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chili mac for a crowd

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Valerie Quinn
Normal, IL

A family favorite during winter months. Serves a crowd, reheats easily, and also can be frozen to enjoy as a lunch or light meal later. It's versatile, so change it to fit your own taste!

(1 rating)
yield 8 -10
prep time 40 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For chili mac for a crowd

  • 1 box
    macaroni, elbow (14.5 oz)
  • 1 lg
    green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 lg
    red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 lg
    yellow onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 clove
    minced garlic
  • 1 pkg
    frozen corn
  • 2 lb
    ground beef
  • 2 can
    diced tomatoes (no salt added) with juice
  • 2 can
    chili (with beans)
  • 1 can
    black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 3 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 pkg
    cheddar cheese, shredded

How To Make chili mac for a crowd

  • 1
    Cook pasta for one minute less than it says on the box, drain, and set aside.
  • 2
    Brown the ground beef, drain, rinse, and set aside.
  • 3
    In a large dutch oven type pan, melt the butter with the olive oil, and saute onion, peppers, and garlic until tender but not wimpy.
  • 4
    Add canned chili, corn, diced tomatoes, ground beef, beans, pepper, and chili powder to the veggies, and stir well. Heat to near a boil. Cover and then simmer for 10-15 minutes.*
  • 5
    Add cooked macaroni and mix well, then stir in about one cup of shredded cheese, and allow to melt.
  • 6
    Serve Chili Mac with additional cheddar cheese, tortilla chips, sour cream, and corn bread (if desired)
  • 7
    * If making this a few hours ahead, put everything in a large crockpot rather than simmering in the pan, add the cooked mac, cover and heat on low for 2-3 hours.