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Chili Mac & Cheese Casserole

Posted: December 7

Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

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Chili Mac & Cheese Casserole combines all your favorite classics! Macaroni and cheese & chili in a casserole form—what more could you ask for? This dish includes tender ground beef, hearty kidney chili beans, and melted cheese for a meal that will leave you feeling full and happy. Make Chili Mac & Cheese Casserole for the perfect mixture of the best comfort and indulgence foods!


1 pound elbows pasta
2 pounds ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
2 (16 ounce) cans kidney chili beans in mild sauce
2 packets chili seasoning
salt, optional, to taste
pepper, optional, to taste
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded and divided


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente.

Step 3

Drain the pasta and set it aside.

Step 4

In a Dutch oven, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat until cooked, about 5 minutes. Break up any clumps while cooking.

Step 5

Transfer the beef to a plate and drain the Dutch oven of fat.

Step 6

In the same pot, saute the onions and garlic oil until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Step 7

Add in the cooked beef, tomatoes, chili beans, and chili seasoning.

Step 8

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 9

Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the mixture for 5 minutes.

Step 10

Add the cooked pasta and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese to the chili. Mix well.

Step 11

Transfer the mixture to a 9x13-inch casserole dish.

Step 12

Top with the remaining 1 cup of the cheese.

Step 13

Bake until the cheese has melted, about 10 minutes.

Step 14

Serve hot!

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