A variation on mac and cheese, chili mac adds pantry ingredients to a classic meal. Once your family tries chili mac, you'll be making it on repeat!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 4 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 2 cups water
- 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 8 ounces about 2 cups elbow macaroni
- 1-8 ounce package shredded Mexican cheese blend
- black pepper
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
In a 12 inch nonstick skillet, add oil and heat until it's shimmering. Add onion, chili powder, cumin and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook over medium heat until onion is soft, stirring often so spices don't burn, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and brown sugar and cook, continuing to stir, so garlic doesn't burn, for about 30 seconds. Add the ground beef and brown lightly, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon as it cooks, until there is no pink in the meat.
Add the water, 3/4 teaspoon salt and tomato sauce to the skillet and stir to mix. Stir in the pasta and cover, increasing the heat to medium-high. Cook the mixture, stirring often and adjusting the heat to maintain a vigorous simmer. Continue to cook until the pasta is tender, about 9-12 minutes.
Take the skillet off the heat and add 1 cup of the cheese mixture. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Top the skillet with remaining cheese and rest the mixture off the heat a few minutes or until cheese melts. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve.
Serving: 1/4 of the recipe | Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 890mg | Potassium: 928mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 16.5% | Vitamin C: 6.8% | Calcium: 10.8% | Iron: 27.8%