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


  • 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 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.


  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

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MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 255923
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2016

"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.

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Wildfiremustang User ID: 1330024 243282
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2016

"Similar to other recipes"

rwippel User ID: 4262008 235739
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"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."

Lyndamr09 User ID: 6289348 225600
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2015

"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."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 218814
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"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."

mumsay User ID: 7742579 216521
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"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."

falknermimi User ID: 3056172 183269
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2014

"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."

hbaseley User ID: 3311639 98541
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2014

"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."

leslie1966 User ID: 3337908 166869
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."

szurekjoan User ID: 6750311 121836
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

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

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