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One Pan Chili Mac


One Pan Chili Mac

This is truly a one pan recipe!!  For reals!!  Some recipes say they are one pan, but then you find yourself washing that pan five times during the course of a five hour escapade of what was billed as the easiest one pan recipe known to man.

Beware of pretty pics with words on pinterest.  Most of them will lie to you.


One Pan Chili Mac

This recipe is no lie.  It’s just easy, scrumptious, and quick!  Cross my heart, hope to fly(I know it’s originally die, but well I just changed it, so there), stick a needle in my eye.  I truly am, hypothetically speaking, willing to jab my eyes out and take flight all in the name of helping you get your family around the table without much stress!


One Pan Chili MacSpring is so busy.  Who am I kidding every season is busy these days.  There honestly is not a season anymore that I feel is less busy than the other.  Life is simply busy!  As hard as I’ve tried to slow down and not over commit, life is still nipping at my heals keeping me running!

So if you feel the same, life is busy, you can’t find time to make dinner, give this recipe a try.  It was developed out of the need to get dinner on the table quick, without much mess, because who has time to do dishes?

I hope you love it!

Easy One Pan Chili Mac

Sheila Johnson
Perfect one pan tasty meal that will fill up their tummies and keep them coming back for more!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course dinner, Main Course, potluck
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • 1 deep 12" skillet


  • 1 pound lean ground beef you can substitute ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning mixture
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/1 cups water
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese split in half for recipe half is used on top
  • cilantro and fritos for garnish


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  • Brown ground beef with onion, garlic, and peppers in a large oven proof skillet. When meat is no longer pink, and vegetables are soft, add spices, and the can of tomatoes, add macaroni(uncooked). Stir to combine. Remove from heat and add water and half the cheese, stir. Top with remaining cheese and bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.


This recipe makes a generous amount and can easily be cut in half for a smaller family. 
Keyword cheese, chili, dinner, easy, easy meal, macaroni, noodles, one pan, potluck, quick
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One Pan Chili MacWe’ve found it to be marvelous scooped up with Fritos!  Winner, winner, Chili Mac for dinner!!


XO, Sheila


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