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
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 cup: 217 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 809mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 4g fiber), 18g 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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MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 264001
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2017

"We had this delicious recipe last night. Definitely a winner. I made a few adjustments. First, I halved the recipe for the two of us. I omitted the sugar as we don't like our chili sweet. I subbed vegetable juice as that was all I had on hand but next time I will use the tomato juice. However, it was delicious and we went back for seconds. I highly recommend this recipe.

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Naomi75Wes71Boddy User ID: 8305001 257741
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2016

"This is delicious! My husband devoured it! :) will most definitely make it again."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 252736
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2016

"Delicious! I used more pasta because that is what I prefer. Ground turkey works great. Onion not needed.

- Theresa"

dialate User ID: 8619797 237485
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."

mints98 User ID: 5585150 56356
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."

kayteequilter User ID: 4658414 60198
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."

slye10001000 User ID: 5787172 60195
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

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

anitatingley User ID: 3138528 132478
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 hubby told me it was a "keeper"!"

bowling208 User ID: 3715726 56355
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!"

twk114 User ID: 4063287 55588
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!"

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