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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FawnC79 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 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 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 252726
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2016

"This recipe for chili

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

HomeChefColleen 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 248250
Reviewed May. 15, 2016

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

wmccallum 221737
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

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

dawnmossey71 33708
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

"I realy loved this one, it had just the right amount of heat, and I love spicey food"

Angel182009 28935
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

"This was so easy to put together and I loved how it cooks in the slow cooker. I ate mine with a big of hot sauce dashed in it."

aicenhour 43480
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"My family loves this easy supper. We dont like it too hot so I put red kidney beans in it. Also, I put diced tomatoes with chilies in it. I use wheat noodles instead of white to make it a little healthier. Serve with cheddar cheese, sour cream and maybe a sandwich! Great way to warm up on a cold day!"

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