Chili Mac Casserole Recipe
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Chili Mac Casserole Recipe

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This nicely spiced entree uses several of my family's favorite ingredients, including macaroni, kidney beans, tomatoes and cheese. Just add a green salad for a complete meal. —Marlene Wilson of Rolla, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 343 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 812mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 6g fiber), 32g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 3 lean meat 1 fat


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, chilies and seasonings. Drain macaroni; add to beef mixture.
  2. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5-8 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Chili Mac Casserole in Light & Tasty August/September 2001, p31

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Reviewed May. 30, 2015

"I have to say this dish is amazing, tasty, love it. Been cooking a long time, but this has a wonderful kick."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2015

"Easy to fix and such good flavors...will make again."

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"Good flavor. I cut the recipe in half because I didn't have enough on hand to make the full amount. I substituted the elbow macaroni with whole grain penne and black beans for the kidney beans. Unfortunately I did not have the green chiles either, but it all turned out good anyways. Probably would have been 5 star if I made it as the recipe stated. Will make again."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"This has become a family favorite!!!"

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2012

"Very good recipe, easy to through together. I completely forgot to add the green chilies I don't think I would have liked them anyway. Next time I will add Del Monte Fiesta Corn to the dish! My husband and I really enjoyed this."

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