One Pot Chili Mac & Cheese (no beans)
Easy One Pot Chili Mac & Cheese without beans is a quick and easy dinner for the whole family. It is a mash-up of two beloved kid recipes: Chili con carne and Mac and cheese served with crispy tortilla chips.
This One Pot Chili Mac & Cheese without Beans recipe will be a treat for your kids! Plus, it’s easy to make, and the kids can use the tortilla chips as a spoon. I’ve cut the black beans from the traditional Chili con Carne recipe and added some green peas and carrots for extra veggies. Another alternative for some extra veggies would be sweet corn. Both variations bring sweetness to the dish, which goes perfectly with the mildly spiced Chipotle.
I’ve toned down the spice factor to make this Chili Mac and Cheese kid-friendly, but if you want to kick it up a notch, add a bit of cayenne powder. I’ve used Chipotle powder, milder than pepper or paste, for the kid’s sake, so don’t be scared of it. If you don’t find it in your supermarket, get it online here. As for paprika, I chose the sweet type to make the Chipotle burst with aroma.
As for the toppings, the tortilla chips are fantastic. The kids can scoop up their Chili Mac and cheese with it, make sandwiches or crumble the chips over the dish for some crunch! The cheese depends on your taste. Of course, gouda or soft cheddar is great for kids, but maybe the grown-ups would prefer a more robust cheese like aged cheddar or gruyere—an enjoyable dish for the whole family. For heat lovers, add a lovely hot pepper sauce of your choice to the table!
Other Pasta Dishes
- 750 ml chicken broth
- 400 g minced beef
- 250 g macaroni
- 150 g frozen sweet peas
- 2 onions
- 2 carrots
- 400 ml tomato paste
- 200 ml evaporated milk
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp olive oil
The spice mix
- 2 tbsp Chipotle pepper powder
- 1 tbsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- salt and pepper
- In a big pan, over medium-high heat, cook the onions in olive oil until soft, 3-4 minutes.
- Add the meat, garlic and spices, mix and stir well until cooked.
- Add the broth, tomato pulp and pasta and let it simmer until the macaroni is cooked, around 8-10 minutes.
- Stop the heat, add the evaporated milk, and stir well.