Make 30 Minute Chili Mac if You Need a Large Dinner on the Table Fast
30 Minute Chili Mac is one of those great go-to recipes that you can easily make just from scrounging in your pantry. You need dinner on the table like, yesterday, for your ravenous children who are complaining they are starving to death? (Mine certainly give me this treatment on a regular basis, even if they’ve just stuffed their faces an hour before…) Look no further than The Goldilocks Kitchen for the answer! (Man that’s cheesy! Hahaha!)
You may think my hamburger is looking a little funky in the picture below, well you have a good eye! I cooked this up and made everyone sick.
Hahaha Just kidding!!! It looks funny because it’s not beef it’s ground elk. We have a freezer full, so I’m trying to cook it up as often as I can. It’s about as lean as you can get as far as red meat, and doesn’t taste bad as long as you cook it with some great flavorings. Which you will find in this recipe for 30 Minute Chili Mac!
How to Make 30 Minute Chili Mac
You’ll cook up a pound of ground beef with diced onion and green chile (or bell pepper if chile isn’t available in your area) along with cumin and chili powder. I also add a generous pinch of salt.
Then pressed garlic and brown sugar are added and cooked just long enough to bloom the flavor of the garlic (about 30 seconds is all it needs).
Then chicken broth, tomato sauce and macaroni are poured in and stirred into the ground beef mixture. Bring to a good simmer, then cover and turn the heat to medium low, adjusting to keep the mixture at a good simmer.
When all is said and done, stir in a cup of shredded Mexican cheese blend to make it extra ooey gooey delicious!
Here’s a closeup of the ooey gooey deliciousness of 30 Minute Chili Mac!
I highly recommend you use a 12 inch deep-sided skillet to make this meal. I started out with the 12 regular skillet and it could have held all this food, but it would be pretty tough to stir it without major spills and cleanup afterwards…which nobody wants….
Don’t forget to pile more cheese onto individual servings of 30 Minute Chili Mac and watch it melt over the hot food. My kids gobble this up, and I bet yours will too. As always, I love your comments and please rate this recipe, it’s super helpful to me. Enjoy!
30 Minute chili Mac
Yield 6-8 servings
Feed your family fast with this delicious recipe for 30 Minute Chili Mac. Perfect for any weeknight dinner for a large family or for entertaining guests on a Weekend afternoon.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small onion, minced
- 1 Anaheim chile pepper (or 1/2 green bell pepper), minced
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin powder
- 3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 8 ounces elbow macaroni
- 1 (8 ounce) package of shredded Mexican cheese blend
- In a deep-sided 12 inch skillet with a well fitting lid, heat vegetable oil over medium high heat. Add beef, onion, chile or bell pepper, chili powder and cumin powder. Mix and cook, seasoning with a generous pinch of salt and and pepper, until the beef is no longer pink.
- Stir in garlic and brown sugar and cook for about a minute. Then pour in the tomato sauce, chicken broth and macaroni. Stir and bring to a good simmer, then cover.
- Cook covered, turning the heat down to medium low, for about 10-12 minutes or until the macaroni is tender. Stir in about half the cheese, and top individual servings with additional cheese.
Serving Size 3/4 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12.5 g
Saturated Fat 5.4 g
Cholesterol 66 mg
Sodium 760 mg
Total Carbohydrates 30.5 g
Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
Sugars 6.4 g
Protein 30.3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.