Chili Mac Skillet

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If you’re looking for an easy dinner idea that your whole family is going to love… this Chili Mac Skillet recipe is it!

Not only is it deliciously comforting, this Chili Mac skillet is done in about 20 minutes start to finish!  Perfect for those busy weeknights between school and swimming lessons.  While this is cooking, I usually prep a quick salad and slice some bread for a complete meal!

Chili Mac Skillet in a stainless steel skillet overhead with a wooden spoon in the background

In this recipe the onion is shredded using a cheese grater, this gives you maximum flavor in every bite (plus the kiddos don’t even know they’re in there!).   I have made this with ground turkey as well, the results were just as great!

Chili Mac skillet in a white bowl garnished with parsley, with the stainless still skillet in the background

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Chili Mac Skillet

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Casserole, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
If you’re looking for an easy dinner idea that your whole family is going to love… this Chili Mac Skillet recipe is it!


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  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3/4 lb dry macaroni noodles
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (I prefer low sodium)
  • 3 cups beef broth (I use low sodium)
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried parsley, basil and oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded

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  1. Grate the onion with a cheese grater. Add onion, beef and garlic to a pan over medium heat. Cook until no pink remains while breaking up the meat into small pieces. Drain any fat.
  2. Add crushed tomatoes, macaroni noodles, broth, sugar, bouillon and seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and cover. Stirring occasionally, let cook 11-13 minutes or until macaroni is cooked through.
  3. Stir in cheese. Serve hot.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 458, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 66mg, Sodium: 544mg, Potassium: 656mg, Carbohydrates: 47g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 27g, Vitamin A: 10.7%, Vitamin C: 2%, Calcium: 13.5%, Iron: 14.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. I’ve made this several times now. It’s really good as written, but, I do make changes. I dice onion, too oniony for me grated. Halve the sugar. I also add a can of chili beans, a little cayenne pepper for heat and extra cheese. Tonight I’m going to add some sliced hotdogs during the last 3 or 4 mins!
    Everyone, including picky kids, love this recipe! Thank you!

  2. I couldn’t find your nutritional information on the chili mac skillet meal. I need the calories and sodium content.

    1. Chili is not added to this recipe however the addition of beef, onion and chili powder add the flavor of chili to the recipe.

  3. I made this recipe last night, April 23, 2018, and my husband and I loved it. Easy to make, didn’t take long to cook. My hubby helped grate the cheese and grated way more than 1/2 cup, so our Crew of 7 dogs got some cheese last night. My hubby even took some chili mac for lunch. Great recipes here. Thank you

  4. I made this for dinner tonight for my husband and me. It is quite good. Served it with cooked carrots and my DH had a slice of bread. I made 1/2 batch of the chili mac and split that into half for another meal on Monday. So . . . I would say that the whole recipe serves 12.