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Chili Mac Skillet Meal

This easy one pot Chili Mac is a comforting meal using simple ingredients like kidney beans, strained tomatoes, garlic and onions to create a soul warming dish the entire family will love.

One pot meals are a staple in our house – they make weeknight meals so easy and definitely don’t lack in flavor, plus there is a lot less clean up too which is always a bonus. This Chili Mac is no exception; a simple combination of ingredients come together in under an hour (including prep time) to give you a hearty meal you will devour.

Skillet of Chili Mac with wooden spoon resting on the side and a white bowl with single serving.

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  • Onion
  • Bell Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Jalapeno
  • Tomato Paste
  • Strained Tomatoes
  • Adobe Chilies in Sauce
  • Kidney Beans
  • Beef (or vegetable) Stock
  • Macaroni Pasta
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt, Pepper, Ground Cumin and Chili Powder
Chopped onions and Bell Peppers on cutting board with garlic, jalapeno and spices

Dietary Variations

There are a couple of very easy substitutions you can make if you’re looking to make this Chili Mac fit into your lifestyle, whether that be Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten Free.

If you’re looking for a vegetarian version you will simply want to use vegetable stock in place of the beef stock. If you want to make it full vegan then you will need to also make sure to use a vegan cheese to replace the cheddar. Lastly, if you want to make this skillet meal gluten free a simple switch to corn tortillas will do the trick!

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Yield: 6 people

Chili Mac Tortilla Pie

White bowl with Chili Mac on top of tea towel with a stainless steel skillet in the background

An incredibly easy one pot Chili Mac that is full of flavor! Creamy cheddar cheese mixes with the spices, tomato sauce and kidney beans to smother the macaroni for flavorful bites each time.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion - diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic - minced
  • 2 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Bell Pepper - diced
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper - small dice
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 Adobe Chili with Sauce - chopped
  • 1 jar Strained Tomatoes
  • 1 can Red Kidney Beans - drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups Beef Stock
  • 1 box Elbow Macaroni Pasta, 280g
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese - grated, divided
  • 2 10" Tortillas - cut into strips
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add in garlic, jalapeno and bell pepper and cook for another 2 minutes to soften.
  3. Stir in tomato paste, adobe chili, chili powder, cumin, salt & pepper and cook for 2 minutes - stirring frequently to coat the vegetables.
  4. Add tomato sauce, beans, stock and pasta and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes (until the pasta is al dente - just below cooked)
  5. Stir in half of the cheddar cheese, mixing well. Top the pasta with cut tortilla strips and remaining cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until top is golden. Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1.5 cups

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 699Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 1372mgCarbohydrates: 80gFiber: 8gSugar: 5gProtein: 31g

Note, nutritional values are not always 100% accurate

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