One Skillet Chilli Mac and Cheese

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In this recipe, we’re excited to share with you a budget-friendly and incredibly delicious recipe for One Skillet Chilli Mac and Cheese. If you’re looking for a quick and easy meal that won’t break the bank, this recipe is perfect for you.

Our Chilli Mac and Cheese combines the comforting flavors of chili with the cheesy goodness of macaroni, all cooked together in just one skillet. It’s a convenient and satisfying dish that will please both kids and adults alike.

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 30 mins Servings: 4 Calories: 410 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Join us as we guide you through the step-by-step process of making this flavorful One Skillet Chilli Mac and Cheese. We'll share some tips and tricks along the way to ensure your dish turns out perfectly.



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  1. Add the oil to a pan over medium high heat. Follow this by the onion, garlic, and celery. Stir and saute until the onions are translucent and the celery if fork tender. 

  2. Add in the ground beef. Break up and fry form a couple of minutes. Add in the cumin, paprika, chili flakes, chili powder, oregano, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Stir and fry until well combined and the beef is browned.  

  3. Add in the tomatoes and beef broth. Stir and cook for a few minutes. Bring to a boil. Add in the noodles and kidney beans. Mix once again. Reduce the heat to medium low, place a lid on and simmer for about 10 minutes. 

  4. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and garnish with parsley. 

  5. Serve and enjoy your chili mac and cheese. 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 Cup

Servings 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 410kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g33%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 271mg12%
Total Carbohydrate 28g10%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Sugars 5.8g
Protein 28g57%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.


  1. Customize the heat: Adjust the spiciness of your Chilli Mac and Cheese by adding more or less chili powder, cayenne pepper, or hot sauce according to your taste preferences. Feel free to experiment and find the perfect level of heat for you and your family.

  2. Add extra veggies: Boost the nutritional value of your dish by adding some extra vegetables. Bell peppers, onions, corn, or diced tomatoes are great options. Simply sauté them along with the ground meat for added flavor and texture.

  3. Cheese variations: While this recipe calls for cheddar cheese, feel free to use your favorite cheese or a combination of cheeses. Monterey Jack, pepper jack, or a blend of Mexican cheeses can add a delicious twist to the dish.

  4. Toppings and garnishes: Before serving, consider adding some toppings or garnishes to enhance the flavors. Chopped fresh cilantro, green onions, sour cream, or diced avocado can add a burst of freshness and creaminess to your Chilli Mac and Cheese.

  5. Make it ahead: This recipe is perfect for meal prep or making ahead. You can prepare the Chilli Mac and Cheese in advance and refrigerate it. When you're ready to serve, simply reheat it on the stovetop or in the oven until warmed through.

  6. Leftover ideas: If you happen to have any leftovers, don't worry! The Chilli Mac and Cheese makes a great next-day meal. You can enjoy it as is, or repurpose it by stuffing it into tortillas for a flavorful quesadilla or using it as a filling for stuffed bell peppers.

Remember, cooking is all about creativity, so feel free to experiment and add your own personal touch to the recipe. Enjoy your One Skillet Chilli Mac and Cheese!

Keywords: Chilli, Chili, Mac and Cheese, One Pan, One Skillet

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David Hood

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Hey, I’m David Hood And I’m so happy you’re here!! So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love. And of course, all the better when nourished by some seriously delicious foodHappy Cooking! 

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