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One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

This creamy One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is packed with serious flavor and it is so easy it will be on your table in under 30 minutes!

This One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese recipe is a staple in our house! We make it year round. I’m a big fan of creamy dishes and this might just be my creamiest recipe! Plus, it’s stacked with a serious punch of flavor. Best yet, if you are lucky enough to have leftovers, it still maintains it’s creamy texture and if it is possible… the flavor continues to build!

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Kosher Salt and Pepper
  • Ground Beef (I use Ground Round for this recipe)
  • Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • Can of Chili Fixins Rotel
  • Can of Chili Beans in Mild Sauce (or whatever heat index you prefer)
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Cajun Seasoning (I use Slap Ya Mama – it’s the best)
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Elbow Macaroni
  • Velveeta Cheese (Regular Flavor)
  • Fresh Grated Cheddar Cheese

How to make Chili Mac and Cheese

Since this Chili Mac and Cheese is made in one pot, it really could not be easier.

  • First, season beef with kosher salt and pepper
  • Then, brown the onions, garlic and beef in a dutch oven
  • Drain off fat and move the meat mixture back to the dutch oven
  • Add chicken or beef stock, rotel, chili beans, chili powder, cumin, cajun seasoning, red pepper flakes, and macaroni noodles
  • Stir mixture until combined
  • Make sure that all noodles are under the liquid
  • Bring to a soft boil, cover and reduce to medium-low
  • Cook for 13-15 minutes
  • Uncover, stir mixture and ensure that the noodles are done
  • Once noodles are confirmed al dente, remove from heat, add the cheese and stir until melted
  • Add a sprinkle of parsley, if so desired

What if I don’t like spicy food?

While the spices here typically lend to a spicy flavor profile, it is not “hot” per se, it’s just very flavorful. However, if you are still concerned, you can easily omit the cajun seasoning and/or the red pepper flakes. My only suggestion would be to test the dish before serving and add any salt and pepper as desired.

Note: If you choose to omit any spices, please give the dish a few minutes to thicken then taste before adding any additional salt and pepper. If you feel it needs additional seasoning, please add your desired seasoning, give it a quick stir and let it sit for another couple minutes to allow the spices to melt into the dish.

How should this Chili Mac and Cheese be stored?

Please store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

If you aren’t feeding an army, you can freeze this for up to 3 months. Be sure to store in a completely air tight container to maintain maximum freshness. If you have a vacuum sealing food device, allow the meal to firm up before vacuu-sealing it and storing it in the freezer.

Please let the meal cool down fully before storing in the fridge or freezer.

We love easy meals – and this One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese recipe is a family favorite! For the sheer fact that we can get this on the table in 30 minutes or less is huge plus for us. Clean-up is also a snap since it’s made in one pot. It’s a total comfort meal for us and I hope it is for you too!

Looking for more easy dinner ideas? Try our Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta or this Creamy Mac and Cheese recipe!

Close-up of Chili Mac and Cheese in a pot with a wooden spoon

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This creamy One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is packed with serious flavor and it is so easy it will be on your table in under 30 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4.5 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 (10 ounce) can Chili Fixins Rotel
  • 1 can (16 ounce) chili beans in mild sauce (do not drain)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
  • 10 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 4 ounces cubed velveeta
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Season ground beef with kosher salt and pepper
  2. Brown onion, garlic, and ground beef in a large dutch over over Medium heat.
  3. Drain off fat and return the beef to the Dutch Oven
  4. Next, add low sodium chicken stock, rotel, chili beans, cumin, chili powder, cajun seasoning, red pepper flakes, and macaroni noodles.
  5. Stir all ingredients, then make sure that all the macaroni noodles are covered by liquid
  6. Bring mixture to a soft boil, cover Dutch Oven and reduce heat to medium-low.
  7. Cook for 13-15 minutes or until pasta is cooked
  8. Remove from heat and add cheeses then stir until melted.
  9. Give the mixture a few minutes to cool before serving
  10. Add any additional seasoning, if desired

Notes

If you choose to omit any spices, please give the dish a few minutes to thicken then taste before adding any additional salt and pepper. If you feel it needs additional seasoning, please add your desired seasoning, give it a quick stir and let it sit for another couple minutes to allow the spices to melt into the dish.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 566Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 1773mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 40g

The nutritional values above are auto calculated by a nutrition program and can vary based on brands of ingredients used.

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14 Comments

  • Beth
    July 22, 2020 at 9:58 am

    This is out of this world delicious! My son loves this recipe! It was a big hit here at the house! Can’t wait to make this again!

    Reply
    • Kerri
      July 22, 2020 at 12:54 pm

      thank you, beth! so happy to hear that!

      Reply
  • Amanda
    July 22, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    This looks perfect for through the week!

    Reply
  • Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    July 22, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    This creamy One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is couldn’t look any more perfect!

    Reply
  • Rush
    July 22, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you for the idea will sure to impress my wife with this thanks much

    Reply
    • Kerri
      July 22, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      you’re very welcome! enjoy!

      Reply
  • Beti | easyweeknightrecipes
    July 23, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    My family loved this! Its incredibly delicious! I will definitely be making this again!

    Reply
  • katerina @ diethood.com
    July 23, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Such a delicious and comforting meal!! My family would LOVE this!

    Reply
  • Tara
    July 23, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Holy Moly! This Chili Mac n Cheese is so creamy and flavorful! And it’s all in one pot, which makes it a dream come true dinner! Great photos too!

    Reply
  • Sara Welch
    July 23, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    This is my kind of comfort food! Making this for dinner tonight; looks too good to pass up!

    Reply
  • Biana
    July 26, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    This looks amazing, and so flavorful! Will be making for dinner very soon.

    Reply
  • Lillie
    July 27, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    As the cook and the dish-washer for our family, you had me at “one pot!”

    Reply
  • Magali
    October 17, 2020 at 1:14 am

    This comfort food is everything. So delicious and creamy.

    Reply
  • Chef Dennis
    October 18, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    This is definitely my kind of deliciousness! I can’t wait to give it a try.

    Reply

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