Chili Beef Pasta Recipe
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Chili Beef Pasta Recipe

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Right after I got married, my aunt gave me her recipe for skillet spaghetti and told me it was ideal for a quick weeknight meal. Over the years I’ve tinkered with the ingredients and played with the seasonings to make it a healthier dish and one my family truly loves. —Kristen Killian, Depew, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 ounces uncooked whole wheat small pasta shell- or spiral-shaped pasta
  • Grape tomatoes and sliced jalapeno pepper, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups (calculated without tomatoes): 319 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 442mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 6g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in seasonings.
  2. Add tomato juice, water, tomato paste and sugar to pan; bring to a boil. Stir in pasta. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20-22 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. If desired, top with tomatoes and jalapeno slices. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Chili Beef Pasta in Simple & Delicious October/November 2013, p28

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Mamacheese2004 User ID: 2528734 249402
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2016

"This dish came out full of flavor and it's so easy. I especially love the fact that it's all cooked in one pot, making clean up a breeze. I don't measure pasta, I eye-ball it. So I probably added a little more pasta than what the recipe calls for, but in the end, it didn't come out soupy like some reviewers have said. It was perfect. I served it with dinner rolls. It got the stamp of approval from kids and hubby as well!"

chris28304 User ID: 2137086 245670
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2016

"Did I make the same recipe as everyone else? I couldn't even salvage this; it went straight down to the dumpster. This tasted like tomato juice soup with pasta and ground beef. I had used V-8 juice instead and added A LOT more spices and it still tasted like nothing but tomato juice."

Cooltruth User ID: 6049022 235650
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

"This is good, somewhat on the soupy side. I added more salt and granulated garlic for more flavor. It would've been OK even without the extra seasoning. Makes a good one pot meal which saves on dishes that have to be washed after supper. Thumbs up on that!"

woodkia User ID: 8305478 223435
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"This was wonderful, I just added some mushrooms!! GREAT!!"

treacher User ID: 8163541 219892
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2015

"Another great one pot recipe. I love one pot meals when it's been a busy day and your running behind. This one is so simply and great tasteing too."

unique11 User ID: 6573402 217542
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Used ground chicken this time. Added more seasoning along with a can of Bush hot chili beans"

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 125551
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"I also added extra seasoning and some mini pepperoni."

Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 198053
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"This recipe didn't have a lot of flavor to me and we have fairly bland things here because I have to cook for someone who can have very little sodium. I did leave out the salt and used tomatoes with no salt added for about everything that was a tomato product. However, I added Mrs. Dash original to replace the salt and I did add 3 or 4 drops of hot sauce. Truth is, the person who said earlier that it was just as easy to use their own leftover chili and add pasta is who I agree with."

Pwilkins6755 User ID: 7592900 189205
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"I added a little extra salt and fresh ground pepper. Everyone loved it! Thanks!"

mkfrazier User ID: 4922365 199712
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"I wanted this to be so good, but ultimately, it was only average in taste. I prefer my favorite chili recipe over this and I can always add pasta to that if I want it. It was easy to prepare, but just didn't pack much punch."

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