Spicy Chili Mac Recipe
- 2 cups uncooked whole wheat elbow macaroni
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 to 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 1 to 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
- 2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
- 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook the turkey, onion and jalapenos in oil over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
- 2. Add the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper sauce and seasonings. Drain macaroni; stir into turkey mixture. Cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes or until heated through.
- 3. Sprinkle with cheese. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
1-1/2 cup: 396 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 581mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 9g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.
Reviews for Spicy Chili Mac
"This is one of our favorite chili recipes. I follow the recipe but use regular macaroni instead of the wheat. It is good with lean ground beef, too. Delicious! I highly recommend this recipe.Volunteer Field Editor"
"Similar to other recipes"
"My husband and I were very happy with this recipe. It was quick, easy, and I had all the ingredients on hand. Not to mention that it tasted great! I think the next time I make this I'm going to replace one of the jalape?os for a chipotle in adobo."
"I didn't add the jalapeno peppers as my family doesn't like a lot of heat so maybe that's why it tasted a little bland to us. Next time I would add a packet of chili seasoning to the meat to give the dish a little more flavor."
"Lots of heat and turns out perfect! I used the max for all of the ingredients and instead of ground turkey I used ground venison."
"Yummers! I used the lesser amounts of the seasonings and only 1 jalapeno. I also used ground beef and pasta shells. My husband sprinkled Greek seasoning over his portion and it was great. Will make again and try Greek seasoning in the entire recipe and the full amounts of all ingredients."
"I made a few substitutions, I use ground beef, regular macaroni, pinto beans instead of black beans and only used one jalapeno pepper, and it turned out pretty good. I also added 1 cup of cheese instead of 3/4 cup. Will make again."
"So good! We served with the Quick Avocado Tomato salad and it was a terrific meal.I made as directed, except used Ronzoni Smart Taste, instead of whole wheat. Since my kids were also eating this I only used the minimum recommended amounts (2 jalapenos, 2 tsp of chili powder and 1 TBS of (Franks) hot sauce); it was a perfect compromise on heat. We did dollop with light sour cream and liked it better with it than without. Also, the recipe did not specify, so I used 99% lean turkey and did not miss the fat."
"We used ground beef, used the hot sauce to taste, and only used the jalapeños as a garnish due to the heat. Everyone loved it and had multiple helpings."
"It was good. I made it with hamburger instead because I didn't have turkey."
"We loved this. The only change I made was I increased the cheese. It's delicious as it is though. Garnished with dollop of sour cream and some taco sauce. It was YUMMY. I will definitely be making this again. It is going in my printed recipe book of tried and true favorites. Thanks for sharing."
"I left out the spicy ingredients because of the kids, but it was still very good. Both my husband and one of my super finicky kids went back for seconds."
"Very tasty with a bit of a kick. Would definitely make this again."
"Fantastic! It's fairly quick to throw together. We were feeling the fire so we topped our chili mac with a dollop of sour cream."
"This is great for a cold day!"
"Super great recipe! Fun to make and delicious!"
"Good recipe for something different. I doubled the amount of elbows. Still spicy, but good flavor."
"I put Jalapeno peppers on the side and added a green bell pepper and 2 packs of prepared chili seasoning, used 2/3 pinto beans - 1/3 black and increased the recipe to feed 40. It was tasty and popular with all."
"I thought this recipe was yummy. I followed it exactly. My husband really liked it too."
"Loved, loved this recipe. Easy to make too and the leftovers were just as good!"
"This was pretty yummy! I would eat it again!"
"Quick, easy and filling recipe. Always looking for ways to use ground turkey and beans so this was great. Can't always handle spicy foods so I only used one jalapeno pepper and did the minimum suggestion on the other spices. Glad I did. Even my husband, who can always handle spicy things, was glad I didn't use more spices. I believe I'll use rice next time, instead of the pasta. I didn't add the cheddar to the pan, but kept it separate so we can use it on top of our servings as we eat the rest of the leftovers. Thanks for sharing your recipe!"
"quick and easy to make, whole family liked"
"for us I won't take the seeds out of the jalapenos next time, but it was very tasty as stated."
"I substituted 2 teaspoons of Tabasco Chipotle sauce for the hot sauce and that gave it a nice smoky flavor."
"This recipe had the perfect blend of spice! Loved it!"
"Simply wonderful! I made a lot of changes and this recipe is very forgiving. i used hamburger meat, forgot the tomatoes, used the green onions instead of white or yellow, and left out the hiot pepper sauce and allowed the hubby to add according to his own taste b/c when making something spicey the next day when you heat up left overs it is still spice but 10 times more so. I plan on trying this recipe again and make even more changes by putting a can of corn in it, just to add another texture. i may try using rice instead of pasta next time also just to see how it will be. When i reheated the left overs my pasta was a little mushy/nasty (cheap cheap pasta makes left overs cry) SO i also think that mebbe a little less pasta and adding to bowls before serving. will also try adding some cilantro next time. you can really try to add or leave out or substitute anything i think in this recipe."
"Very Spicy! My husband loved it and the leftovers!"
"This was awesome! My husband and young son LOVED this. And I didn't even have the correct peppers, only had red peppers."
"Thank you for sharing. This recipe was delicious, fast and easy to make. Thank you Thank you Thank you :)"
"Really enjoyed this and will make again! It's different. All common ingredients I already had, but you can make substitutions easily and still comes out great. Leftovers won't last long this time."
"Absolutely wonderful! I added a little Velveeta once everything was combined to make it good and creamy (about 1/4 pound), and also used pinto beans instead. Definitely a keeper!"
"Try it with pinto beans and it's even better."
"Very tasty! I doubled it and froze some for later (without the pasta). Reminder * Use gloves/plastic bags when cutting jalapenos. I forgot and paid for it shortly after!~ Theresa"
"So delicious! I used Ro-Tel tomatoes with chilies in place of the jalapenos diced tomatoes, just because I had some in the pantry. And I doubled the tomato sauce on the advice of other reviews. This is definitely going into the cold-weather rotation!"
"Made this for my church home group and they loved it. Just enough kick! I served it with sour cream and cheese on top! Quick and easy."
"I think I would do everything the same and try rice mixed in instead of the macaroni!"
"Very good. Didn't put hot sauce and used green chilis on hand instead of jalapeño and was great!"
"My family likes this twist on chili. The black beans really give it substance. I add a little extra water to it though because the noodles tend to absorb the liquid leaving it a little dry."
"Love this recipe. It's different and flavorful."
"Tasty and balanced with macaroni and black beans. We added a chopped bell pepper because we love the extra flavor. If making ahead, add extra sauce."
"My husband doesn't always eat leftovers - but he absolutely loved this and ate it several times!"