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Spicy Chili Mac Recipe

Spicy Chili Mac Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 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.

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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."

Kilyena User ID: 6143949 179115
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."

DonnaY12 User ID: 6378554 121832
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."

kdwarren User ID: 3452511 98540
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

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

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 179540
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012

"Fantastic! It's fairly quick to throw together. We were feeling the fire so we topped our chili mac with a dollop of sour cream."

anonymous User ID: 5520322 111625
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

"This is great for a cold day!"

jonesmr11 User ID: 1438192 98539
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2012

"Super great recipe! Fun to make and delicious!"

[email protected] User ID: 6054705 162975
Reviewed May. 17, 2012

"Good recipe for something different. I doubled the amount of elbows. Still spicy, but good flavor."

Holmescsh User ID: 2528368 164971
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"I put Jalapeno peppers on the side and added a green bell pepper and 2 packs of prepared chili seasoning, used 2/3 pinto beans - 1/3 black and increased the recipe to feed 40. It was tasty and popular with all."

aeg2t User ID: 5187903 113504
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"I thought this recipe was yummy. I followed it exactly. My husband really liked it too."

tkwill User ID: 2956609 181795
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"Loved, loved this recipe. easy to make too and the leftovers were just as good!"

milosmommy User ID: 3662215 98538
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"This was pretty yummy! I would eat it again!"

choc52 User ID: 434649 179113
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"quick, easy and filling recipe. Always looking for ways to use ground turkey and beans so this was great. Can't always handle spicy foods so I only used one jalapeno pepper and did the minimum suggestion on the other spices. Glad I did. Even my husband, who can always handle spicy things, was glad I didn't use more spices. I believe I'll use rice next time, instead of the pasta. I didn't add the cheddar to the pan, but kept it separate so we can use it on top of our servings as we eat the rest of the leftovers. Thanks for sharing your recipe!"

jen k User ID: 1977993 121831
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"quick and easy to make, whole family liked"

decar48 User ID: 5127622 143562
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2011

"for us I won't take the seeds out of the jalapenos next time, but it was very tasty as stated."

dollargirl User ID: 939213 179535
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"I substituted 2 teaspoons of Tabasco Chipotle sauce for the hot sauce and that gave it a nice smoky flavor."

samanthajokelley User ID: 5977001 179112
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"This recipe had the perfect blend of spice! Loved it!"

CJTaters User ID: 6142659 180881
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"Simply wonderful! I made a lot of changes and this recipe is very forgiving. i used hamburger meat, forgot the tomatoes, used the green onions instead of white or yellow, and left out the hiot pepper sauce and allowed the hubby to add according to his own taste b/c when making something spicey the next day when you heat up left overs it is still spice but 10 times more so. I plan on trying this recipe again and make even more changes by putting a can of corn in it, just to add another texture. i may try using rice instead of pasta next time also just to see how it will be. When i reheated the left overs my pasta was a little mushy/nasty (cheap cheap pasta makes left overs cry) SO i also think that mebbe a little less pasta and adding to bowls before serving. will also try adding some cilantro next time. you can really try to add or leave out or substitute anything i think in this recipe."

CaseynBentley User ID: 6198586 181793
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"This is a great chili recipe. The beans and macaroni make it very filling, and because it's made with turkey instead of beef it has much less fat than regular chili. Great fall recipe, the spices give it a wonderful heat."

Possosum User ID: 6167327 97502
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"Very Spicy! My husband loved it and the leftovers!"

sahm2391 User ID: 6016437 111624
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"This was awesome! My husband and young son LOVED this. And I didn't even have the correct peppers, only had red peppers."

InsGirlie User ID: 3955317 180879
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"Thank you for sharing. This recipe was delicious, fast and easy to make. Thank you Thank you Thank you :)"

amkoch User ID: 5404945 121644
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"Really enjoyed this and will make again! It's different. All common ingredients I already had, but you can make substitutions easily and still comes out great. Leftovers won't last long this time."

Lindsay7186 User ID: 6229117 104672
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2011

"Absolutely wonderful! I added a little Velveeta once everything was combined to make it good and creamy (about 1/4 pound), and also used pinto beans instead. Definitely a keeper!"

nmharleyrider User ID: 5592544 179108
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2011

"Try it with pinto beans and it's even better."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 180877
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"Very tasty! I doubled it and froze some for later (without the pasta). Reminder * Use gloves/plastic bags when cutting jalapenos. I forgot and paid for it shortly after!

~ Theresa"

zegunism User ID: 3308364 181785
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2011

"Really good!"

carolanne1210 User ID: 3617870 166792
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"So delicious! I used Ro-Tel tomatoes with chilies in place of the jalapenos diced tomatoes, just because I had some in the pantry. And I doubled the tomato sauce on the advice of other reviews. This is definitely going into the cold-weather rotation!"

cfarnsy User ID: 4301443 179530
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"Made this for my church home group and they loved it. Just enough kick! I served it with sour cream and cheese on top! quick and easy."

transou4 User ID: 4832312 98535
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"I think I would do everything the same and try rice mixed in instead of the macaroni!"

emsgatorgirl User ID: 4011946 143561
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"Very good. Didn't put hot sauce and used green chilis on hand instead of jalapeño and was great!"

hrcamel User ID: 3926526 181781
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2010

"My family likes this twist on chili. The black beans really give it substance. I add a little extra water to it though because the noodles tend to absorb the liquid leaving it a little dry."

crysmitchell User ID: 5044355 162973
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"Love this recipe. It's different and flavorful."

jmscoker User ID: 4615223 113500
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2010

"Tasty and balanced with macaroni and black beans. We added a chopped bell pepper because we love the extra flavor. If making ahead, add extra sauce."

JoBish User ID: 2233261 104668
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2010

"My husband doesn't always eat leftovers - but he absolutely loved this and ate it several times!"

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