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Bowl of chili over macaroni with toppings.

Chili Mac

Traditional ground beef chili, packed with flavor and served over macaroni pasta. Serve with grated cheese, sour cream and hot sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef chili, chili mac
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 331kcal
Author Kelly | the hungry bluebird


  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • 4 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1½ cups)
  • cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup chili powder, that's right! or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (16-oz) sliced stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16-oz) diced chili tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (32-oz) crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16-oz) dark red kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 can (16-oz) red beans, undrained
  • cooked elbow macaroni for serving
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, diced onion, cilantro, hot sauce or Sriracha


  • In a large pot, cook ground chuck, garlic, onion, green pepper and chili powder over medium high heat.  Stir frequently to break up meat and cook until beef has lost it's pink color.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients (not the macaroni!) and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring frequently.  Break up the stewed tomatoes with a wooden spoon as the chili simmers.
  • Let the tomatoes simmer and release their juices, then, if chili seems too thick, add 1/2 to 1 cup water.  For best results, make a day in advance.
  • Serve over cooked macaroni and with toppings on the side.  (Shredded cheddar, sour cream, hot sauce, chopped onion, oyster crackers, tortilla chips and anything else you like in your chili.)


Makes about 3 quarts of chili.
Nutrition information does not include pasta or toppings. Use your favorite pasta shape or even gluten-free options.


Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 788mg | Potassium: 1005mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3230IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 6mg