Hearty Chili Mac Recipe
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Hearty Chili Mac Recipe

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Luckily, this recipe makes a lot, since everyone is apt to want another bowl. It freezes well and makes excellent leftovers-if there is any left. Not that I'm a retired farm wife, I enjoy traveling and volunteering. —Fannie Wehmas, Saxon, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:10-12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (46 ounces) tomato juice
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 217 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 809 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 18 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato juice, tomatoes, celery, brown sugar, chili powder, salt, mustard and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the beans and macaroni; simmer 15-20 minutes longer or until macaroni is tender. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Chili Mac in Country Woman September/October 2003, p31

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Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"I get people asking me to make this all the time, great chili, not spicy. A few adjustments I make: I don't brown the beef and onions together, I drain before adding the onions and brown a little more for 5 mins, to save the onion juices. The best onion to use is the biggest Vidalia onion you can find, or two medium sweet yellows if those are not available. I use vegetable juice instead of tomato juice. I put in a whole tablespoon of salt. I use one can of light red kidney beans, and one can of dark red kidney beans, as it gives it a nice presentation. I use a whole cup of macaroni as well."

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"Because I didn?t add the beans, I increased the noodles to one cup (112 g.), it still wasn?t thick enough for a Chili Mac, but it was perfect for a new twist on chili! I may make this for my chili cook off this year adding a couple cans of green chilies. Increase the noodles for a hearty chili mac. I will make this again and again."

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"I've made this recipe a few times and we really enjoy it. I also increase the amount of macaroni I put in it as it makes it heartier."

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"This was pretty good. I would make it again."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"Ran across this recipe and it sounded so good...and it was! Simple to prepare and such great flavors! I did use 1 cup of macaroni instead of 1/2 cup...my hubby told me it was a "keeper"!"

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