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Easy Chili Mac

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Chili mac is a delicious twist on a classic dinner recipe your family will love. Made with just a few simple ingredients, and ready in just minutes, it’s the perfect meal for a busy night.

Don’t forget to make a side of Cheesy Breadsticks or a toasted slice of homemade Artisan Bread to mop up every last bite of this delicious dinner.

a plate of chili mac and a slice of bread

Chili Macaroni & Cheese

This chili mac is a simple, delicious recipe that has been handed down from my husband’s grandma, to my mother-in-law to me! It is a kid favorite that adults enjoy too! Not only does it taste delicious, it is also super simple to put together.

When I tell my kids we are having pasta for dinner, I usually get all kinds of protests and groans and more questions about whether or not they have to eat the “red sauce.” (NONE of my kids like marinara – weirdos!)

But this chili mac dish gets a different reaction. There’s usually cheers of excitement and smiles all around. You know I’m not lying because there are never any leftovers when dinner is over. Every last piece of macaroni is gobbled up in no time at all! (Kind of amazing what a can of chili and some macaroni noodles can do!)

How To Make Chili Mac

Boil Noodles – Start by preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. While the oven is warming up, use a large pot to cook your macaroni noodles according to the directions on the box. To save a mess on your stove top, I like to use a spill stopper (my new best friend in the kitchen). Once cooked, drain the pasta and then set it aside.

Cook Meat – While the macaroni is cooking, brown the ground beef on the stove. Once it’s cooked, drain the meat and then add it to the pot of cooked pasta.

Mix – Add the chili and tomato soup to the pot and then give it a good stir until everything has blended together. Pour the chili mac into a 9 x 13 casserole dish and then sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top.

Cook – Bake the chili mac in the oven for about 5-10 minutes or until it is heated throughout and the cheese has melted.

Recipe Tips

Sizing – Just be aware that different brands chili and tomato soup may come in different size cans than what I have listed below.

Mix It Up – I typically will use cheddar cheese when making chili mac but other cheeses are just as delicious. Experimenting with different cheese, or adding vegetables, can really add delicious flavors to this recipe.

Best Cheese – Do your taste buds a favor and shred a block of cheese when you make this recipe. Not only does fresh cheese taste better but it also melts better than the pre-shredded version.

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a plate of chili mac and a slice of bread
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Chili Macaroni Recipe

This chili macaroni recipe is a delicious twist on a classic dinner.
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword 30 minutes or less
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 424 kcal


  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 15 oz chili without beans unless you love beans!
  • 10.75 oz tomato soup


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large pot, boil and drain your pasta. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, brown and drain your ground beef, then add it to  your pot of cooked, drained pasta.
  3. Stir in the chili and tomato soup and blend well.
  4. Pour the macaroni mixture into a 13 x 9 inch casserole dish and sprinkle with cheese.
  5. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and pasta is heated through.

Recipe Notes

*Please Note - different brands might have different sizes of cans of chili and tomato soup. Measurements listed above are approximate. 

Nutrition Facts
Chili Macaroni Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 578mg25%
Potassium 680mg19%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 262IU5%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a serving of chili macaroni and cheese

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