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Meatless Chili Mac

I came across this recipe in a newspaper years ago and it’s been a hit at our house ever since. It’s fast and flavorful, and it appeals to all ages. — Cindy Ragan, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (16 ounces) mild chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream


  • In a Dutch oven, saute onion and green pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the water, macaroni, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin and salt.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 206 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 651mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 9g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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  • Heather
    Feb 27, 2021

    We thoroughly enjoyed this meal! We’ve been looking for meatless meals for lent and this truly didn’t disappoint. I did add more pasta because I felt like what it called for was not going to absorb all of the liquid (and I am very thankful I did). We also cooked with whole wheat pasta to try and put a “healthier” substitute for regular pasta.

  • DeanGirl
    Mar 6, 2013

    This recipe is quick, inexpensive, tasty, and can be made from pantry staples. It's in my personal recipe hall of fame! It is great over a baked potato or tortilla chips with the sour cream accompaniment. To lower the carb count, I use whole-wheat macaroni, and to lower the sodium, I use low-sodium tomatoes, sauce, and chili powder.

  • Sewingmama12
    Jun 22, 2012

    This is delicious! It smelled so good that we completely forgot about the sour cream! My husband doesn't like spicy food and this has just enough bite for the flavor to linger but does not sting.I used all "no salt added" ingredients and then added the tsp of salt it called for. That was perfect -- not too salty, not lacking salt, and it won't make me gain 3 pounds overnight! We will definitely be making this again and again!

  • muffbear74
    Apr 26, 2012

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  • caverette01
    Feb 20, 2012

    Love it, It really fills you for low calories

  • Preparing 4 Rain
    Nov 12, 2011

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  • ranger3470
    Mar 16, 2011

    Definately add the sour cream. That's what helps make this meal delicious. The whole family loved it and no leftovers!

  • mehalv
    Mar 4, 2011

    This recipe was okay, but nothing special. It was lacking flavor and I added a healthy dose of sriracha to amp up the heat level.

  • p.stillo
    Feb 14, 2011

    If you are looking for a really good vegetarian recipe that will please everyone, this is the recipe to make!!!

  • edseufert
    Dec 6, 2010

    This is a great dish and easy to fix. I have made this several times now and everyone who trys it likes it. If you have a vegan in the family it is appreciated by them. Ed (77 year old cook)