Pasta of the Month – Chili Mac

When I was a kid, my dad made us chili mac.  I always thought this was dad’s own invention and we loved it growing up! (But as I learned, it was not his own creation).  As I prepared to write this post, I decided to learn more about chili mac.  About the only thing I could find was that it was a dish that originated and is rather common in the mid-west.

Dad made his with ground beef and kidney beans.  At my house we prefer shredded beef and my husband does not like kidney beans.  So here is MY version of chili mac!  Hope you enjoy!

chili mac

What you need:

  • 1 to 1 ½ pound chuck roast
  • 1 Tablespoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon regular chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • ¼ cup masa flour
  • 1 can of pinto beans, drained
  • 2 cups cooked macaroni


How to Do it:

Place the roast in the crock pot and top with spices, onion and tomatoes.  Cook on low for 8 hours, or until the meat falls apart.

Take out about ¼ cup of liquid and mix it with the masa to form a paste.


Stir the paste into the meat mixture and continue to cook about 30 minutes.  The chili will thicken.

Stir in the macaroni and cook on low about 30 more minutes to heat through.

Serve with your favorite condiments.  We like grated cheddar, chopped onions and a bit of cilantro.


Serves 4


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22 Responses to Pasta of the Month – Chili Mac

  1. Amanda says:

    Love Chili Mac but I’m lazy and use the boxed kind (shh…don’t tell). Thanks for linking up to the Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesday linky, I can’t wait to see what you create next week!

  2. Oh, I am pinning this! This pasta looks magnificent, and I am so hungry now that I wish I had some.

  3. Hi Helen, this sounds delish! Thank you for sharing it with #SimplifyWednesdays !

  4. Helen, I love chili and mac, Years ago I worked in a restaurant that actually had a chili mac dish, so so good. This was a great post to share on Friday Favorites and hope you will stop by next week to share more.

    • PS I see the shareaholic ads are working now.

      • HelenFern says:

        Yeah – I have so much to figure out on them!! And my google ads are back so I’m trying to decide if maybe there are too many!! LOL

        Karren – thank you for all the help and support and friendship you have given me the last couple of years. It’s people like you that make blogging fun.

    • HelenFern says:

      You bet I’ll stop by!! I love both your parties – and I was surprised at how common chili mac is in parts of the US – I thought dad made it up!! But the mid-west seems to be Chili mac country and he was from Chicago!!

  5. Yum – and this sounds so filling, too! So glad you joined us at #FridayFrivolity again this week!

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  7. janice wald says:

    Hi Helen,
    This recipe sounds like something I’d like.
    Thank you for coming to last week’s Blogger’s Pit Stop. I would have thanked you sooner, but I am on a cruise ship where the Internet is often down.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

    • HelenFern says:

      Wow – I wouldn’t have worried about it if I were on a cruise!! Kick back and enjoy – the work will wait!! And thanks for stopping by!!

  8. Yum, this looks so tasty! x #FridayFrivolity

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