cold evening. I love that cooking it in one pot keeps it hot for a long time. I have braces which forces me to eat slowly, but this stayed warm the whole time and was easy to eat. We probably used more than twice the recommended amount of cheese and it still turned out great. Would it hurt to use a whole pound of beef next time without adjusting the amount of chicken broth? I’m assuming only half a pound is used to keep it healthier.

    • Chungah says

      The recipe really only needs half a pound but if you do decide to add more, the amount of chicken broth will have to be adjusted to compensate for the addition.

  81. Tesia says

    Is ok to make in a crockpot? And I need to make it for at least 10 people any suggestions on how to adjust for a larger group.

    • Chungah says

      Please understand that it is very difficult to give exact conversion information to translate a traditional stovetop recipe to the slow cooker method without further recipe testing. I recommend using your best judgement to convert this recipe to utilize a slow cooker. Also, this recipe yields about 4-5 servings so please make the adjustments accordingly.

  82. Cindy J says

    Just made this for dinner. Delish!!!
    I made a few additions .
    I added more chicken broth, 1 can tomato sauce and 2 tsp of tomato paste.
    My version probably tasted more like a hearty soup rather than chili but yummy none the less!!

  83. Sam says

    This was so good! I mashed some of the beans to make it a little thicker and also added extra chili powder and a little cinnamon for extra flavor. Will definitely make it again.

    • Chungah says

      Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! I recommend using your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

  84. Malia says

    My after 20 years of wanting a Ceramic Dutch Oven, I bought one it will arrive 1/16/15. After searching all day for the perfect recipe. I have chosen this one and I’m so excited!
    Wish me luck…..

  85. Tia says

    I just found your website, and I’m already obsessed!! This recipe looks really amazing, and not too complicated, which are two important things in my book. And you have a corgi! I’m jealous, they’re seriously the cutest dogs in the world.

  86. Amanda Bracken says

    Just found this on Pinterest, had to make it right away it looked so delicious, came out absolutely amazing!

  87. Lindsay C says

    I’m relatively new to your blog and am so happy to have found it! This recipe was delicious, flavorful, and warm – perfect for this cold winter! Can’t wait to make it again!

  88. Kristy says

    Does the ground beef in this recipe account for a lot of the saturated fat? I’m trying to lower the amount of saturated fat in my recipes, but this looks so d* delicious!!!!!!! I have extra lean ground turkey meat I could substitute it for. Just trying to figure out where it all the saturated fat is from in the nutritional count. Thank you for all your delicious recipes!!!

  89. jw says

    Made this last night, and it was a hit! Didn’t put beans in, for two reasons. One, a picky eater who won’t eat anything with beans in it, and two, the canned beans (and tomatoes) have a lot of sodium. Our picky eater spends a lot of time at his dad’s house, so we will probably do this one with freshly cooked beans in the near future. It came out beautifully even without them though! Thanks!

    • Chungah says

      Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot advise an appropriate substitute that will not alter the overall taste/texture of the dish. Using a substitution may also result in a mediocre outcome. But if a substitution must be made, please use your best judgment.

  90. Sara says

    I made this tonight, with ground turkey, whole wheat pasta, & low fat cheese. Absolutely delicious! Toddler & husband approved.

  91. Rose says

    you show 2 kinds of kidney beans. white and “red” I assume?
    Looks yummy. will definitely make. thanks for sharing!

    • Chungah says

      Yes! The recipe calls for 3/4 cup canned white kidney beans, drained and rinsed and 3/4 cup canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed.

  92. Tina says

    I followed the recipe which looks soupy but the pasta soaked up most of the broth. I added more but it soaked up most of that too. It had good flavor but wished it could be soupy. Also it says it serves 4 but it my pot is full, I would guess 10 servings at least.

    • Chungah says

      Tina, unfortunately I’m not entirely sure what went wrong as there is quite a bit of liquid to go around. Perhaps you added too much pasta? Also, this recipe should be sufficient to serve 4-6, unless you have 10 very small eaters!

  93. Wendy says

    Is this kind of like a soup? I love all the ingredients, but am wondering if I could modify it to be more like a casserole instead of a soup? Would I just add less chicken broth?

    • Chungah says

      Yes, it is more like a thick soup rather than a casserole. Please feel free to reduce the amount of liquid as needed to suit your preferences.

  94. Karen says

    I made this the other night and it was super good! My hubs is a bit of a carnivore, and is not crazy about tomatoes, so I increased the ground beef a little and used a smaller can of Rotel tomatoes. We had the leftover for lunch today – delish!

  95. Marianne says

    looks deliciious. Can you possibly guide me how to make this in a crockpot? The chili mac cheese. Thx. Also Butters is too cute

  96. Stephanie says

    I tried this tonight. I found it lacked in flavor. Maybe I’m just used to more flavorfull food, but it was very bland to me. Maybe I did something wrong, although I followed the measurements and directions perfectly (except the beans, added 1 can of each). Maybe next time I’ll buy flavored tomatoes instead of just plain diced tomatoes.

    • Chungah says

      Stephanie, I’m sorry that this recipe did not turn out the way you had imagined. I only post recipes that have been successfully tested in my own kitchen, and as you can see from the comments here, many of these readers have had great outcomes in the final dish as well. Did you make any kind of substitutions here? Also, did you season with salt and pepper, to taste? It’s amazing how much of a difference a little bit of seasoning makes!

  97. Joy says

    Not many ingredients and so very easy to prepare. My husband and I just had to have seconds…it’s so delicious. Because we’re nesters and had enough for leftovers (darn!) I topped our servings with shredded cheese instead of adding the cheese to the pot. Wasn’t quite sure how the cheese would hold up. Beans/pasta ratio was fine for us….will add extra chili powder/cumin next time.

  98. Kate says

    1. i forgot to buy an onion, but have a bunch of shallots. Do u think I could use those, and would you omit garlic then if so?

    2. We have a busy night where we have to eat in 2 shifts. Do u think I could make it now and then reheat it, or even later individually microwave their own serving with cheese?


    • Chungah says

      Yes, shallots should work just fine. As for the garlic, that’s really up to you! This recipe also reheats beautifully.

      • Kate says

        You are right, if anyone else has the same question… I just packed it for my daughter’s lunch (by request!) and it looked even better the second day! Thanks!!

  99. Sandy says

    This is very good, easy to make and can be adjusted to your tastes. I use less beans and more ground beef, plus a little more cumin and chili powder. So good :)

  100. CDoubleday says

    I’ve tried three of your recipes, this one being the third and which I made last night.. Each one has knocked it out of the park. I am so happy to have stumbled across your food blog. Wishing you a wonderful day!

  101. Anna says

    I’m from Brazil and I can’t find those beans here. Can I replace it for something else? Can I just do without it?

    • Chungah says

      Anna, the beans are one of the main ingredients of this dish so I do not recommend omitting it completely. Do you have access to any other types of beans in Brazil?

  102. says

    This was so easy and so yummy! I actually stirred the cheese in instead of sprinkling it on top. It’s good and hearty and great with corn muffins.

  103. Rebecca says

    This recipe looks really delicious and easy to make on busy work nights ! I’m a vegetarian and will alter this recipe to replace the ground beef and add Quorn meatless & soy free grounds and use vegan cheese. I love all your one pot meals and I so thank you for all the effort you have put forth with all your recipes!!!

  104. Kathy Moss says

    Made this today and loved how easy to make, loved how quick the recipe was made and really loved the taste!

  105. erin says

    This is a great one pot meal! Next time I would add a bunch more salt and pepper, and will definitely double the tomatoes and up the spices a bit.

  106. Brittney says

    I love One Pot Meals! I make this for my family at least once a month and they love it. I double the portions so we’ll have some for lunch the next day. I also use ground turkey instead of beef and I add about a cup of cheese directly to the pot just before the pasta is done. I think the fact that everything sticks together with the cheese helps to hide the beans from my kids! They won’t eat them if they find them!! This recipe is very tasty. Thanks for the recipes!

  107. Heather says

    Thank you so much for this recipe, I love it! So easy and yummy! We have tweaked it some to make it a tad bit healthier: whole wheat pasta, kidney beans, black beans, ground turkey and add a little corn! The addition of corn has made me want to play with making a Tex-Mex version! I have shared this recipe with all my friends!

  108. says

    We really love this recipe. I love that basically making the sauce with broth doubles for also cooking the pasta. That’s why this is such a wonderful recipe- it multitasks and saves so much time. Plus cooking it this way makes it so much richer and more delicious. I’d also like to say that it’s just such an easy recipe in terms of saving time. While you are doing one part you can be preparing for another part.

    Also we often make substitutions. We’ve done this recipe with ground turkey and vegan substitutes depending on how we feel or our guest’s dietary restrictions. We’ve also used alternative pastas. No matter how we alter the recipe it always comes out great. I personally love that I can use canned goods for this. That means this is a great last minute recipe.

    Anyway, we love chili mac and this is basically the only way we make chili mac now. Couldn’t live without this must-have recipe in our arsenal of favorites. You have no idea how much it enriches our lives to have dependable recipes we enjoy that can be healthy as well. We are so grateful to you for sharing!

  109. Marianne says

    The beauty of recipes like this is they are easily tweaked to your liking. While I thought it was pretty tasty, if I were to make this again, I would double the meat, increase the beans, and most of all, I’d cut the elbows in half. I cut it back to 8 oz., but it was still too much. All the other ingredients kind of got lost in all that pasta. I felt it could use more cheese – this recipe makes quite a lot. Also, IMO, 13 to 15 minutes is too long, unless you like mushy pasta. I turned off the heat after 10 minutes and let it sit for a few more..

  110. Candice Anglin says

    Would this be good to cook at home then freeze and then re cook over a camp fire for camping? Just wondering?

    • Chungah says

      Unfortunately, without having tried this myself, I cannot say with certainty. Please use your best judgment.

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