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Chili Mac and Cheese

Chili Mac and Cheese is a blend of two beloved comfort foods, chili and macaroni and cheese. Best of all, it's made in one pot so it's easy!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 491
Author: Lucy Brewer


  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15 oz. can beef consomme
  • 1/2 bottle dark beer, such as Abita or Newcastle brown ale
  • 1 can chopped green chilis
  • 2 cups elbow noodles, uncooked
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ground chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups grated Cheddar cheese, divided


  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • In a large Dutch oven, brown the ground beef. While the beef is browning, chop the onions, green pepper, and garlic. Add the chopped vegetables to the meat and cook until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Drain meat/vegetable mixture if you have excess grease.
  • Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beef consomme, beer, and green chilis and stir to blend. Stir in pasta and then stir in seasonings: cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Cook until pasta is al dente, 10-12 minutes.
  • Stir in one cup of cheese until mostly melted. Remove from stove and sprinkle remaining two cups of cheese over the top, then place pot in oven for about 5 minutes, until cheese is melted and lightly browned. 


**If you don't want to mess with the oven, you can simply place the lid on the pot and allow the heat to melt the cheese.