Chili Mac

Total Time:
40 min
15 min
25 min

8 servings

  • 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

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.

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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
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