Easy Chili Mac

This recipe has been in my regular menu rotation for more years than I care to admit and it’s never failed to please. Great at potlucks and bring-a-dish gatherings.

Sometimes I turn it into soup by adding a can of beef broth.

Very easy and very quick and the kiddos love it.

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Easy Chili Mac


1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (14 -15 ounce) can tomato sauce
4 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3 -4 cups cooked macaroni
2 cups cheddar cheese
1⁄2 teaspoon salt


Brown ground beef. When it is about half done press garlic into pan and add onion. Cook till ground beef is done onions should be clear drain grease.

While cooking ground beef cook macaroni according to box. Drain macaroni.

dd diced tomatoes and tomato sauce to the ground beef. Stir. Add chili powder and cumin Stir. Add macaroni Stir. Add salt. Season to taste. Stir.

Serve and top with cheddar cheese.


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