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Chili Macaroni Recipe
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Chili Macaroni Recipe

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Classic, cold-weather comfort food, this chunky combination of tender beans, ground beef, tomatoes and macaroni will appeal to all ages. Our thanks to Phoebe Rech of David City, Nebraska for her tried-and-treasured recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/3 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/3 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup tomato juice
  • 3/4 cup canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

Nutritional Facts

1-3/4 cups equals 314 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 974 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 24 g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Add the tomatoes, tomato juice, beans, garlic, chili powder, salt, oregano and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  3. Drain macaroni; add to beef mixture. Stir in pickle relish; heat through. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Chili Macaroni in Cooking for 2 Winter 2008, p59

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Reviewed Dec. 7, 2012

"I did like this meal and my boyfriend commented saying it was very good. Unfortunately I spaced on measuring out the beans and I just put the whole can in after I drained them (oops!) I used chili beans instead since that was what I had and I think it tasted fine with them. Next time I'll remember to measure out the beans since I didn't get to enjoy the macaroni as much. Any suggestions on things to add to kick up the flavor?"

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"It was very bland... I put some of my Tastefully Simple Wahoo Chili mix in it and it was better but I wont make again with just this recipe. Also I topped with cheese :)"

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"This was a hearty meal that was quick to put together. I had to more than double the recipe to feed my family. I don't know that I would always add the relish as it had more of the flavor of sloppy joe than chili. Still, it was a nice change from traditional chili."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"I cooked the macaroni in beef stock rather than water; a lot more flavor. Also used V-8 juice, didn't have tomato, came out fine. Also, use a little more garlic (my husband likes garlic a lot."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"My mom used to make this and she called it "Slum Gullen". I have made it for years and the family always loved it. We use chilli seasoning, a can of sweet corn and dont drain the beans. Very affordable meal."

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