One Pot Chili Mac

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Are you looking for something quick, and semi-healthy for dinner? This One Pot Chili Mac is the answer!

In just 30 minutes, you can have this easy, healthy ONE POT Chili Mac on your dinner table. Perfect for busy nights!

Last week I was planning on taking dinner to a family member, when I realized the recipe I planned to make, I didn’t have all the ingredients.

So, I rummaged through my pantry to see what I could whip up. I had a package of ground turkey, and knew I wanted to make something healthy. In less than 30 minutes, I had a big bowl of comfort food and a fork in front of me!

It turned out delicious! You can change around the ingredients to suit your needs. Use your favorite kind of beans (I had Bush’s Dark Red Kidney beans and a can of cannellini beans). Use ground beef. Or ground chicken. Change up the style of noodles, using ziti or shells. However you make it, just do it soon.

In just 30 minutes, you can have this easy, healthy ONE POT Chili Mac on your dinner table. Perfect for busy nights!

I don’t know about you, but this time of year is crazy for us. With school and homework, cross country, cheerleading, swimming…our nights our busy. I’m always on the hunt for an easy dinner.

This One Pot Chili Mac is not only easy, but just like the name, it’s literally one pot. I have one of these pots that I love to make this meal in (it’s also great for soups and stews)! You can brown your meat, then add all the ingredients, including the raw pasta. No need to boil the pasta separately! ENJOY!

In just 30 minutes, you can have this easy, healthy ONE POT Chili Mac on your dinner table. Perfect for busy nights!

What are you favorite busy night meals?

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Yield: 6-8 servings

One Pot Chili Mac

One Pot Chili Mac
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground turkey (or ground beef)
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) dice tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 oz) cannelllini beans (don't drain)
  • 1 can (16 oz) dark red kidney beans (don't drain)
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 16 oz uncooked elbows pasta
  • 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Instructions

  1. In a large dutch oven (or soup pot), combine onion and ground turkey over medium high heat. Cook until browned, about 5-8 minutes, making sure to crumble as it cooks.
  2. Add the chicken broth, water, tomatoes, beans, salt, chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper and pasta. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for an additional 15 minutes, until noodles are soft and tender. Stir occasionally so the noodles don't stick to the bottom of the pan. Add in one cup of the shredded cheddar cheese and stir into pot of chili.
  3. To serve, add a ladle of the chili mac to a bowl and sprinkle on additional cheese, if desired. ENJOY.

Notes

**I use sodium free diced tomatoes and add limited salt to my pot of chili mac. Add more salt as needed when serving, to taste!

Here are some of my favorite weeknight meal ideas:

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 Bacon Cheeseburger Braid: all your favorite cheeseburger toppings in one easy to eat (easy to make) dinner! Ready in 30 minutes!

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 Saucy Cheesesteak Hoagies: a fun twist to dinner, using deli meat for a quick weeknight meal!

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Cajun Chicken Pasta: another 30 minute meal idea with TONS of flavor!

If you love today’s quick dinner idea…here are some recipes from my friends:

In just 30 minutes, you can have this easy, healthy ONE POT Chili Mac on your dinner table. Perfect for busy nights!

In just 30 minutes, you can have this easy, healthy ONE POT Chili Mac on your dinner table. Perfect for busy nights!

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11 comments on “One Pot Chili Mac”

  1. Your kids are SO busy! But I guess that’s what I was like in high school too! I hope they tell you how much they appreciate you making dinner! 🙂

  2. Dear Aimee, delighted to see this recipe this morning. (My children will be too.) I boiled a pot of water the other day, added the pasta, and the water overflowed big time! Never had it happen quite like this. Something crucial must have gotten wet, and strangely, it put my entire oven out of commission. The door locked and the clock display doesn’t even work. Grrrr. I’m waiting on a repairman ’til the end of the week. The good news is the gas cook top miraculously still works and this yummy recipe doesn’t need the oven. Looking forward to dinner!

  3. Chili is one of my go-to meals, especially during the cooler months! It is so easy to throw together! 

  4. Darlene

    can you switch to beef broth when making it with ground beef? or would that change the flavor too much?

    • Nope it would be perfect. I like to use low sodium chicken broth (even in beef recipes). I find low sodium beef broth doesn’t have as much flavor as the chicken version. But you can totally swap out and use beef broth for this recipe, and it will taste amazing 🙂

  5. Yessss! I love one pot meals and I am so ready to start making chili nonstop! It’s so exciting when you throw something together and it ends up being a new favorite. This looks like the perfect fall meal 🙂

  6. I hear ya on the busy!  It has been crazy town over here too.  I am always looking for easy peasy meals to feed this hungry crowd.  Pasta and chili is always a good combo!

  7. What a great one pot meal! Perfect comfort food!

  8. Liz

    Aimee, what are your thoughts on using a slowcooker for this recipe?  I take care of an elderly couple and need hearty simple meals like this so I can put together and leave. 

  9. Darlene Leonard

    Is there a way to change the recipe to make it in a crockpot?

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