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One Skillet Cheesy Chili Mac Recipe

One Skillet Cheesy Chili Mac RecipePasta is pretty much a staple in my home. I’m pretty sure I have found every possible way to make a dinner out of pasta. So this skillet cheesy chili mac recipe is right up my alley. Plus, you only use one skillet to make it so that’s a nice perk.

This recipe is very easy to make and pretty fast as well. And the kids in your life will thank you and ask you for seconds. Well, maybe not both of those things at once. That would be a damn miracle. But they will stuff their faces full of this cheesy goodness

What are some of your favorite pasta dishes? Let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for new ways to up my pasta game!



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One Skillet Cheesy Chili Mac Recipe

Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped frozen onion use fresh if you want
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 TBSP cumin
  • salt
  • 1 TBSP minced garlic
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni
  • 1 8 oz pkg shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • black pepper


  1. In a deep skillet, add oil and heat until it's shimmering. Add onion, chili powder, cumin and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook over medium heat until onion is soft, stirring often so spices don't burn, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and brown sugar and cook, continuing to stir, so garlic doesn't burn, for about 30 seconds. Add the ground beef and brown lightly, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon as it cooks, until there is no more pink in the meat.

  2. Add the water, 3/4 teaspoon salt and tomato sauce to the skillet and stir to mix. Stir in the pasta and cover, increasing the heat to medium high. Cook the mixture, stirring often and adjusting the heat to maintain a vigorous simmer. Continue to cook until the pasta is tender, about 9-12 minutes.

  3. Take the skillet off the heat and add 1 cup of the cheese mixture. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Top the skillet with remaining cheese. Serve.

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