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Chili Mac and Cheese

AB from Smokin and Grillin wit AB, back again with a recipe that’s guaranteed to blow your taste buds away! Today, I’m serving up a mouthwatering marriage of two classic comfort foods: Chili Mac and Cheese. Picture this: hearty chili meets creamy mac and cheese in one irresistible dish. Trust me, once you try this recipe, you’ll wonder why you haven’t made it sooner! So grab your apron and let’s dive into the deliciousness.

Why settle for just chili or mac and cheese when you can have both in one glorious dish? This Chili Mac and Cheese recipe combines the best of both worlds, offering a hearty and satisfying meal that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re feeding a hungry crowd at a family gathering or simply craving a cozy dinner at home, this dish delivers big on flavor and comfort. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile—you can customize it with your favorite toppings and tweak the recipe to suit your taste preferences. So why wait? Get ready to elevate your comfort food game with this irresistible Chili Mac and Cheese!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 8 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 2 15 oz cans black beans (or pinto beans), drained
  • 1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 32 oz chicken broth
  • 3 cups small macaroni noodles
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese, plus more for garnish

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat and coat it with a couple of swirls of olive oil.
  2. Add the ground beef, onion, and minced garlic, and cook until the beef is browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon.
  3. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper, and cook for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, drained beans, and chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  5. Add the macaroni noodles and continue to cook, stirring regularly, until the noodles are al dente, about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the shredded cheese until melted and well combined.
  7. Serve the Chili Mac and Cheese topped with sour cream, sliced avocado, fresh parsley, and extra shredded cheese, if desired.

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • For extra flavor, consider adding diced bell peppers, jalapeños, or corn to the chili.
  • Don’t forget to season each layer as you cook—this ensures that every bite is packed with deliciousness.
  • Feel free to use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef for a lighter version of this dish.

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Variations:

  1. Vegetarian Option: Swap the ground beef for meatless crumbles or extra beans for a meat-free version.
  2. Spicy Kick: Amp up the heat with extra chili powder, cayenne pepper, or hot sauce.
  3. Cheesy Twist: Experiment with different cheese blends, such as sharp cheddar, pepper jack, or mozzarella.
  4. Tex-Mex Flair: Add a can of diced green chilies or a splash of salsa for a Southwestern twist.
  5. Italian-Inspired: Substitute Italian seasoning for the chili powder and cumin, and top with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
  6. Smoky Flavor: Stir in a couple of tablespoons of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for a smoky, spicy kick.
  7. Gluten-Free Option: Use gluten-free macaroni noodles or swap them out for cooked rice or quinoa.
  8. One-Pot Wonder: Skip the separate cooking of noodles and make this dish entirely in one pot for easy cleanup.
  9. Beef and Bean Enchilada Bake: Use this Chili Mac and Cheese as a filling for baked enchiladas topped with enchilada sauce and more cheese.
  10. Breakfast Twist: Serve leftovers topped with a fried egg for a hearty breakfast or brunch option.

What to Serve It With:

  1. Cornbread or garlic bread
  2. Green salad with avocado and cilantro-lime dressing
  3. Tortilla chips for dipping
  4. Roasted vegetables, such as bell peppers, zucchini, and squash
  5. Coleslaw or pickled vegetables for a tangy side
  6. Fresh fruit salad or sliced mango for a refreshing contrast
  7. Guacamole or salsa for extra flavor
  8. Creamy mashed potatoes or sweet potato fries
  9. Grilled or roasted chicken for added protein
  10. A cold beer or a glass of fruity sangria for a perfect pairing

Storage Tips:

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • To reheat, simply microwave individual portions or warm them up on the stovetop over low heat, adding a splash of water or broth to prevent the dish from drying out.

Freezing Instructions:

  1. Allow the Chili Mac and Cheese to cool completely before freezing to prevent condensation.
  2. Portion the dish into individual servings or divide it into freezer-safe containers.
  3. Seal the containers tightly, ensuring there is minimal air exposure to prevent freezer burn.
  4. Label the containers with the date and contents for easy identification.
  5. Place the containers in the freezer and store for up to 3 months.

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Reheating Instructions:

  1. To thaw frozen Chili Mac and Cheese, transfer the container from the freezer to the refrigerator and allow it to thaw overnight.
  2. Alternatively, if you’re in a hurry, you can reheat the dish directly from frozen.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and transfer the frozen Chili Mac and Cheese to an oven-safe dish.
  4. Cover the dish with aluminum foil to prevent the top from drying out, and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until heated through.
  5. If reheating individual portions, microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until hot and bubbly.
  6. Stir the Chili Mac and Cheese halfway through the reheating process to ensure even heating.
  7. Once heated through, garnish with fresh toppings, such as shredded cheese, sliced avocado, or chopped parsley, if desired.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy the comforting flavors of your homemade Chili Mac and Cheese!

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Chili Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large Dutch oven or pot, coat with a couple of swirls of olive oil (about 1 tablespoon) and place over medium-high heat.

  2. Add ground beef, onion, and minced garlic. Cook until the beef is browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon to crumble.

  3. Stir in chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 30 seconds.

  4. Add canned tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, drained beans, and chicken broth. Bring to a good simmer.

  5. Add the macaroni noodles and continue to cook, stirring regularly and scraping the bottom with a wooden spoon to prevent noodles from sticking. Cook for about 10 minutes or until noodles are al dente.

  6. Remove from heat and stir in grated cheese until melted and well combined.

  7. Serve topped with sour cream, sliced avocado, fresh parsley, and more shredded cheese, if desired.

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My name is Aaron Brown. You can call me “A.B.”

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