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Chili Beef Pasta Recipe

Chili Beef Pasta Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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: 2 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

Reviews for Chili Beef Pasta

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Mamacheese2004 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 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 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 223435
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

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

treacher 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 217542
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

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

homemadewithlove 125551
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

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

Cook_aholic 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 189205
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

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

mkfrazier 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."

Beema 198052
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"This type of meal is always a favorite around my house. I used V8 Hot & Spicy instead of tomato juice, and I added a can of dark red kidney beans, and a bit of cumin... Yum."

lkennelly 195590
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"This is definitely a crowd pleaser. 7 of my 12 grandchildren sat down to the table and they all loved it. I might use the Hot Mexican chili powder the next time if I'll have more adults sitting at the table. But this was perfect for EVERYONE and it's not often that I can get them all to agree on a single meal. Thank YOU!"

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