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.

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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