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Chili Mac Casserole Recipe

Chili Mac Casserole Recipe

This cheesy casserole uses several of my family's favorite ingredients, including macaroni, kidney beans, tomatoes and cheese. Just add a green salad for a complete meal. —Marlene Wilson, Rolla, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • Thinly sliced green onions, optional


  • 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, chilies and seasonings. Drain macaroni; add to beef mixture.
  • 2. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5-8 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. If desired, top with sliced green onions. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 313 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 758mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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Toni1954 User ID: 8154324 227164
Reviewed May. 30, 2015

"I have to say this dish is amazing, tasty, love it. Been cooking a long time, but this has a wonderful kick."

Medic 716 User ID: 4089259 224032
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2015

"easy to fix and such good flavors...will make again."

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 221543
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"Good flavor. I cut the recipe in half because I didn't have enough on hand to make the full amount. I substituted the elbow macaroni with whole grain penne and black beans for the kidney beans. Unfortunately I did not have the green chiles either, but it all turned out good anyways. Probably would have been 5 star if I made it as the recipe stated. Will make again."

justfrench User ID: 7157074 37325
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"This has become a family favorite!!!"

MereHaney User ID: 6841426 55622
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2012

"Very good recipe, easy to through together. I completely forgot to add the green chilies I don't think I would have liked them anyway. Next time I will add Del Monte Fiesta Corn to the dish! My husband and I really enjoyed this."

Tuckerom User ID: 6511027 105004
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"A good weeknight meal"

vbange User ID: 1656569 123268
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"My three boys loved this! We used crushed tomatoes instead of diced, ground turkey instead of beef and we only had 1/4 cup of Mexican cheese, so we supplemented with Mozzarella and it was still delicious! The boys were asking for seconds! This is a keeper."

mheth User ID: 5327231 123267
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"We love this dish. I drain the diced tomatoes and replace the juice with enchilada sauce. It gives it a different flavor."

MaMel User ID: 5947182 49137
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"This was great! I added 2 more cans of chili beans w/sauce, seasoned it well with extra garlic powder, seasoned salt and ground red pepper. This filled up my large crock pot, on high for 2 hours, topped with the shredded cheese at the serving line, and the dish was practically licked clean at our church luncheon. Wonderful comfort food during the cold midwest fall days!"

AMWmomofsix User ID: 4493382 37299
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2011

"Our family loved this! It was so easy to throw together. I will be making this often."

laurahultstrom User ID: 1154690 32515
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"My family really enjoyed this. I used lean ground pork instead of ground beef, left out the green chilies (we don't like them), doubled the macaroni and added 12oz. of tomato sauce. Even my picky eater liked it."

yummypoptart31 User ID: 4841132 87893
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"It was simply WONDERFUL!! I only had one child that didn't like it...ahh the pickiness. lol However, seven out of eight people loved it! I will be keeping this one! :)"

scottborel User ID: 5493290 55621
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2010

"Wow, makes alot of left overs but sure is tastey. Scotty B, Broussard Louisiana"

LARJO User ID: 4669808 32514
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2010

"Excellent and easy to make, I slimmed it down a little more by using ground turkey instead of beef and we loved it. I've made it a couple of times and will make it again."

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