Chili mac and cheese is a simple one pot dinner that combines two of the most beloved, cozy comfort foods: chili and macaroni and cheese.😍
Brown the ground beef and onions over medium high heat until crumbly, about 8 minutes.
Add garlic and cook one minute more.
Drain off grease, if desired. I sometimes skip this step if I use extra lean (85/15 or leaner).
To the meat mixture, add the tomatoes, beans, green chilies, beef stock, cumin, chili powder and pasta; stir together, and bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat.
Once the mixture starts to simmer, stir it, reduce the heat to medium low, cover the pot with a lid, and cook until pasta is tender, about 8 minutes*. Stir and recover several times (2 or 3 times) to prevent pasta from sticking to the pot.
When the pasta looks done, remove the pot from the heat, stir it one last time to mix it all together. If it looks too liquid-y, leave it uncovered a few minutes and stir to allow some of the liquid to evaporate/ absorb into the pasta.
Top with cheese, and re cover to allow the cheese to melt for 3 to 5 minutes.
Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.