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Chili Mac Casserole

This cheesy casserole uses several of my family's favorite ingredients, including macaroni, kidney beans, tomatoes and cheese. Just add a leafy salad for a complete meal. —Marlene Wilson, Rolla, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • Thinly sliced green onions, optional


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, breaking meat into crumbles; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, chiles and seasonings. Drain macaroni; add to beef mixture.
  • Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 375° until bubbly, 25-30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, 5-8 minutes longer. If desired, top with sliced green onions.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 313 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 758mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.
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  • cynandtom
    Nov 11, 2020

    Simple and delicious dish. As I was tasting it during cooking, I felt it needed ‘just a little something’, so I added a half a chili packet, and a little cayenne for heat (we prefer a little kick); completely did the trick.

  • dlynsmith9
    Nov 8, 2020

    This was easy and delicious. I used ground chicken and left out the green chili's because none of like them. I will be making this again.

  • Beth
    Nov 5, 2020

    Hamburger Helper, a can of Rotel and a can of chili beans. Same thing no baking.

  • thebigapple
    Sep 15, 2020

    My family really like this and requested that I make it again.

  • Andrew
    Sep 10, 2020

    This is nothing more than goulash with the spices modified. Ingredients and cooking instructions nearly exact match. This sucks as our family hates goulash. When I chili mac I think steak and shake. I was really hoping this was going to be some what like that but it isn't. It was still very lacking in flavor beyond tomatoes and cheese. Easy to make but not impressed with it.

  • Shelltine112
    Sep 10, 2020

    I believe the recipe calls for too much tomato paste. An entire 6 oz. can is alot when 1 or 2 tablespoons would suffice. I added more spices, two salsa peppers and 1 cup diced green peppers. Overall it was still very bland. If I make this again I would greatly reduce the tomato paste and use enchilada sauce instead.

  • camillegreen
    Sep 8, 2020

    My mother in law gave me this recipe minus the chilies in the 1960's. It was called Saturday Nite Beans. My family has eaten this ever since. It's great for potlucks too.

  • mrscessna
    Jun 10, 2020

    Add spice to taste. Easy and filling.

  • Terri
    Apr 28, 2020

    when I made this I used chili o seasoning mix I did some fire roasted tomatoes green chiles then I got from the zesty chili diced tomatoes then the reason for baking it because when you put all the seasonings into your hamburger and you want it to season really good but this is so so good but use chili seasoning mix that's why I did that cuz I knew it wouldn't be season that good try this with your own chili mix your own diced tomatoes whatever you want to use because it turned out awesome and bake it because the seasonings baked through it and it was so yummy

  • Elaine
    Apr 24, 2020

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