Jeanne's Chili Mac

Jeanne Benavidez


This is a dish my Mom used to make when we were growing up. I don't think it had a name since it was just made up of ingredients she had on hand at the time. It turned out to be one of our favorite, quick meals. I still make it fairly often. I found a picture on the Buttermilk Hill Country Market website to give you an idea of what the dish looks like.

★★★★★ 4 votes
6 - 8
15 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


1 1/2
ground beef or turkey
1 or 2
jalapeno peppers, seeded for less heat
med onion, chopped
1 Tbsp
garlic, chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp
chili powder
1 tsp
ground cumin
1 tsp
oregano, dried, crushed
1 can(s)
(15 oz.) stewed tomatoes, diced
1 can(s)
(6 oz) tomato sauce
1 can(s)
(28 oz) chili beans (ex: ranch style)
1 1/2 c
uncooked, small, elbow or shell macaroni
salt and pepper t taste
green onions, chopped, for garnish
shredded cheddar cheese for garnish


1Prepare pasta in boiling salted water until pasta is aldente (just under-done); drain (reserving @ 2 cups of liquid) and return it to the same large pot. Remove from heat until meat is cooked.
2While pasta is cooking, break ground beef into pieces in a large skillet. Add onions, garlic, peppers, salt and pepper. Brown over med-low heat.
3Drain off any excess grease and add the meat to the cooked pasta. Place the pot back onto a low burner. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans (do not drain), and all other spices. Gently stir thoroughly until combined.
4Cover and simmer until thoroughly hot (@ 10 minutes). Adjust salt, pepper and other spices to suit your taste. If the mixture is too thick, add some of the starchy water from the macaroni to keep this from being too dry.
5Serve in bowls topped with green onion and cheese. Great with crackers, tortilla chips, cornbread or cheesy garlic bread.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta, Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #hamburger, #macaroni