Tasted great. Froze 1/2 the batch without the pasta (I'll cook pasta and toss with defrosted meat/bean mix, then top with cheese and bake). Will definitely be in our rotation, and I can see other meat substitutes working well with this (crumbles, crumbled tofu, or even possibly no meat at all and more beans). This will remain in our winter rotation of go to easy freezer meals!
LisaR123 Posted: 02/17/14
CookingDad27 Posted: 03/24/14
i made this tonight and was super impressed. We had been making the Weight Watchers Chili Mac for awhile and this one was better. great mixture. I found prepping the night before and doing three containers (kidney beans, mushrooms/onion/garlic and the pepper with spices) a good blueprint for coming home for a weeknight and being ready to cook! plus you get portions out of this that you can freeze!
westlick7 Posted: 03/08/14
This is the best chili mac I have ever had. I love recipes like this that are healthy, but you wouldn't know unless you were the one making it. It's very satisfying and the left-overs are even better. I followed the recipe exactly (except I used gluten free pasta) and absolutely loved the flavor. My husband loved this dish so much that he went back for seconds.
CherylT Posted: 02/21/14
This was a good, standard recipe. I used black beans as that's all I had on hand and they were fine. My only suggestion would be to add the the green peppers earlier in the recipe as they were still pretty crunchy in the end.
ktleyed Posted: 03/22/14
Whole family really liked this - Hamburger Helper without all the salt and preservatives!
jmaupin Posted: 03/05/14
Just OK. Found cumin to be overwhelming, would reduce if made again. Would also add green peppers earlier as they were too crunchy.
3Boys4Me77 Posted: 02/23/14
This was ok. It tasted good, but I found it labor-intensive. I did make my own sauce because I prefer it to store-bought, so that did add to the time of it a little bit. With finely chopping the pound of mushrooms and all the other chopping, the whole endeavor took a long time. I'm not sure I'd make it again.
AnglWords Posted: 07/10/14
This was really good. I was quite surprised. I didn't have smoky paprika but substituted half-sharp; also substituted medium hot chili powder for ancho chili. It was great and will make it again.
CraigfromSC Posted: 03/08/14
My family really liked this recipe. For the beans I used half kidney and half white beans. I also ran short of the marinara sauce to used some leftover TJ's tomato with roasted red pepper soup and it tasted fabulous. Also subbed red bell pepper for green as most in my family don't care for green bells and also threw in some roasted and skinned pablano pepper that I had leftover in the fridge. I will definitely be making this again.
Barbawana Posted: 07/02/14
Made as is, froze half, not great, but decent
wannabskinym Posted: 02/19/14
I love this recipe. It's very tasty. I had to cut down the cayenne pepper and the chipotle pepper as I wanted to make sure that my daughter could eat it without it being too hot. I made it with whole wheat rotini and I shredded the sharp cheddar myself (already had the food processor out for all the chopping). I can see this being good for a potluck as well.
LauryPflaum Posted: 02/18/14
really good, simple, cheap & easy to put together. We'll be putting this in the rotation regularly