Beef Chili Mac Recipe

Beef Chili Mac Recipe

How To Make Beef Chili Mac

This beef chili mac is a one-pot upgrade to the dish of your childhood. The dish is full of flavor, thanks to a combo of cheeses, tomato sauce, and onions.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes



  • 2tbspvegetable oil
  • 1largeyellow onion,finely chopped
  • 4clovesgarlic,finely chopped
  • 1tbspancho chili powder
  • 1tbspground cumin
  • tsppaprika,smoked
  • ¼tspcayenne pepper,optional; omit for less heat
  • tspsalt
  • 1lblean ground beef
  • 3cupschicken broth
  • 1cantomato sauce,(8 oz)
  • 1tsporegano,dried
  • 1tspsugar
  • 8ozelbow macaroni,(about 2 cups)
  • 1cupevaporated milk,(8 oz)
  • cupsmexican cheese blend,(one 6 oz pkg), shredded, plus more for serving
  • 3mediumscallions,dark green parts only, thinly sliced
  • tortilla chips,for serving


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.

  2. Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), and salt and cook, stirring often. Add the beef and cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring and breaking apart the meat, until no longer pink.

  3. Stir in the broth, tomato sauce, oregano, sugar, and macaroni and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 9 to 12 minutes, stirring every so often so the macaroni doesn’t stick to the bottom, until the pasta is al dente.

  4. Use a soup spoon to skim any grease off the top, if necessary.

  5. Off the heat, add the evaporated milk and cheese and stir until the cheese is melted. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.

  6. Ladle the chili mac into bowls and sprinkle with the scallions. Serve with more shredded cheese and tortilla chips.


  • Calories: 979.87kcal
  • Fat: 55.38g
  • Saturated Fat: 22.43g
  • Trans Fat: 1.98g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 22.21g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.80g
  • Carbohydrates: 70.50g
  • Fiber: 5.82g
  • Sugar: 18.13g
  • Protein: 50.47g
  • Cholesterol: 154.67mg
  • Sodium: 1492.88mg
  • Calcium: 601.32mg
  • Potassium: 1380.00mg
  • Iron: 6.54mg
  • Vitamin A: 262.78µg
  • Vitamin C: 15.65mg
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