Photo: Oxmoor House
8 servings (serving size: 1 cup beef mixture and 2 tablespoons cheese)

This simple beef-and-cheese dinner makes a great kid-friendly option for busy school nights. Plus, since it calls for onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, kidney beans, and corn, chili mac is a great way to sneak extra veggies into your kids' diets. For more beef dinners, see our complete collection of beef recipes.

How to Make It

Cook first 4 ingredients in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to crumble beef. Drain well; wipe drippings from pan with paper towels. Return beef mixture to pan; stir in macaroni and next 9 ingredients (macaroni through tomato paste). Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon onto each of 8 plates; top with cheese.

Ratings & Reviews

Lindon's Review

April 08, 2013
I made this last weekend and it was great. I like spicy food, so I doubled the chile powder and cumin. I had a bite, but not too much. Next time I make it, I will replace the bell pepper with a few fesh jalepeno peppers.

annaxbarie's Review

June 09, 2012
Delicious. Added tabasco sauce to the mix like I do with my chili recipe. I like chili to be a bit spicy and I find chili powder alone just adds a smokey flavor. Also, I used leftover taco meat from last night. Made this a really great easy lunch idea. No dicing or slicing. =]

DSwan09's Review

August 14, 2011
My family loves this recipe! It's easy to make and tastes delicious. It also freezes well, which is great because it makes a lot!

Erin406's Review

May 22, 2011
I was hopeful that this would be a recipe even my toddler would enjoy but that wasn't the case. The dish is listed as child-friendly but the chili powder made it way too spicy to serve to my child. My husband and I ate it and while I was pleased with the amount of vegetables in this one dish meal, my husband would have preferred it without any. I would not make it again but for someone who likes goulash, this would be a hit.

lwallb's Review

May 26, 2010
Quite tasty, but even with all the canned ingredients, it still needed a bit of salt. We just sprinkled a bit on each serving, so maybe 1/2-1 tsp for the whole batch? Definitely worthy of my permanent recipe file!

heidimotsch's Review

January 18, 2010
You can't get any better than this when looking for a tasty, hearty, quick and easy recipe. I'd maybe bring it to a potluck, but wouldn't serve it for a special occasion. Still, it's too good to only give three stars. I always make the notable change of using textured veggie crumbles in place of the beef, makes it WAY healthier and does not affect the flavor-plus it's quicker that way too.