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Hearty Chili Mac Recipe

Hearty Chili Mac Recipe

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 YIELD:10-12 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

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.

Reviews for Hearty Chili Mac

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MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

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

MY REVIEW
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"!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"Very good! I purchased vegetable juice instead of tomato juice by accident and it was still good! I followed other suggestions and added about 1 cup of macaroni and only 1 can on beans! We loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

"added garlic and more pasta. Next time will increase the chili powder a bit. My hubby and 3 kids (11,4 ad 2) all LOVED it! Prob will only add 1 can of beans next time also as the beans were a bit overkill for my personal taste!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2009

"I don't have a Dutch oven or large kettle--can this be prepared in a regular large pot? Or in the crockpot?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2008

"I used one can of Italian diced tomatoes, and it was perfect."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2008

"My boyfriend and I made this and it was really good! We had diced tomatoes w/ green chilies on hand, so we just used that, and we chose to add extra macaroni. We topped ours with a few cubes of velveta cheese and a dallop of sour cream for fun, but it was perfect by itself. I didn't even have to ask if it was a keeper, my boyfriend told me right away to add this to the "make again" list. Since this works so well as a dutch oven recipe, I can't wait to make this outside over a campfire. Thanks so much!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2008

"I made this for dinner and brought some in to work. Everyone raved about it. I did add a can of green chilies. It's a keep and will be used often this winter.

Scout312"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2008

"I made this for dinner but I halfed the recipe for my family of 5. Everyone loved it, even my 2 year old.My husband says "keep this recipe", so I guess he liked it alot."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2008

"made this last night and there were no leftovers. I increased the chili powder for a bit more kick and added crushed garlic plus garlic pwder. I also used half lean ground beef and half fat free ground turkey to lighten it up a bit. Very good recipe and a keeper for my household!"

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