Chili Mac & Cheese Recipe
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Chili Mac & Cheese Recipe

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This Mexican/Southwestern casserole of comfort food is high on taste and low on the scale of difficulty—a delicious combination. —Mary Aguilar, Shelby, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 packages (7-1/4 ounces each) macaroni and cheese dinner mix
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 631 calories, 35g fat (17g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 1286mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 35g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Set aside cheese packets from dinner mixes. In a large saucepan, bring 2 quarts water to a boil. Add macaroni; cook 8-10 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook and stir beef and onion over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomatoes, tomatoes and green chilies, tomato sauce and seasonings. Drain macaroni; add to beef mixture. Stir in contents of cheese packets, sour cream and 1 cup cheese.
  3. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; top with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Chili Mac & Cheese in Taste of Home August/September 2012, p65

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Mamacheese2004 User ID: 2528734 259806
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2017

"This is a wonderful way to use boxed mac & cheese to create a very budget friendly dinner the kids just love! My kids gobbled this up, and didn't complain about having left overs the next day. So it reheats pretty well. This is tasty, kid friendly, and cheap. I give it 4 out of 5 stars only because it's not the most nutritious meal. Tons of calories and fat, not to mention high in sodium. But for a once in awhile "I'm in a pinch" kind of dinner, it's perfect!"

amehart User ID: 1464390 259553
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2017

"Excellent meal! I halved the recipe for just the two of us, and have plenty for another meal. My husband is thrilled. I added some fresh diced jalapeno because we love spicy, and a few crushed chips on the top, but other than that I made as the recipe stated. quick to put together and so delicious!"

[email protected] User ID: 7040418 248230
Reviewed May. 14, 2016

"this makes a TON of food - you can parcel it out and take to lunch for a week. comfort food carbs and protein"

slbear User ID: 8188708 233465
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2015

"Great recipe. Had all the kids and grandkids over and it was a hit with all. The recipe is a keeper."

pabs User ID: 157506 232575
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2015

"This really just did not do this for us!"

akemmerl9 User ID: 8091698 222427
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2015

"Fantastic and super easy!"

melijoc User ID: 5427341 188289
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014


Robinx7 User ID: 6775269 152177
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"This was so easy to make and every time i have friends over for this dinner i have to make extra so they can take some home!This is a keeper for sure!!!"

Miki1969 User ID: 7146523 152176
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"I made this while watching my friends daughter. everyone liked it so much, my friends daughter had 3 helpings. I sent some home with her, and they finished it off the next day. very easy, too."

Medic 716 User ID: 4089259 197437
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"Simple,easy and delicious!"

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