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Chili Mac and Chees

 A homemade Chili with the addition of macaroni and cheese = Chili Mac ‘n Cheese! This is terrifically moorish and a fabulous one pot meal. Super quick too
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Beef
Servings 5 People
Calories 768 kcal


  • ▢ 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ▢ 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ▢ 1 onion finely chopped
  • ▢ 1 red capsicum / bell pepper chopped
  • ▢ 500g / 1 lb ground beef mince , I use lean
  • ▢ 800g / 28 oz crushed canned tomato
  • ▢ 420g / 14 oz can red kidney beans drained
  • ▢ 2 1/2 cups 625 ml beef broth (chicken broth also ok)
  • ▢ 250g / 8 oz elbow macaroni pasta elbow pasta, uncooked
  • ▢ 2 cups 200g shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, tasty cheese)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup coriander / cilantro finely chopped for garnish


  • ▢ 1 tsp cayenne pepper or pure chilli powder adjust spiciness to taste
  • ▢ 2 tsp paprika powder
  • ▢ 2 tsp cumin powder
  • ▢ 1 1/2 tsp onion powder can sub garlic powder
  • ▢ 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ▢ 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • ▢ 1 1/4 tsp salt


  • Heat oil in large pot over high heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for 1 minute. Then add capsicum and cook until onion is translucent.
  • Add beef and cook, breaking it up as you go.
  • Once the beef turns from red to brown, add remaining ingredients except cheese. Stir, bring to simmer, then turn the heat down to medium.
  • Cover and cook for 12 minutes or until the macaroni is al dente, meaning just cooked, still a tiny bit on the firm side. It should be saucy but not tons of liquid (see video).
  • Turn the stove OFF but leave the pot on the stove. Stir through half the cheese – it should be a bit saucy. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Top with remaining cheese, put the lid back on and leave until the cheese melts - about 2 minutes (sauce will absorb further during this period).
  • Sprinkle with coriander, if desired, and serve immediately.


This recipe is sponsored by Mediterranean Supermarket 
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