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Spicy Chili Mac Recipe
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Spicy Chili Mac Recipe

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Family and friends love this recipe. I use three power foods: tomatoes, black beans and olive oil, plus whole wheat pasta. It's comfort food to feel good about! —Krissy Black, Mt. Vernon, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 396 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 581 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 28 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

Directions

  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.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Chili Mac in Healthy Cooking August/September 2009, p53

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 396 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 581 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 28 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

Reviews for Spicy Chili Mac

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Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

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.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

It was good. I made it with hamburger instead because I didn't have turkey.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

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.

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Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

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.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

Very tasty with a bit of a kick. Would definitely make this again.

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