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Chili Mac

Well, y’all – the time has finally come – it’s cold outside! As lifelong southerners, the January chill always comes as a shock to our systems, and there’s nothing we’d rather do than stay inside, bundled in our coziest pjs and snacking on pie!

While we’re already getting excited for those long, warm summer days, there’s no reason we can’t take advantage of this season to slow down, stay in, and spend time with the ones we love. And that’s exactly what makes this delicious Chili Mac so special. This recipe is warm, flavorful, and packed with hearty protein, making it a favorite for kids, and a win for you.

The best part? It’s extremely easy to make! Throw the ingredients in a Dutch oven and let it simmer while you…

  • Catch up on your favorite TV show
  • Play with the kids
  • Chat with a friend
  • Enjoy a glass of wine

Once it’s ready, your whole house will smell divine, and everyone can dig in!

We love serving this dish with sour cream, scallions, and grated cheese, but it’s great on its own as well.


1 teaspoon olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3 pounds ground chuck

2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce

1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes 

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

3 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon black pepper

1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

1 (14.5-ounce) cans red kidney beans, drained

2 (4-ounce) cans mushrooms, drained

1 (16-ounce) package elbow macaroni, cooked and drained

Sour cream, sliced scallions, and grated cheese, optional


Place the oil in a 6-quart Dutch oven and sauté the onion until softened. Add the meat and cook, breaking up with a spoon until no longer pink. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder; stir to combine. Let simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. 

Stir in the beans, mushrooms, and pasta and continue to simmer for 15 more minutes. Serve with sour cream, scallions, and cheese if desired. 

Serves: 6

Pairs Well With: Roasted Green Beans make a great side dish for this meal, or a side salad dressed with our Balsamic Herb Vinaigrette. And for dessert? Any of our delicious sweet pies!

Did you like this recipe? What did you top your pie pops with? Leave a comment here and tell us what you think – we can’t wait to hear!

For more great recipes and ideas, check out Amanda’s cookbook, Southern Baked: Celebrating Life with Pie, and the rest of the blog!

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