This easy chili mac recipe is a one-pot meal that will please the whole family. It’s budget-friendly and uses a combination of fresh and pantry ingredients for a homemade taste without a lot of fuss.


oil, ground beef, chili powder, salt, garlic powder, cumin, pepper, cayenne pepper, onion, garlic, tomato paste, beef broth, can diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Worcestershire, bay leaf, dried chili pepper, can red beans, macaroni


Cook the beef and seasonings in a large pot over medium heat for 5-6 minutes until browned.

Brown the beef


Still on medium heat add the onions, cook for 2 minutes. Stir frequently.

Cook the onions


Next, add the garlic and tomato paste, cook for 1 minute. Stir often.

Cook the garlic


Add the beef broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, and dried chili peppers. Cover and cook (simmering) for 15 minutes.

Add the liquid


Raise the heat, add the red beans to the pot, stir. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep it at a simmer, raise or lower the heat as needed.

Add Red Beans


Raise the heat and bring the liquid to a boil. Add the macaroni to the pot while stirring. Then lower the heat to medium and cook uncovered for 15 minutes. Stir often.

Add Macaroni

Turn off the heat, cover and let it sit for 5 minutes. Taste, add salt if needed. Remove the bay leaf and peppers. Serve with shredded cheese and sliced green onions.