Chili Mac

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pound corkscrew shaped pasta with lines or elbows with lines
  • 2 pounds ground sirloin
  • 2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan in a slow stream) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seed and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 palm fuls) dark chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons (1 palm ful) cumin
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper sauce
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 cup beer or beef broth
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • Chopped scallions, for garnish
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

In a large pot, boil pasta until al dente.

Meanwhile, in a big, deep pot, brown beef in oil over medium high heat. Add onions, peppers, and garlic. Season meat mixture with chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and salt. Cook together 5 minutes, stir in beer or broth, and reduce liquid by half, 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes.

Drain pasta. Add hot pasta to chili pot and stir to coat pasta evenly. Remove from heat and garnish big bowlfuls of chili mac with chopped scallions.


CATEGORIES:
View All

Cooking Tips
More Recipes and Ideas
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
4.4 62
Me it once...and now the family requests it all the time! I use half the chili powder... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is a winner everytime I make it. Enjoyed by all. I have had no problems or complaints regarding the chili powder or cumin amounts at all. I have started adding a can of drained and rinsed pinto beans when I add in the tomatoes and everyone likes it more with the beans. I have for several years now, added more chili powder and cumin then the recipe calls for. I mean, come on, it is chili mac! Family here in Dallas likes their chili spicy. I also add two or more jalapenos. This recipe definitely gets your taste buds dancing around and if you do like "spicy", it ll get your tail wagging! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Talk about a "kick"!!! Wow! Glad I only used 2T instead of 3T of the chili powder. Had to use fire roasted crushed tomatoes since there wasn't 'normal' ones available. With that said I knew it would be good since you can't go wrong with Rachael's recipes!! Bland? Heck no! Tomatoey? Not at all. Try it.....adapt it if needed...enjoy it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I put some tillamook cheese on top! It was great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of my family's favorites! I always add drained chili beans to the mix. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used 3 serrano chili peppers vice the 2 jalapenos with success! But I found 2T(tablespoons of cumin to be WAY too overwhelming! I'll cut the cumin in half in the future, otherwise a good easy comfort food with a 4* star rating. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really good. I had been looking for a beef & macaroni dish with a tomato base but kept getting ghoulash results. This was exactly what I was looking for. I made some modifications: 1 Didnt use jalapenos. Just added a little cayenne 2 I reduced the recipe to half as I was only making for me & my honey. 3 I added a little italian sausage to it. Cut the casing off and pinched little pieces off and added to the ground beef in the pot. YUM!! 4 I also added a little A1 sauce & worcestire once everything was combined in the pot. Gave it an extra beefy meaty flavor that my meat & potato guy loves. 5 I used Barilla elbows w. the ridges which stuck to the sauce well. This will def be added to the repetoire. My honey was pleasantly surprised. Oh I also sprinkled a little grated parmesan on top in my individual bowl. Delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I really liked this dish. I did do some modifications however. I only used one jalepeno,one pound of meat, and two cups of dry elbow macaroni. I found the consistency to be just right where it had a bit of sauce but not too much and the spiciness just enough but not too much. Really tasty! Another one to put in the recipe book! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very dissapointing! Not tomato-y at all - a thin "juice" coveres the mac if you can call it that. Not what I expected at all. i added a total of 4 jalepenos and still not much heat. Maybe my penos weren't very hot - but my fingers say otherwiae. I would not want to serve this to company. I followed the recipe exactly, so I'm not sure what went wrong - or maybe this is just the way it is supposed to be. I will try another recipe next time I want chili mac - not saving this one. Sorry, Rachael. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good! Makes a ton but I am looking forward to leftovers. Used Emeril's green pepper sauce (made with jalepenos) instead of cayenne and peppers because I was out. It had great kick but not too much. Would definitely make again but this time for a crowd. item not reviewed by moderator and published
At least once a week, I ask my husband what he wants for dinner. Without fail he says "Chili Mac". I was NOT a chili mac fan EVER. But this is a really good recipe. Quick, easy and simple. You can tweak it as you want it, more or less spicy. But just really good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
so good im slobing out the mouth item not reviewed by moderator and published
pretty good. I added chile sauce to it to add some depth and sweetness. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not a big chili mac fan. But I ♥ this recipe! I took another reviewer's advice and added a single can of condensed cheese soup. It was really good before I added it and that was the crowning touch. I used just a little pepper sauce, but a good size tablespoon of cayenne pepper as well (we like it spicy!. I also used a very dark ale for the beer. I whipped up some honey butter cornbread and it was good eating! This makes quite a bit which is perfect for my family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great flavor will definetly make it again!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I halved this recipe since the Army wouldn't be coming by this evening. Yeah, this recipe makes a TON, so if you want a LOT of leftovers after feeding a family of 4, by all means, make the entire batch. I subbed ground buffalo for the sirloin & still used a whole pound. Used regular elbows cuz that's what I had, along with (2) 14-oz cans of diced tomatoes, 1/2 can of Bud Light and about 1/4 of a jarred, finely diced jalapeno because fresh jalapenos would have been too much for a toddler to bear. After the addition of the spices, the meat smelled FABULOUS while it was browning! Unfortunately, it seemed to lack something after the entire dish was assembled. I will make this again, perhaps with some sharp cheddar melted on top. Maybe that will make the difference? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe as written although I cut it in half as I was not feeding 8. I used Tobasco brand for the cayenne pepper sauce, Blue Moon beer (not the beef broth as I didn't have any) & Ronzini rotelle as that is what I had in my cupboard. However I would have preferred to use elbows as think the spirals are too big for this not so saucy sauce. Plus elbows are just what come to mind when I think of Mom's chili mac. I love spicy food so I was thrilled to make Racheal's version of this classic. I even used Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies as that was what I had on hand. I didn't have fresh jalepenos so at the end before I added the pasta, I put in a spoonful of jarred diced jalepenoes which I had in the fridge. I had a small serving with grated cheese & green onion and in my opinion this recipe just seems to be missing something. This recipe goes to 4 stars with the addition of a can of Campbells Condensed chedder cheese at the end. It's not a strong cheesy taste, but it adds just the right amount of "glue" that I think this dish needs to be cohesive. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this for my family twice now, and they love it. I skip the pepper sauce, and add 28 ounces of both crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes. I feel like it coats the pasta better. I also added some corn last time, which seemed to take away some of the kick. Very delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe tastes amazing. Gonna try it out for sure this super bowl sunday. If you like recipes like this one pls check out my website http://www.cookingfood14.webs.com/ Post comments and reviews pls check out! Thanx!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this with venison and it was delicious. I didn't put the pepper sauce in though. I didn't want it to be too hot since I have kids eating it. Definately will make again!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious Recipe! I added one can of kidney beans, and it was great! I didn't have an onion so I added onion powder, it had a great flavor. My whole family loved it and I didn't have to turn on the oven! We put sour cream and cheddar on at the end, Easy,fast, and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i added some nacsho cheese soup and come leftover black bean and corn salsa...it is soooooo goood! any ideas of what you could serve with it as a side dish or bread? item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I were both in the military and, like someone else posted, chili mac was one meal we always looked forward to at the chow hall. Of course, Rachael's version is a thousand times better! This recipe has a lot of flavor and a little kick to it- I like to make this in the fall/winter and add a little cheese and a dollop of sour cream on top. Hubby always goes back for seconds. The recipe makes quite a bit, but is easy to cut in half. item not reviewed by moderator and published
For people who like good food you won't want to try this recipe. AWFUL item not reviewed by moderator and published
My entire family loved this recipe! I added an additional jalapeno and extra chili powder, since we love extra spicy dishes. I didn't have cheyenne pepper sauce on-hand, so I used ground cheyenne pepper. All I can say is, "Yum!" This recipe did make a whole lot, leaving this family of three with a large quantity of leftovers. However, that's never a problem; we love leftovers...especially during soccer season! Good job, Rachael Ray! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. Everyone loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my goodness this was so yummy! I left out the cayenne and the jalapenos because I was taking it to a potluck. So many people came up to me wanting the recipe. I added colby/jack cheese to top it and it was delicious! My one year old is eating it up! item not reviewed by moderator and published
easy and very good. my family really likes this dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love chili mac. When I was in the military this was the only thing the mess hall made that I liked. It brings back good memories. Thanks Rachael, you are great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Although it was a little spicier than I like, my husband loved it. I didn't have pepper sauce so I used Cayenne Powder and only used 1 tbls. Still pretty spicy. If you want it less spicy, just add shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. It is GREAT!!! I will definitely make this again (with less hot :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
My kids loved the chili but too much mac (for them). I thought it was great and was even better with some cheese on top. Yum. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the dish to my taste. It was tasty, quick, and easy. Perfect for a small party. item not reviewed by moderator and published
There are NEVER any leftovers for this one. Not too hot, so the whole family can enjoy it. I shaved off the inside lining of the jalape?os to curb some of the heat tho. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for the Pre Super Bowl Game (2007), It was a huge hit! Everybody loved the flavor,and the fact it was not some fancy dish. I was told that it felt like a real game day dish. And it started a whole conversation of comfort foods! It was also very easy to make. Thanks Rachael for another great dish! Michelle N. Virginia item not reviewed by moderator and published
The meat was definitely well flavored. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe. I followed ther recipe but made it to a "casserole bake". I added extra cheese for a topping at the end od the baking and my husband absolutely LOVED it. have made it 3-4 times in the past 2 months at HIS request. It's nice to have someom=ne like something enough to ask for me to make it instead of saying, "whatever you make is fine, honey." Thanks Rachel. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, simple and very tasty...but be careful may be too spicy for some. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A great spicy dish for the whole family. Tried this on a chilly Fall evening and it turned out fantastic. Even better the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty...easy to make, and quick...just the way I like it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and fast and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I all loved Rachel's Chili Mac. Very easy to prepare and, oh, so spicy! I made it exactly as written, except only put in 1 tablespoon of hot sauce. This is a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is rather bland, even after I kicked it up with extra chili powder and some chipotle pepper sauce. It's ok, but it's not a stellar dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made a similiar dish to this for years and I always thought it was missing something. Now I know what it was...heat! This recipe has a spicy kick that gives excellent flavor. We made it with beer and whole grain macaroni. I will never make my old dish again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't think this recipe had much flavor.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved it and requests it often. Better than your run of the mill chili. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this recipe, and my family did to. And it was easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Anytime I fix a recipe from Rachel Ray my husband loves it!!! This one was very easy to make and had excellent flavor! She's got my husband trying ingredients I never would have dreamed him eating!!! You the bomb! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Maybe because I left out the hot peppers figuring my daughter would not eat it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great chili with or without the pasta. I added black beans and it was a hit! Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is quick, simple and tasty. You can always add the spices you like if you feel the need. I love these recipes that have all the staples I keep on hand, and that can be made at the last minute without running to the store! Thanks Rachael! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made this recipe today and i didn't find it very tasty i thought it was pretty bland not enough of something to me i thought it needed something else to make it more flavorful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the most delicious chili mac I've ever had! I've already made it twice and everyone loves it. It's got a kick to it. I'll keep making over and over again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this Saturday, 2/5/05, & have the following suggestions: 1. Have your spices open "before" you begin to cook. 2. Use the sirloin hamburger that the recipe states & don't substitute lean hambuger. You'll get the flavor that the recipe calls for. 3. Don't over cook the spiral noodles. Maybe even start them later so they don't sit to long. 4. Don't use diced tomatoes unless you break them up more or add an extra 1/4 -1/2 can more. 5. If you don't like your foods HOT, use less spice(s). My 22 year old son & I love spicy, hot foods. My son asked me if he could rate my cooking & the receipe. He gave the recipe a 4, because I cooked the noodles to long; the lean meat I used tasted dry; it needed more tomatoes, & a little less spice. I really enjoyed cooking the recipe & really felt like I had to do it in 30 minutes. Before you know it -it's done. I had a lot of fun & will try lots more of Rachael Ray's recipes. I bought her kids cooking book because I like photos. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Something I will make every day item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow this dish made tons of food. I cut the spices back just a little and it was plenty spicy still. I also topped with a little shredded cheese. Excellent meal. Have plenty of leftovers for tonight. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wanted a little more spice in this dish so make sure it taste as you go. Also, use a quality pasta-- one that can stand up to a thick meat sauce. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and it's heavenly. Overall, delicious! I will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Its the best chili mac I've ever had and my family loves it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband loves this recipe...Great Winter Dinner item not reviewed by moderator and published
We followed this recipe exactly except we used whole wheat pasta spirals. It was terrific. We love hot, spicy chili anyway, and these seasonings made a great blend. We used Frank's for the hot sauce with no complaints! A must try for all who like the heat! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added a little extra garlic and mushroms. Very good though, served with garlic bread and I topped with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It IS easy to make. I used a full 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes, instead of 14 ounces. And I don't know if Tobasco is Cayenne pepper sauce - so I only used 1 1/2 tbsp instead of 2 - and I'm glad I did, cause any more would have been too much - unless you're really into the spicey. And we really enjoyed it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish has a kick i enjoyed making it and everyone enjoyed eating it. Gotta give it a try you all. Keep it up Rachel. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made.. item not reviewed by moderator and published

This recipe is featured in:

Tailgating