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A bowl of Chili mac topped with cheese and green onions

One Pot Chili Mac

This tasty One Pot Chili Mac is an easy and filling meal that can be served up as a kid friendly family dinner or can feed a crowd while watching the game.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 440


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 12 ounce beer (I used pale ale)
  • 28 ounces plum tomatoes (I used canned smashed tomatoes (be sure there are no skins left))
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 15 ounces white kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 15 ounces kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow pasta (about 10 ounces )
  • Shredded sharp white cheddar cheese (optional but recommended)
  • Green onions (sliced (for garnish))


  • Using a heavy bottom pot or Dutch oven (I think mine is the 9 quart size and it was just big enough) over medium high heat, brown ground beef with onion and bell pepper until crumbly, about 10-15 minutes. Add garlic and cook for a few more minutes. Add beer and scrape all the wonderful bits off the bottom of the pot as it boils. Allow for almost all of the liquid to cook away. This should only take about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in canned tomatoes, chicken broth,beans, chili powder, cumin, Worcestershire, oregano, salt (see note), and pepper. Bring to a simmer and stir in pasta. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.
  • To serve, top with grated cheese and sliced green onions.


I found 1 tablespoon salt to be the perfect amount but you may want to start with just a teaspoon and add more to your liking.


Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 1261mg | Potassium: 1089mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1791IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 6mg