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5 from 2 votes

Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

Hearty, cheesy, and oh so delicious! This comforting one-pot chili mac and cheese is packed full of flavor and ready to go in just 30 minutes!!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 532kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 anaheim pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 4 cup chicken broth divided
  • 1/2 lb dried elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded, divided


  • Add olive oil to a Dutch-oven or large stock pot set over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add onion and pepper, cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the ground beef and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the chili powder, paprika, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper and continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes. Add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, and beans. Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  • Stir macaroni noodles and cover; simmer until the pasta is al dente, about 14-16 minutes. Meanwhile in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine the sour cream, milk and cream cheese. Whisk until smooth, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Pour into the large Dutch-oven or stock pot. Mix together until combined. Top with remaining cheese and cover with lid until melted, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.


-Try using smoked cheddar for even more flavor!!


Serving: 6g | Calories: 532kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1087mg | Potassium: 637mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 982IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 245mg | Iron: 3mg