Lumberjack Chili Mac

Angela Olesen


This is a very hearty chili and is a complete meal in a bowl. Leave out the meat and it makes an awesome vegetarian chili!


★★★★★ 1 vote

5 Min
50 Min


  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1/2 c
    ditalini or tubetti pasta (or other small tube pasta)
  • 28 oz
    crushed tomatoes
  • 30 oz
    pinto beans
  • 15 oz
    kidney beans
  • 15 oz
    garbanzo beans or chickpeas
  • 6 oz
    tomato paste
  • 4 oz
    green chiles,diced
  • 2 medium
    zucchini, diced
  • 1 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp
    seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 1/2 c
    fontina cheese, shredded

How to Make Lumberjack Chili Mac


  1. In a large pot, brown beef. While beef is cooking, boil pasta to al dente drain and set aside. Once beef is done cooking drain off fat and return to pot.
  2. Add to the beef: tomatoes, undrained pinto and kidney beans, drained garbanzo, tomato paste, undrained chiles, zucchini, chili powder, garlic, and seasoning salt. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 20 minutes, add the cumin and simmer an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add pasta and cheese. Stir and serve immediately. Serve with sour cream and crackers if desired. I love to top a cracker with the chili and sour cream and eat it like a little hors doeuvre!
    *To make the chili spicier you can substitute Pepper Jack or Habanero cheese for the Fontina.
    *This makes a great vegetarian meal too, just leave out the meat.

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About Lumberjack Chili Mac

Course/Dish: Beef
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: For Kids Healthy

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