One Pot Chili Mac

One Pot Chili Mac in a green bowl

One thing about me is I love quick and simple .I don’t know about most of you but certain times of the year we are on the run with our kids’ activities almost every night of the week. The fall is super busy for us and I am always in a hurry getting a meal on the table . Since we aren’t a fast food kind of family I love one pot meals. If I can have a meal cooked and on the table in under an hour I am a rockstar. This One Pot Chili Mac is not only quick but full of flavor. Using seasoning packets makes this a cinch  and even a beginner cook can make this meal in a flash. This is a family favorite at our house and it is easy on the pocket book. Serve with a little side salad or a bag of steamed veggies and you will have a perfect meal your family will love.

Let’s Make this One Pot Chili Mac!!

Like all good meals I start with a whole chopped onion and 2 pounds of ground meat. Feeding a family of boys the more meat the better! Make sure you start off in a good sized pot since there will be a lot of liquid added.

Meat and onion

Brown the ground meat and then drain all the grease off

cooked meat and onion

Add the can of tomato sauce. Fill the can with water and add that also

adding sauce

Add the can of tomatoes with chiles and fill that can with water also and add it. This adds a little bit of a kick , if you don’t like that just add diced tomatoes.

adding rotel

Time for the flavor..Add the two packets of chili seasoning

adding chili seasoning

Now add the chili beans

adding beans

Bring it up to a boil

add liquid

Add 1 pound of macaroni pasta

add pasta

Give a good stir and once it comes back up to a boil turn down the heat to low


After turning down the burner to low place a lid on top of the pot


Over the next 30 minutes or so give this a stir a few times and replace the lid

Piping hot one pot chili mac

Once the pasta is done stir in 1 cup of cheese.

add cheese

The perfect one pot meal!!

cheese melted

Top with a little extra cheese

up close one pot chili mac on a bowl


cheesy fork full of one pot chili mac

If you love this recipe check out my Meatballs and Brown Gravy!


One Pot Chili Mac

5 from 3 votes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 -8


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 29 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 10 oz can of diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • water- fill the 29oz and 10oz cans
  • 2 packets of chili seasoning
  • 15 oz can chili beans
  • 1 pound macaroni pasta
  • 1 cup Shredded Mexican style cheese-plus extra for each serving


  • In a large soup pot brown ground meat and onion of high heat
  • Drain the grease off the meat
  • Pour in the tomato sauce , fill the can with water and pour that in also
  • Pour the diced tomatoes with chillies in and fill that can with water also and add it
  • Add the chili packets and give a good stir
  • Add the chili beans
  • Bring the mixture up to a slow boil
  • Add the macaroni
  • Once the mixture returns to a boil turn the heat down to low and place the lid on the pot
  • Over the next 30 minutes give the mixture a stir every now and then and replace the lid
  • Once the pasta is done stir in one cup of cheeseg
  • Sprinkle a little extra cheese on top of each serving
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6 years ago

Wonder and delicious! !!! My family loved it…..

4 years ago

it calls for 1 pound of macaroni. I buy macaroni in bulk. How many cups is needed to make a pound.