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Chili Mac

This chili mac has regularly appeared on my family menus for more than 40 years, and it's never failed to please at potlucks and bring-a-dish gatherings. Sometimes I turn it into soup by adding a can of beef broth. —Marie Posavec, Berwyn, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean), cooked and drained
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) hot chili beans, undrained
  • 2 large green peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili seasoning mix
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package (7 ounces) elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Shredded pepper jack cheese and sliced jalapeno pepper


  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 8 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until heated through. Stir in macaroni. Season with salt and pepper. If desired, top servings with cheese and sliced jalapenos.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 348 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 713mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 12g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 3 starch, 3 lean meat.

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  • aimee1963
    Dec 23, 2020

    It sounds great. But what are hot chili beans? Is there a brand I should look for? Thanks.

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Oct 21, 2020

    We liked this dish. Made it on the stovetop, cooking green peppers and onions with the ground beef, drained grease, and added other ingredients to heat. I used beans that weren't hot, celery seed, and my own taco seasoning.

  • NH-rescue
    May 9, 2020

    A spicy twist on regular chili mac; the jalapenos give it some real zing! This recipe is easily converted to a stove-top recipe by sauteing the vegetables, adding all the ingredients together and heating them through. Makes great leftovers, too!

  • annrms
    Dec 8, 2019

    Delicious! Used leftover pasta and made my own chili seasonings. Will make this again!

  • darlyn29
    Dec 8, 2019

    Wonderful comfort food recipe thats easy to make. We're Texans so we added a little more jalapenos, cheese and sour cream as suggested and otherwise followed recipe as written. Will continue to make this chili, its great for a crowd!

  • ReneeMurby
    Dec 7, 2019

    Great family food. I really enjoyed topping it with the sliced jalapeno and pepper jack cheese along with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of corn chips.

  • MarineMom_texas
    Oct 14, 2019

    We had this delicious recipe tonight. I followed the recipe with two changes. I omitted the celery and added a can of Rotel tomatoes. It did not need 6 hours of cooking so we ate about an hour after I started the recipe. Delicious and perfect for cool Fall days. Volunteer Field Editor

  • mehalv
    Dec 11, 2016

    I was disappointed with this recipe. I found it bland and felt it "needed something."

  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Oct 23, 2016

    It was OK. I added extra seasoning, but still needed a lot more. It was a little bland.

  • lurky27
    Oct 7, 2016

    Awesome recipe!- Theresa