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Meatless Chili Mac Recipe

Meatless Chili Mac Recipe

“I came across this recipe in a newspaper years ago and it’s been a real hit at our house ever since,“ recalls Cindy Ragan from North Huntington, Pennsylvania. “It’s fast and flavorful and appeals to all ages.“
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (16 ounces) mild chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, saute onion and green pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the water, macaroni, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, salt and cumin.
  • 2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 214 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 857mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 8g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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DeanGirl User ID: 7162631 95571
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"This recipe is quick, inexpensive, tasty, and can be made from pantry staples. It's in my personal recipe hall of fame! It is great over a baked potato or tortilla chips with the sour cream accompaniment. To lower the carb count, I use whole-wheat macaroni, and to lower the sodium, I use low-sodium tomatoes, sauce, and chili powder."

Sewingmama12 User ID: 6748605 133902
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2012

"This is delicious! It smelled so good that we completely forgot about the sour cream! My husband doesn't like spicy food and this has just enough bite for the flavor to linger but does not sting.

I used all "no salt added" ingredients and then added the tsp of salt it called for. That was perfect -- not too salty, not lacking salt, and it won't make me gain 3 pounds overnight! We will definitely be making this again and again!"

caverette01 User ID: 1486431 112616
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"Love it, It really fills you for low calories"

ranger3470 User ID: 4818409 96347
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"Definately add the sour cream. That's what helps make this meal delicious. The whole family loved it and no leftovers!"

mehalv User ID: 4612167 132768
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"This recipe was okay, but nothing special. It was lacking flavor and I added a healthy dose of sriracha to amp up the heat level."

p.stillo User ID: 4107111 68846
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"If you are looking for a really good vegetarian recipe that will please everyone, this is the recipe to make!!!"

edseufert User ID: 1713296 132767
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"This is a great dish and easy to fix. I have made this several times now and everyone who trys it likes it. If you have a vegan in the family it is appreciated by them. Ed (77 year old cook)"

VW421 User ID: 5640203 132766
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"Hearty and filling. Every family member loved it (how often does that happen?). easy, fast and great for a cold day! Give it a try."

moongrrl User ID: 4053632 54019
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"Another of my family's favorites. Use diced tomatoes with green chilies and a little bit of cayenne to add some more kick."

beckyboop13 User ID: 4163106 80338
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2010

"My husband and I loved this! He is a big meat eater and couldn't believe how good this tasted without meat. I can't wait to make it again!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 80334
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2010

"This was good but not spectacular. My one year old really liked it!"

TanyaVDB User ID: 2515758 112615
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"This is such a great recipe. One that I will make over and over again. I've made it twice once with mild chili beans but the first time when I used southwest beans was my favorite. quick to make and so delicious."

lkl User ID: 3001959 95522
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"I wasn't able to purchase chili beans or the northern beans. I substituted with red kidney beans and navy beans. The dish was mushy and didn't have much flavour. Maybe the results would have been different if I had been able to get the correct ingredients. More salt was needed for flavour.

Lorie Ligi Canada"

T-Dub User ID: 3821932 137554
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2009

"Excellent and so easy to prepare. Don't be scared by the level of spice - it isn't too spicy at all. Do watch the pot as it as cooking as my batch tended to stick a little but nothing the occasional stir couldn't fix. My husband (vegetarian) and I (not so much) both loved this - a very satisfying and healthy meal! Thank you."

marysmoke User ID: 1823194 140466
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"I am 72 yrs old. My made this recipe when I was 5yrs old. We called it goulash."

ERICA5525 User ID: 3147055 112613
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2009

"This is one of my favorite recipes, I make it all the time. Thank you so much for posting."

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