Chili Mac Recipe
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Chili Mac Recipe

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This recipe has regularly appeared on my family menus for more than 40 years, and it's never failed to please at potlucks and bring-a-dish gatherings. Sometimes I turn it into soup by adding a can of beef broth. —Marie Posavec, Berwyn, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean), cooked and drained
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) hot chili beans, undrained
  • 2 large green peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili seasoning mix
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package (7 ounces) elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 348 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 713mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 12g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 lean meat.


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until heated through. Stir in macaroni. Season with salt and pepper. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Chili Mac in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p61

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mehalv User ID: 4612167 258005
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2016

"I was disappointed with this recipe. I found it bland and felt it "needed something.""

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 255846
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2016

"It was OK. I added extra seasoning, but still needed a lot more. It was a little bland."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 255127
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2016

"Awesome recipe!

- Theresa"

FawnC79 User ID: 8438907 252947
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2016

"Made a double batch, added some extra chili powder, and red pepper flakes for a kick. It came out great! Keeping this as a go to recipe for sure! Next time I might add a can of Rotel tomatoes with jalapenos as well.

For people looking for the hot beans, check near the baked beans. Target sells a medium chili bean that I bought, which is why I added red pepper flakes."

sstetzel User ID: 158954 252772
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2016

"Psalm127-3 you'll find chili beans with the canned beans, they have seasoning added to them I know Bushes has a variety, Goya might too. Sometimes they're in with the canned baked beans as well.

Hope that helps,
Sue Stetzel
Taste of Home Magazine"

Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 252745
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2016

"the proof is in the pudding bob36

so post yours then.....
original poster: can you please help me with what canned hot chili beans are? is there a brand I should look for in my supermarket please. thank you"

bob36 User ID: 8705533 252726
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2016

"This recipe for chili

mac stinks. my recipe for chili mac is 10 times better then this"

HomeChefColleen User ID: 7305751 252193
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

"Loved this! So full of flavour with thick, chunky veggies. And it made a lot! Definite make again recipe!"

childbook User ID: 7873845 248250
Reviewed May. 15, 2016

"my husband and I did not care for it-very disappointing"

wmccallum User ID: 4850304 221737
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"Ok, we didn't care for it much."

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