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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    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!
    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!!
    I put some tillamook cheese on top! It was great!
    One of my family's favorites! I always add drained chili beans to the mix.
    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.
    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!!
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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!
    so good im slobing out the mouth
    pretty good. I added chile sauce to it to add some depth and sweetness.
    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.
    Great flavor will definetly make it again!!
    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?
    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.
    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!
    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 Post comments and reviews pls check out! Thanx!!!
    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!!!
    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!
    i added some nacsho cheese soup and come leftover black bean and corn is soooooo goood! any ideas of what you could serve with it as a side dish or bread?
    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.
    For people who like good food you won't want to try this recipe. AWFUL
    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!
    Great recipe. Everyone loved it!
    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!
    easy and very good. my family really likes this dish.
    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.
    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 :-)
    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.
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