Chili Cheese Mac

September 15, 2014
Chile Cheese Mac ~ easy, cheesy hamburger and macaroni comfort food your family will love, with the convenience of one-pot cooking.  You're welcome!

There's just something about pasta that says comfort food.  When I'm in need of a little 'fill the belly' comfort, 90% of the time I'll turn to pasta for dinner.  Or a burger.  Or something cheesy.

Well, with this Chili Cheese Mac, I get all three!  In one easy, one-pot dish.

My other major comfort food is chocolate.  But hmmmm, I don't think incorporating chocolate in Chili Cheese Mac would be very good.  Mole Chile Cheese Mac? ...

I don't think so.  So I'll just have to stick to hitting three  of my favorite comfort foods in this one dish instead of four.

Not only does this Chili Cheese Mac scream cheesy pasta comfort food, it also gives the convenience of one-pot cooking.

That's right, just one big ol' skillet or Dutch oven is all you need to dirty up in making this.

I love that.

I ran across this recipe in Cooking Light Magazine.  It took the hubby and I several times making it to adjust it to our liking ... we just thought the flavor of the original needed to be amped up, and it needed more cheesiness.

So we increased the spicing, added onion, increased the cheese, and sprinkled a dose of fresh cilantro on at the end.  We absolutely love the flavor zip the fresh cilantro adds ... but if you're not a cilantro fan, by all means leave it out.

So what are you waiting for?

Get out your one pot, mix up this easy cheesy goodness, and serve up bowls of creamy pasta comfort food.  Your family ... and your tummy ... will thank you.

Chili Cheese Mac
Source:  Adapted from Cooking Light magazine
(Printable recipe)

  • 2 tsp. Canola oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. beef broth
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 (10 oz.) can mild diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained {such as Rotel}
  • 2 c. (8 oz.) uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 6 oz. (about 1 1/2 c.) finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • chopped cilantro {optional}
  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and onion; cook until beef is browned. Drain fat.
  2. Add garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, beef broth, water, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Stir in macaroni. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until macaroni is done, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Add cream cheese and milk; cook, stirring, over medium heat until cream cheese is melted. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar cheese until melted.
  4. Serve with chopped cilantro sprinkled over the top, if desired.


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  1. Nothing like a delicious mac-n-cheese chili. Comfort food at its best. Catherine

  2. Yum, like a cheeseburger mac. I love mac and cheese in any shape or form. Thanks for sharing!

  3. We will love this at our house!!!! Miss you.

    1. Yes, so do we, Jen. It's one of our new favorites!

  4. I just love this combination, it looks so good! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. This combo looks so good!!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  6. This is my kind of dinner! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!


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