One Pot Chili Mac & Cheese

Kid pleaser and in one pot? Done deal. Mac & cheese and chili? You’ll basically be in comfort food heaven when you eat this.  I experimented with this yummy dish I found on and made a couple tweaks to my liking. All boys loved it! It comes together super fast and you just have to throw some veggies or a salad next to this and you’re done! We’ve had a crazy schedule with baseball for the two older boys and most weeknights I just need something super duper fast and hearty.  With the noodles and beans, it fits the bill. I almost always use ground turkey (from Costco) which makes it much healthier and we all like the consistency of the ground turkey better than ground beef. This would be a great pot luck/picnic meal too! Full recipe below:


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • a1b ounces ground beef (or turkey)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of  white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2  teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 12 ounces (or 1 box) uncooked elbows pasta
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion and meat, and cook until browned, draining excess fat if necessary.
  2. Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a simmer and stir in pasta. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Top with cheese and cover until melted, about 2 minutes.
  4. Garnish with parsley.

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