This Chili Mac Skillet is a quick and inexpensive meal. Macaroni, ground beef, pinto beans, canned or your own leftover chili and cheese. A childhood family favorite!
I love easy weeknight meals. don’t you? Especially one that my kids gobble up, like this Chili Mac!
My mom always made this when we were kids. I made it for years, until Campbell’s discontinued the soup we always used in it, called Chili Beef Soup. I figured there was no way it could possible taste the same without it… so why bother?
Then Mom told me she had been making it using canned chili. I make chili all of the time, but I can honestly tell you I have never, in my life, purchased a can of chili. What the heck, I figured I would give it a go!
I doctored it a bit to our taste, and when the kids rushed in for dinner, they said “This stuff? I REMEMBER THIS! – You haven’t made this in a long time!”
Big Mama Grins.
Uses for Leftover Chili:
Whenever I make a batch of chili, I always make a BIG BATCH of Chili. I always have plenty left over. I have found lots of ways to repurpose left over chili over the years. Some of my favorite ways are listed here.
- Copy Cat Wendy’s Original Taco Salad
- The Best Chili Cheese Dogs
- Chili Cheese Bean Dip
- Spicy Grilled Cheese Chili Dogs
- Smokey Chili Potato Bites
Of course the BEST thing about this, is how good it tastes. But as a busy parent, I love that it’s easy, too. I already mentioned, it can be as easy as just opening a couple of cans, or using up some leftovers. But the whole thing comes together in less than 30 minutes.
30 minute meals –
30 minute meals are my favorite!! I can’t call this a one pan meal, because you do have to prepare the pasta separately. But once it’s all mixed together, you can serve it right out of the skillet. Plus the leftovers are incredible!
Skillet Meals are weeknight saviors. What are your go-tos? Here are mine, in addition to this Chili Mac!
- Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet
- Skillet Lasagna
- Stuffed Pepper Skillet
- Kielbasa Fried Rice
- Skillet Red Beans and Rice
- Beef & Rice Skillet Meal
Let’s make some Chili Macaroni!!
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped small
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- 1 (10.75 oz) can tomato soup + 1/2 can water
- 1 (15 oz) can of chili with beans
- 1 (15 oz) can Pinto beans, drained
- 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
- 6-8 slices American cheese
Prepare pasta according to package instructions, rinse and set aside.
Meanwhile, brown ground beef with onion over medium-high heat. Drain any excess drippings.
Add chili powder, soup, water, chili, and beans. Stir. Salt and pepper to taste.
Fold in macaroni.
Turn heat down to low. Top with slices of American cheese, place lid on skillet until cheese melts. Serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 519 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 95mg Sodium: 1009mg Carbohydrates: 51g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 8g Protein: 37g