Quick and Easy Skillet Dinner —Chili Mac

    Posted by  ·  September 4, 2009

    This is an easy meal that can be made in about 30 minutes.  It is not fancy or pretty, but it is quick and yummy!


    Chili Mac Recipe

    1 lb lean ground beef (I use lean ground turkey)

    1 small to medium onion, chopped

    1 bell pepper (any color), chopped

    3-4 cloves garlic, pressed

    2 cups pasta (like elbow macaroni  or I use Heartland 100% Whole Wheat Rotini), uncooked

    2 cans – 14.5 diced tomatoes (or 1 -28 ounce can) undrained

    1 cup water

    2 tsp. cumin

    1 Tablespoon chili powder

    salt and pepper

    1 – 2 cups grated cheddar cheese

    In large skillet, brown meat (remove excess fat if necessary). Add onion, peppers and garlic, cook until vegetables are tender. Stir in spices and heat a minute until fragrant. Add water, tomatoes and uncooked pasta. Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until pasta is tender. Uncover and cook another 5 minutes, sprinkle grated cheese on top.  Enjoy!

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    1. Cara
      Monday, September 22nd, 2014
      Pasta did NOT cook in mixture.. Bad bad idea
    2. Thursday, March 31st, 2011
      This was a great recipe. Thanks for sharing. Tried it last night. Quick and easy and my kids want it again tonight! All round success.
    3. Friday, April 9th, 2010
      Sounds delish! I'll have to try this recipe out this week! Thanks for sharing!
    4. Monday, February 8th, 2010
      That looks SO, SO yummy!
    5. Sunday, September 6th, 2009
      Trying this today...added some Dark Red Kidney Beans...it's so YUMMY! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us! =)
    6. Lisa B.
      Friday, September 4th, 2009
      My kids will LOVE this..yum!!

    7. Friday, September 4th, 2009
      mmm... makes me long for a fall evening especially!
    8. Friday, September 4th, 2009
      I think I will have this today thanks for sharing.
    9. Friday, September 4th, 2009
      This looks yummy -- plus easy. I'll have to try it.
    10. Friday, September 4th, 2009
      Oooh! My family thanks you for dinner tonight!