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Meatless Chili Mac Recipe

Meatless Chili Mac Recipe

“I came across this recipe in a newspaper years ago and it’s been a real hit at our house ever since,“ recalls Cindy Ragan from North Huntington, Pennsylvania. “It’s fast and flavorful and appeals to all ages.“
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (16 ounces) mild chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, saute onion and green pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the water, macaroni, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, salt and cumin.
  • 2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups equals 214 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 857 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 10 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

Reviews for Meatless Chili Mac

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Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"This recipe is quick, inexpensive, tasty, and can be made from pantry staples. It's in my personal recipe hall of fame! It is great over a baked potato or tortilla chips with the sour cream accompaniment. To lower the carb count, I use whole-wheat macaroni, and to lower the sodium, I use low-sodium tomatoes, sauce, and chili powder."

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2012

"This is delicious! It smelled so good that we completely forgot about the sour cream! My husband doesn't like spicy food and this has just enough bite for the flavor to linger but does not sting.

I used all "no salt added" ingredients and then added the tsp of salt it called for. That was perfect -- not too salty, not lacking salt, and it won't make me gain 3 pounds overnight! We will definitely be making this again and again!"

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"Love it, It really fills you for low calories"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"Definately add the sour cream. That's what helps make this meal delicious. The whole family loved it and no leftovers!"

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"This recipe was okay, but nothing special. It was lacking flavor and I added a healthy dose of sriracha to amp up the heat level."

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"If you are looking for a really good vegetarian recipe that will please everyone, this is the recipe to make!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"This is a great dish and easy to fix. I have made this several times now and everyone who trys it likes it. If you have a vegan in the family it is appreciated by them. Ed (77 year old cook)"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"Hearty and filling. Every family member loved it (how often does that happen?). Easy, fast and great for a cold day! Give it a try."

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"Another of my family's favorites. Use diced tomatoes with green chilies and a little bit of cayenne to add some more kick."

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2010

"My husband and I loved this! He is a big meat eater and couldn't believe how good this tasted without meat. I can't wait to make it again!"

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2010

"This was good but not spectacular. My one year old really liked it!"

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"This is such a great recipe. One that I will make over and over again. I've made it twice once with mild chili beans but the first time when I used southwest beans was my favorite. Quick to make and so delicious."

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"I wasn't able to purchase chili beans or the northern beans. I substituted with red kidney beans and navy beans. The dish was mushy and didn't have much flavour. Maybe the results would have been different if I had been able to get the correct ingredients. More salt was needed for flavour.

Lorie Ligi Canada"

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2009

"Excellent and so easy to prepare. Don't be scared by the level of spice - it isn't too spicy at all. Do watch the pot as it as cooking as my batch tended to stick a little but nothing the occasional stir couldn't fix. My husband (vegetarian) and I (not so much) both loved this - a very satisfying and healthy meal! Thank you."

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"I am 72 yrs old. My made this recipe when I was 5yrs old. We called it goulash."

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2009

"This is one of my favorite recipes, I make it all the time. Thank you so much for posting."

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