This is warmth and comfort on a cold day. My boys and I settle in with a good movie and a bowl of this chili mac, dicussing the finer points of "The Lorax" or a good belching competition... hey you were a kid once too remember??
Gather ingredients. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain pasta and toss with olive oil.
Cook bacon in large Dutch oven over medium heat until it is just lightly crisp and the fat is rendering. toss in onion, jalapeno, and garlic and sauté until tender. Add the beef to the veggies to brown breaking up with a wooden spoon. Throw in the tomato paste and stir to blend.
Stir in barbeque sauce, crushed and diced tomatos and beans, plus ranch seasoning and simmer for 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to blend. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. add salt and pepper if needed. Add pasta to meat mixture and stir. Serve hot with condiments.
all my prep times are based on what I do by hand, if you have a food processor, it'll be quicker. enjoy!!