One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe |

One Pot Chili Mac & Cheese

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian, One Pot, Stove Top
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 404 kcal
You can make this with or without beans. If you really like beans, you can double the amount of beans. Adjust the amount of cheese to your preference.


  • 8 oz. Elbow Macaroni Pasta , uncooked
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 pound ground Beef
  • 1 small Onion , diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic , minced
  • 30 oz. Tomato sauce , (two 15 oz. cans or @ 4 cups) crushed, diced or regular
  • 15 oz. canned Beans (black, pinto, cannellini, etc…), drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano leaves
  • Kosher Salt , to taste
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper
  • 1-2 cups grated Cheddar Cheese

Optional Toppings:

  • Additional cheese
  • sour cream
  • red onions
  • green onions


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season well with salt. Add pasta and cook until al dente, usually about 8-12 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and set pasta aside.
  2. Return pot to stove on medium-high heat. Add olive oil, then add ground beef. Break up beef into small chunks and cook until browned. Add onion and garlic. Cook onions and garlic until fragrant and soft.
  3. Add tomato sauce, beans, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Bring to a simmer, give it a good even stir and lower heat to continue simmering. Cook for about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Stir the cooked pasta and cheese into the chili. Cook for another minute or so until the pasta is warmed through and cheese is melted. Serve with your favorite toppings.

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