Chili Mac

This chili mac recipe is simple to prepare and makes a great weeknight meal that even picky kids will love!
My secret ingredient chili mac is quickly becoming a family favorite!

I know, I know.

It’s May. And I’m sharing a chili recipe.

You guys, I’m actually laying on a beach right now and dreaming about this Chili Mac. I don’t care how hot it is, I don’t care what time of year it is, I don’t care about grilling season or soup season or any of that other nonsense.

My secret ingredient chili mac is quickly becoming a family favorite!

This Chili Mac is quickly outdoing my Creamy Baked Spaghetti as our family’s favorite meal. We are eating it on the regular.

We used to live in a little town with a Steak ‘N Shake. They had steakburgers and milkshakes and chili mac. Their chili mac used spaghetti noodles, but I prefer macaroni. I mean, you guys, it’s called Chili Mac. Why mac if there are no macaroni noodles??

I hear Skyline also does the chili mac. Anyone know if they use spaghetti or macaroni?

My secret ingredient chili mac is quickly becoming a family favorite!

Anyway, the secret to this recipe is the bottled chili sauce. Do not skip it or this will just be a bowl of chili with noodles. The chili sauce does something magical and transforms this into something else entirely.

You can top this any way you like. I prefer diced onions, shredded cheese, and a little sour cream. My husband just goes for the cheese. My kids don’t put anything on theirs.

My secret ingredient chili mac is quickly becoming a family favorite!

Also, we don’t put beans in our chili, because none of us really like beans. If you’re a bean-eater, you can totally add them here. Ain’t no thang.

Oh, and don’t judge me for using the packets of chili seasoning. I love them and I’ll never give them up no matter what you say. Everytime I make chili, I get requests for the recipe and my response  is always “Follow the recipe back of the McCormick chili seasoning packet, but add a little brown sugar.” Bad food blogger!

My secret ingredient chili mac is quickly becoming a family favorite!

 

My secret ingredient chili mac is quickly becoming a family favorite!
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4.67 from 3 votes

Chili Mac

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Servings: 8 servings
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic recipes, easy dinner recipes, weeknight dinner recipes
Calories: 480 kcal

This chili mac recipe is simple to prepare and makes a great weeknight meal that even picky kids will love!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 packets chili seasoning or your own mix
  • 29 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 pound macaroni
  • 1/2 cup Heniz chili sauce
  • Grated cheese for topping
  • Diced onions for topping
  • Sour cream for topping

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, brown the ground beef. Drain the fat and add the chili seasoning, tomato sauce, and brown sugar.
  2. Stir to combine and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
  3. While the chili is simmering, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook according to package directions. Drain and set return to the pan.
  4. Pour the chili into the pan with the cooked macaroni. Add the chili sauce and stir to combine.
  5. Serve with cheese, onions, and sour cream.
Nutrition Facts
Chili Mac
Amount Per Serving
Calories 480 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 828mg 35%
Potassium 765mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 10g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 13.7%
Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 4.6%
Iron 20.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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