One Skillet Chili Mac and Cheese


This One Skillet Chili Mac and Cheese is the perfect weeknight dinner when a little comfort food is what you’re looking for – and it’s pretty darn healthy! :)


Chili Mac is a great dinner the whole family can enjoy! Chili Mac is one of those dishes you can make so many different ways and I love that!

The flavor of this One Skillet Chili Mac can’t be beat. The best part is there’s are a lot of healthy ingredients in this dish such as extra lean ground beef, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, and green chilies. So many great flavors!

Then at the end I like to top it off with a little Chipotle Cheddar and let it melt in just a bit. One Skillet Chili Mac and Cheese is one great meal waiting to be served!


The Chipotle Cheddar is always so good, but feel free to use regular cheddar or any other cheese you prefer.

Personally, I like to add a 1/2 cup of shredded Chipotle Cheddar at the end, let that sort of melt in, stir to incorporate the cheese, then top with another 1/4 cup of Chipotle Cheddar immediately before serving.


So many great flavors going on you can’t go wrong with this one! Some days I like to add a finely chopped jalapeño just to kick it up even a little more!


When I make my chili mac I use a 10-inch skillet with deep sides. It turns out great! You could use a stock pot if you prefer. I cook everything in this one skillet, including the pasta.


One Skillet Chili Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:                                          2015-11-02-7516

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 small onion, chopped

1 pound lean ground beef, or ground turkey

4 cups chicken broth

1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

1 can (5.5ounce) Spicy Hot V-8

1 can (15 ounces) dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

2-3 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt, to taste

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

1/2 cup shredded Chipotle cheddar cheese + 1/4 cup

Fresh chopped parsley, or dried parsley


1. Heat olive oil in a large deep skillet over medium high heat. Add minced garlic, onion and ground beef, and cook until nicely browned. Drain excess fat.

2. Add the beans. tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, V-8 juice, and seasonings. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a simmer and stir in pasta. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 12-16 minutes.

3. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese; cover and let stand until cheese is melted. Gently stir in cheese to evenly disperse cheese throughout. Immediately before serving top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese, garnish with parsley if desired.

Makes 6 Servings 

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