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One-Pot Chili Mac

This hearty entree is low in fat, but full of flavor. I love that you can cook the dried pasta right in the chili. One less pot to wash! This also reheats in the microwave perfectly. —Dawn Forsberg, Saint Joseph, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups uncooked multigrain penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro


  • In a large saucepan coated with cooking spray, cook the turkey, onion and pepper in oil over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in the water, beans, broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Bring to a boil. Add pasta; cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Serve with sour cream; sprinkle with cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 384 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 598mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 8g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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  • meloy2111
    Sep 30, 2016

    Will be a stand by - made sooooo much! Filled a standard soup pot!

  • mimirita
    Feb 13, 2016

    Very good. I used pinto beans already in a chili flavored sauce from Whole Foods. Cut back 1tsp on chili powder. Good with beef too.

  • dkaren
    Sep 26, 2015

    I am not sure how this recipe was rated so highly - it was very bland....

  • ad554836
    Apr 21, 2015

    We've enjoyed this many times. I actually substitute a can of black beans for the ground turkey: easier, cheaper, healthier and still delicious!

  • jfcummins
    Sep 16, 2014


  • TeshaH
    Aug 19, 2014

    This is so good and easy! A family favorite.

  • HeidiWahlstrom
    Feb 4, 2012

    Flavorful, without all the fat. The only thing I changed was the chili powder, I put 1 1/2 teaspoons instead of 2. Don't leave out the cilantro, it's perfect.

  • NitaK1
    Jan 23, 2012

    I made this and it's absolutely wonderful. I did use 1/2 ground turkey and 1/2 ground beef. My husband loved it.

  • decar48
    Oct 8, 2011

    made with regular pasta and it was good, but not spicy, so take that into consideration if you like hot chili.

  • candyharrington
    Mar 28, 2011

    With the pasta added this recipe is more like an adult version of chili mac. That said, it's not bad if you aren't expecting chili. I watch my sodium, so I made it even healthier bu using cooked (not canned) pinto beans, home made low-sodium chicken broth, no salt added tomatoes. I didn't use the sour cream because somehow I just couldn't picture that, and I didn't really want a creamy taste. I also added a can of diced green chilis. I got 8 very hearty servings out of it, and with my ingredients that brought the calorie count down to 254 calories and lowered the sodium to 195 mg. Which means I can have it for lunch!!