Chili Mac Skillet Recipe

By Shannon Gurnee
In Cooking with Redhead Mom
April 12, 2020

Chili Mac Skillet Recipe

One of the recipes that I make for our family that has become a favorite is the Chili Mac Skillet Recipe. Not only is it easy to make, but the kids can even help make it. Plus, it is really yummy and a budget-friendly meal! It’s a yummy combination of noodles, meat, beans, corn, tomatoes and cheese – and of course chili powder. You can serve it with more cheese if you want and sour cream or salsa. Now let’s head to the recipe.

Chili Mac Skillet Recipe


  • Small elbow macaroni pasta (1 lb or 16 oz box)
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 can corn, undrained
  • 1 can Ranch Style beans
  • 2 cans tomato sauce (8 oz each) (you can replace the tomato sauce with 1 can tomato paste mixed with 1 can water)
  • 1 can diced green chiles
  • 1 can RO-TEL diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • lots of shredded cheddar cheese



Chili Mac Skillet Recipe

1 – Brown onion and ground beef. Drain off fat.

Chili Mac Skillet Recipe

2 – Stir in beans, undrained kidney beans, undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, uncooked macaroni, water, diced green chiles, chili powder and garlic salt. Bring to boiling, stirring occasionally.

Chili Mac Skillet Recipe

3 – Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 20 minutes or until macaroni is tender, stirring often.

Chili Mac Skillet Recipe

4 – Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and heat for about 2 minutes more or until cheese is melted.

Chili Mac Skillet Recipe

Chili Mac Skillet Recipe

Makes 6 servings. Serve with additional cheese and sour cream.

Have you ever made Chili Mac Skillet?


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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

17 Responses to “Chili Mac Skillet Recipe”

  1. Rosey says:

    I haven’t made it but this is just the kind of dish that goes over well at our place. I like that it’s a cinch to make too.

  2. Valerie says:

    I’ve had something very similar to chili mac skillet when I was a kid. The corn is a new thing for me, however, I love corn! And I love how the cheese just brings everything together. This will be great for pre-made meals or leftovers to take a break from cooking for a few days.

  3. Looks awesome! Will try it.

  4. Elicit Folio says:

    I tried this amazing comfort food recipe and it was sooo good! The right amount of seasoning and it’s super filling! Thank you for sharing this!

  5. this sounds like a great combination. chili and mac n cheese are two great comfort foods that are good on a cold day. i bet this tastes amazing. thanks!

  6. I have never made this as an adult but I grew up on a dish similar that my mom used to make. I will definitely check this one out!

  7. Marysa says:

    This sounds like a great, hearty dish! We have lots of pasta and jarred ingredients on your list and it would be a good dish to make during quarantine.

  8. katrina Kroeplin says:

    oh man that looks amazing. my family would love that. i’ll have to try and make it soon.

  9. wow. i made spaghetti the other night. this one also looks so good! I will try to follow your recipe. πŸ™‚

  10. This looks really appetizing. It’s a great protein boost. I always love various variations of chili.

  11. blair villanueva says:

    This is another pasta recipe that I would love to try. I reckon the kids will love this coz they like cheese!

  12. Anna says:

    I really like this chili mac recipe! Looks delicious and made me hungry lol

  13. This is the best combination of comfort food for this quarantine. I could make this recipe and eat it all by myself.

  14. Stephen says:

    Whats an interesting combo, I’ll have to give this a go

  15. Thomas Gibson says:

    I just shared this recipe onto my Facebook page so I can go back to it. Looks amazingly delicious.

  16. Elizabeth Miller says:

    This looks like such a good twist to the classics. My daughter would go nuts for it however my hubby would only eat it as a side.

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