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Homemade Chili Mac Recipe

Ever have an odd craving for Hamburger Helper? I do. But I just can’t make it from the box, so I put a recipe together.

This recipe was developed for Babble’s Family Kitchen.


Chili Mac Recipe


1 lb lean ground hamburger
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried cilantro
chili powder to taste (optional)
1 – 6 oz can tomato paste
1 – 15 oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups beef stock
2 cups elbow macaroni
2 cups mild cheddar shredded cheese
2 cups chopped fresh roma tomatoes, or 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
olive oil
freshly chopped cilantro, as garnish


1. Preheat a large skillet. Drizzle with olive oil. Add ground beef, onions, bell peppers and garlic. Cook until beef is browned and vegetables are tender.

2. Add cumin, paprika, oregano, cilantro and salt and pepper to ground beef. Add chili powder at this step if you want a spicier dish. Add tomato paste, kidney beans, diced or canned tomatoes and beef stock. Bring to a boil and add macaroni.

3. Turn to a simmer and cover. Cook until macaroni is tender, about 10 minutes. Add cheese and mix until blended.

One Response to “Homemade Chili Mac Recipe”

  1. Foodierama — August 30, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

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