The Shady Porch: Mac and Cheese Chili

11.21.2014

Mac and Cheese Chili

Is there such a category as double comfort food? Since it combines two classics - chili and macaroni & cheese - Mac & Cheese Chili may be staking out new ground. With cheesy deliciousness and spicy heartiness in a single bowl, how could it be anything but great? We prepared this for one of our Game Day gatherings and it was a big success (and we won the game!). This Mac & Cheese Chili is the ultimate one-pot meal, which means prep and clean up are as easy as the dish is delicious!

Mac and Cheese Chili
Mac & Cheese Chili

Ingredients:
2 T. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 T. minced garlic
2 lbs ground beef
2 cans diced tomatoes
2-15oz. cans light red kidney beans, drained
1 32oz. container chicken broth
1 lb box elbow macaroni
2 T. chili powder
1/2 t. cumin
1/2 t. garlic powder
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
salt and pepper, to taste
 
Directions:
  1. In large cook pot, add olive oil, diced onions, and minced garlic. Saute until onions are tender.
  2. Add ground beef to the pot and cook until browned through.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, beans, broth, and seasonings. Stir. 
  4. Bring to boil and add macaroni. Cover and reduce heat; allow to cook until macaroni is tender (see pkg directions). 
  5. Stir in the cheese. Serve immediately. 
    -adapted from Cooks.com
    One Pot Mac and Cheese Chili
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