One-Pot Chilli Mac

Combining the best of two beloved dishes – chili and mac & cheese, all made in one pot – this flavorful fusion is sure to become a favorite at your dinner table or campsite.


4 Servings

1 tablespoon oil
1 onion, diced
½ pound ground beef, or Impossible plant-based ground
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz elbow noodles
14.5oz can of kidney beans, drained
½ cup of beef or vegetable stock
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese


Step by step

1. Making The Chili
Sauté onions, then brown the beef with spices and tomato paste.
2. Cooking The Macaroni
Add noodles, beans, and broth. Simmer until noodles are tender.
3. Adding The Cheese
Stir in cheese until melted and creamy.
4. Topping Ideas
Customize with cilantro, jalapenos, scallions, or your favorite toppings!

Nutrition Info

Per Serving

Calories: 520kcal
Carbohydrates: 66g
Protein: 28g
Fat: 16g

Note: Nutrition values are estimated and may vary.

Additional Info

Prep times

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Total Time: 25 min
Servings: 4

Follow our simple recipe and treat yourself to a bowl of comfort food goodness. Whether you’re camping under the stars or cozying up at home, One Pot Chili Mac is sure to hit the spot. Let us know how you enjoyed the dish!

Making the Most of Leftovers

Don’t let those delicious leftovers go to waste! One Pot Chili Mac is just as tasty the next day, making it a perfect option for meal prep or enjoying on-the-go. Simply store any remaining chili mac in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. When you’re ready to indulge again, simply reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop until warmed through. The flavors meld even further, resulting in a dish that’s arguably even more flavorful than the first serving.

Recipe Modifications

Spice It Up: Add a dash of hot sauce or a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes to kick up the spice level.
Vegetarian option: Swap out the ground beef for your favorite plant-based alternative, such as Impossible plant-based “meat”, lentils, crumbled tofu, or diced mushrooms. You’ll still get that hearty texture and satisfying flavor without the meat.
Cheese Choices: Experiment with different cheese blends to find your perfect combination. Try adding a sharp cheddar for extra tang or a creamy fontina for richness.
Gluten-Free Option: If you’re gluten-sensitive or following a gluten-free diet, simply go with gluten-free pasta to make this dish suitable for your needs.
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