One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is an easy dinner recipe that combines two all time comfort food favorites, mac and cheese and chili. This one pot recipe is filled with cheesy saucy goodness, and yes, it's made in just one pot! Kids, and grownups, will love when this tasty chili mac and cheese recipe is on the menu!
One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese
When days are crazy busy and you still have to get dinner on the table, it's time for a one pot recipe! I just love cooking everything in one skillet, including the pasta!
One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is filled with cheesy saucy goodness and, yep you read that right, it's all made in just one pot!
Brown up the ground beef for chili, add the uncooked pasta along with diced tomatoes and broth to the same skillet and let it cook for just minutes.
Don't forget to stir in cheese at the end for the saucy cheesy goodness! And don't forget to call me when you make this because I'll come right over!
My grandchildren loved this recipe. My sweet granddaughter Brenda was eating a bowlful and told her mom Sydney "Mmmmmm this is delicious. GG should be a chef" to which Sydney replied "She already is".
Brenda's response? "Well I meant if she wasn't already then she should be!" Five year olds say the cutest things.
Our easy chili mac skillet recipe will have your family saying you should be a chef too! One pot chili bursting with sauce, cheese and lots of pasta will have everyone thinking you should change careers pronto!
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- Make with ground turkey or ground chicken
- Add more chili powder for added heat
- Serve with your favorite toppings, such as sour cream, sliced scallion and sliced jalapeno
- Garnish with cilantro in place of the parsley
Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- ground beef
- chili powder
- ground cumin
- kosher salt
- chicken or beef broth
- shell pasta
- diced tomatoes
- tomato sauce
- cheddar cheese
Looking to cook up a ground beef chili recipe where the rice cooks together with the chili in the same pot? Then you'll want to give our One Pot Chili with Rice recipe a try too!
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One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese
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- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 Tbs. chili powder
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 2 1/2 cups beef broth or chicken broth
- 8 ounces shell pasta
- 1 (14.5 ounces ) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (8 ounces) can tomato sauce
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 Tbs. chopped parsley
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- Cook ground beef, onion, chili powder, cumin, paprika and salt in large skillet with deep side until beef is browned.
- Add broth, pasta, diced tomatoes with their juices and tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Cook 12 minutes or until pasta is al dente.
- Reduce heat to medium and add 1 1/2 cups cheese, stirring until cheese is melted and a sauce has formed.
- Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and chopped parsley.
First Published: March 22, 2018... Last Updated: October 13, 2020
Delicious, comforting and so easy!
Thank you so much for your kind words Jenna! It makes me so happy to hear that you love my recipe! Savor the moment, Gwynn