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loaded chili mac and cheese in a white bowl

Loaded Chili Mac and Cheese

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 297kcal
Incredibly delicious and comforting Chili Mac and Cheese-- perfect for busy weeknights!
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces lean ground beef 90/10 fat ratio
  • 10 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup canned white kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup canned kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheese I chose Cheddar jack
  • Sour cream and green onions for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Heat garlic, onion and ground beef in a large skillet. You don't need to add any oil, since the meat will have some natural fats of its own. Cook until the meat is browned, about 3-5 minutes, crumbling as you cook.
  • Once the beef is cooked, drain the excess fat. Add beef mixture, chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, chili powder and brown sugar to a pot and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Bring to a simmer and stir in the macaroni. Return to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through. It should take about 13-15 minutes for the pasta to fully cook.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in cheese and stir until well combined. The cheese should melt into the mixture.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with sour cream and green onion. Enjoy!

Notes

Becky's Tips

  • Make sure to drain any excess fat after browning the beef, so the dish isn't greasy.
  • You can add as much chili powder as you like and can even add in extras such as cayenne pepper or paprika for a spicy kick.
  • Grated sharp Cheddar cheese will give you the best flavor!
  • Although I love elbow macaroni for classic mac and cheese, you can use any short pasta shape for this.
  • Top with sour cream and green onions for a classic chili taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 714mg | Potassium: 534mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 353IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 3mg