Chili Mac and Cheese

This almost-instant main dish combines the flavors of two favorite comfort foods. Taco-flavored cheese and mild chilis add an extra kick without too much spice.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 30 min
  • ingredients 7
  • servings 6
 

Ingredients

1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
2 1/3
cups uncooked rotini pasta (7 oz)
1
teaspoon chili powder
2 1/4
cups hot water
1
can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes with zesty mild green chiles, undrained
2
cups shredded taco-flavored cheese (8 oz)
Chili powder, if desired

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 In 12-inch skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • 2 Stir in uncooked pasta, chili powder, water and tomatoes. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender.
  • 3 Remove from heat; let stand uncovered 5 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. Sprinkle with additional chili powder.
  • 1 In 12-inch skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • 2 Stir in uncooked pasta, chili powder, water and tomatoes. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender.
  • 3 Remove from heat; let stand uncovered 5 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. Sprinkle with additional chili powder.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

This two-in-one chili, macaroni and cheese skillet meal has a subtle kick to it. If you prefer more heat, use diced tomatoes with jalapeño chiles instead.

Serve this skillet meal with bowls of classic chili toppings, such as sour cream, chopped green onions or chopped cilantro.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
430
(
Calories from Fat
190),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
22g
22%
(Saturated Fat
11g,
11%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
85mg
85%;
Sodium
480mg
480%;
Total Carbohydrate
30g
30%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
28g
28%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
25%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.