Chili Mac Recipe

Chili Mac

Got your attention do I? I’m definitely giving away $100. But let me tell you about this Chili Mac first. I have a homemade chili seasoning mix that I make several batches of to use when I want to make chili. Often times I’ll use a couple of my homemade packets and make a double batch. That way I can freeze an extra batch for one of those nights I know I won’t have a lot of time for cooking. Marry some chili with 3-minute quick cook macaroni, and you have a super fast meal for one of those crazy time crunched nights!

3 minute pasta? Yep! Ronzoni makes a quick cook pasta that is literally done in three minutes. So here’s the beauty of this meal. You defrost the leftover chili in the fridge, then when it’s time to throw together dinner before running out the door, put the chili into a big saucepan and begin reheating on medium. Set a pot of water on to boil, once the bubbles start coming up, add 1 1/2 cups of Ronzoni Quick Cook 3 minute elbow macaroni. Cook for 3 minutes only, then drain and stir into the warmed chili. Now yell “Dinner!”



I’ll give you my chili mac recipe below (I double mine from what I’ve given you below), but before I do I’m sure you’d like to know how you can get $100! Ronzoni said they would LOVE to send one of my readers a box of their quick cook pasta, an ADORABLE little kitchen timer, AND a $100.00 Walmart gift card to help you do some shopping! Fun huh?

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You have until Wednesday, November 23, 2011 to enter and you must have a U.S. shipping address. Please make sure that when you post your comment(s) I can get a hold of you if you win!

Ok here’s what you do (#1 is required, #2 is optional):

1) (2 part answer, read carefully!) Post a comment telling me which pasta cut you would like to try and what dish you would prepare (your selection will not guarantee what is sent to you if you win). You can see the cuts here (Penne Rigate, Elbow, Rotini).

2) You can earn an additional entry if you tweet OR post about this on Facebook, but you must post a separate comment with the twitter or FB link to qualify for the second entry.

Good luck!

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Chili Mac
Category: dinner
Servings: 4
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • ½ tsp dried minced garlic
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 15-oz can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup Ronzoni quick cook elbow macaroni
  1. Mix together flour, dried minced onion, chili powder, salt, crushed red pepper, dried minced garlic, sugar and ground cumin. Brown ground beef in a skillet. Drain off fat from ground beef and return beef to pan. Add seasoning mixture, water, beans and tomatoes and stir to combine. At this point you can add in anything else that you want to personalize the recipe. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Prepare elbow macaroni per package directions. Drain and stir into chili.


Chili Mac


  1. Marsha says

    I actually copied the recipe you gave on this post before reading the contest rules. My pick would be the elbow macaroini. Anxious to try out this recipe.

  2. says

    Pasta that cooks in three minutes? Awesome! My daughter’s favorite is rotini, so I’d go for that first, and serve it her favorite way for a simple lunch – with “melted butter, sprinkle cheese and spice” – a melted butter garlic sauce with grated parmesan! :)

  3. says

    YUM! I love making chili mac! If I won, I would want the Penne Rigate because it’s my favorite type of noodle. And something that cooks in 3 minutes?? Perfect for a Theatre Ed and History Ed Major (DOUBLE!) who loves to cook but doesn’t have all the time in the world!

  4. Lauren Kelly says

    We like any kind of pasta. But pasta ready in three minutes is awesome and will save me lots of time with mac and cheese and crock pot pasta dishes!

  5. Rachel says

    That sounds fantastic. The elbows are needed in my house. Anything that convince the fiance that homemade mac and cheese is just as quick (and even tastier) than the box stuff wins in my book.

  6. says

    I’d get rotini… I love the shape of it! And I’d love to make a homemade version of the broccoli and cheese rotini I like that’s boxed and Velveeta makes it.

  7. says

    Elbow noodles so that I could make a homemade mac and cheese…for some odd reason, I’m craving it! All those happy childhood memories, I guess! :)

    I love your spin on it with the chili!

  8. Jessica says

    I’m a rotini or elbow kinda gal; I have a few dozen pasta recipes to try (now including this Chili Mac!), so….I would start with Enchilada Chicken Rotini :)

  9. Amy J says

    I would try the rotini while preparing my homemade macaroni and cheese for my kids and hubby! Thank you for the chili mac recipe – I love to make chili many different ways and look forward to trying it this way! :-)

  10. Pat says

    I would love to try the elbows and make our family’s traditional “pot cheese and noodles”. My grandmother used to make this comfort food and each generation has been learning how to make it. We sauté onions and add cottage cheese and serve warm…yum!

  11. says

    what a great idea.

    I JUST put our chili in the freezer this morning after two days of eating leftovers. I’ll definitely try this when we pull the leftovers out of the freezer.

    too bad I don’t have a US shipping address :-(


  12. Cheryl R says

    I’d choose the elbow macaroni and try your Chili Mac recipe with it. The recipe sounds good and picture makes me know I need to try it.

  13. says

    Thank you for the giveaway – the pasta sounds terrific! I’m always looking for ways to save on time!

    I would make the Penne pasta with tomato sauce (I keep a stash frozen) add some sliced green olives, ground meat and garlic and top with salty pecorino. DELISH!

  14. Mami2jcn says

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  15. says

    I’m a big fan of penne cut pasta! That’s definitely what I’d try. I’ve actually seen a lot of good looking pasta recipes on Pinterest recently that I’d love to try, especially one creamy garlic chicken one. The chili mac sounds yummy, by the way!

  16. Heather Spooner says

    I’d like to try the rotini pasta. I would use it to make my favorite stovetop macaroni and cheese. Thanks!
    heatherspooner1981 at gmail dot com

  17. Lynne Binkley says

    Iwould like to try the Rotini. . . I have a pasta salad recipe I want to try with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes. It would be lovely to win and thanks to you and Ronzoni for making this available. Happy Thanksgiving !!!

  18. says

    Rotini has to be my favourite pasta, I love those little spirals. :) And I’ve been dying to make something nice and cheesy. The boyfriend has been promising to teach me how to make homemade macaroni and cheese!

  19. Anash says

    I always use elbow cuts because i grew up off them and i would try the elbozws with creamy garlic sauce
    Thanks for this splendid giveaway

  20. Carolsue says

    I would choose Penne Regate and I would make a dish using Italian sausage, green peppers, onions, Marinara Sauce and pasta. Very good.


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