Easy One-Pot Chili Pasta Recipe

Talk about throwing the kitchen sink into a recipe? That’s actually what I love about this easy one-pot chili pasta meal. This chili mac recipe combines your favorite chili recipe with your favorite mac & cheese dish, but it’s way easier than making a chili pot that could take hours!

Chili mac and cheese in a large cast iron skillet. The cheddar and pasta sit on top of the chili.
Let’s make this yummy beef chili pasta!

LET’S MAKE one-pot beef chili pasta RECIPE

I love anything with elbow macaroni! It reminds me of Saturday afternoons when I was growing up and my mom would make elbow macaroni with butter and pepper.

You could also make this recipe into chili spaghetti, with a switch in noodles! It’s up to what chili with pasta your family would most love!

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One Pot Chili pasta ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy pasta recipe.

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Pasta Sauce
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes with Mild Green Chilis
  • 1 can Chili Beans (do not drain)
  • 1 1/2 cups Elbow Macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Parsley to garnish
One Pot Chili Pasta
Let’s start!

DIRECTIONS TO MAKE one-pot beef chili pasta RECIPE

One Pot Chili Pasta
In a large saucepan (with lid) heat up the olive oil and add the ground beef, onion, and garlic.

Step 1

In a large saucepan (with lid) heat up the olive oil and add the ground beef, onion, and garlic until the meat is browned and the onion is translucent.

It’s best to add the garlic after the meat and onions are most of the way cooked.  Garlic cooks faster than the other two ingredients. Drain excess fat.

Step 2

Add salt & pepper to taste.

One Pot Chili Pasta
Stir in chicken broth, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes with mild green chilis, chili beans, chili powder, and cumin.

Step 3

Stir in chicken broth, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes with mild green chilis, chili beans, chili powder, and cumin.

Step 4

Bring to a boil and stir in pasta.

Step 5

Lower the heat, cover, and simmer until the pasta is cooked for about 13-14 minutes.

If you’re using spaghetti, for this chili and pasta recipe, keep in mind it will cook faster. Also, break the spaghetti in half before adding it to the chili to save even more time!

Step 6

Remove from heat and sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly on top.

One Pot Chili Pasta
Add the parsley and serve.

Step 7

Add the parsley and serve.

One Pot Chili Pasta
This is what the one-pot chili pasta looks like. It’s so yummy, right?

This is another fantastic one-pot meal that can be served right from the pan. Some people have called it chili mac, and that’s just fine. It’s delicious either way.

No matter what you call this chili with pasta recipe, it makes it so easy for the family to gather and enjoy dinner together. 

Yield: 6-8 servings

Easy One-Pot Chili Pasta Recipe

Crockpot Chili Pasta

Combines your favorite chili recipe with your favorite mac & cheese dish — but it’s way easier than making a pot of chili that could take hours!

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

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Pasta Sauce
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes with Mild Green Chilis
  • 1 can Chili Beans (do not drain)
  • 1 1/2 cups Elbow Macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Parsley to garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan (with lid) heat up the olive oil and add the ground beef, onion, and garlic until the meat is browned and the onion is translucent.
  2. Drain fat, add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Stir in chicken broth, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes with mild green chilis, chili beans, chili powder, and cumin.
  4. Bring to a boil and add the pasta. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, sprinkle with parsley and cheddar cheese.

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So did you try making this one-pot chili past recipe yesterday? How was it?