One Pot Chili Mac - Num's the Word
Support Nums - Amazon Affiliate Link

One Pot Chili Mac


*VIDEO* One Pot Chili Mac – If you love 30 minute meals that require ONE POT for clean up, then you MUST try this easy and hearty One Pot Chili Mac. A good home cooked weeknight meal!

This post containsย affiliateย links. ย If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, I will make a small percentage on your purchase, which helps keep this website running! Thank you!

One Pot Chili Mac - Main Image for recipe

One Pot Chili Mac - pinterest collage of images

Are you familiar with One Pot Meals? If you aren’t, let me introduce you.

A one pot meal is exactly what it says it is.

ONE single dirty pot.

Everything is cooked in that single pot.



One Pot Chili Mac - Cooked ground beef and onions in pot



Which make the meal easy for cooking, clean up and oh so tasty!

Not only is this One Pot Chili Mac delicious, it also only takes 30 minutes to whip up!

Yea, that’s kind of an important key fact about it.




One Pot Chili Mac - broth, tomatoes, seasonings and beans added to pot



Every Sunday and every Tuesday we get together with my in-laws for dinner.

Now before you start posting comments about feeling sorry for me, let me just say that I won the in-law jackpot when I married my husband.

They are phenomenal.



One Pot Chili Mac - noodles added to pot



My In-laws are Kind, patient, nonjudgmental, generous, sincere and will eat anything I put in front of them (no matter how bad it is).

In addition to all those great things,ย  my kids absolutely LOVE THEM.

My Mother-in-Law is a really great cook too and many of her recipes are here on the website.

Like these Cherry Bell Cookies or this Chicken Parmesean with Mushrooms or this Lemon-Raspberry Mousse.



One Pot Chili Mac - cheese added to pot



Generally we trade off on who is cooking and I can honestly say we tend to eat really well those two nights every week.

This One Pot Chili Mac was a Tuesday night meal.

And it was delicious.

I loved how easy it was to make, it wasn’t soupy and it was was great as leftovers.



One Pot Chili Mac - Final photo of chili mac in pot



This One Pot chili Mac is a stick to the ribs, but not make you feel bloated and sick, kind of meal and perfect for any weeknight, weekend or company coming over meal.

It’s the epitome of a hearty home cooked meal.

If you want to enjoy your family rather than cooking or the dishes, I highly recommend giving this One Pot Chili Mac a try!

Yield: 6 Servings

One Pot Chili Mac

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 Pound of Ground Beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons of garlic or garlic paste
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth or 3 1/2 cups!
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 can (14.5 ounce) white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 can (14.5 ounce) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • OR use 1 can of either of the kidney beans so as to not have extras laying around.
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon season salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 10 ounces uncooked elbow pasta noodles
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


In a large dutch oven or pot, cook ground beef & onion until ground beef is cooked through and onion is soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.

Drain if needed {depends on fat content of ground beef}

Add chicken broth, tomatoes, white kidney beans, kidney beans, chili powder, cumin, salt & pepper. Mix well and bring to a boil.

Add pasta and boil 12 - 15 minutes until pasta is cooked through. Stir as needed.

When pasta has absorbed liquid and is cooked through, add cheese and mix well.

Cook for another 5 minutes or until pasta is cooked through.


97 thoughts on “One Pot Chili Mac

  1. Made this tonight and the whole family loved it! Looking forward to all the leftovers! Thanks for a new family favorite.

    • Heather,
      Thank you so much for making my day! I love getting positive feedback and love hearing that others have similar taste buds as I do. Try a few of our other recipes and hopefully you enjoy them too!

    • Thank you Ambar! Simple dishes are my favorite!! I’m so glad you enjoy the picture instructions! Trying to keep it simple and to the point! Hopefully I’ll be able to add step by step instructions to more recipes too!

  2. I made this for dinner. Yummy! The family loved it too, even my 5 year old who we call “captain picky”. I loved it too: quick, easy and cheap to make. Only thing I did different was use a 1/2 can of un-drained chili beans, because that is what I had on hand. And, I was feeling on the lazy side and omitted the spices and stirred in a packet of chili seasoning into the hamburger mixture. Is defiantly a keeper recipe!

    • Kyrsten thank you so much for your review! I’m so glad your family enjoyed it and that you can now add an “approved” items to the bare list of food your 5 year old will eat. Our children must be related, as mine is BEYOND picky too! The changes sound delicious and a great tip for other readers!! Thank you!

    • Sarah you’ve made me so happy to hear that your family loves this recipe too! It’s so easy and quick that I find it hard that anyone wouldn’t love it as much as we do! Thank you so much for your feedback! I’m sure other readers will be happy to hear that your family loves it!!

      • I made this tonight. It was delicious! Do you happen to know the nutrition information? I have diabetes and I have to keep track of everything.

        • Hi Linda! I’ so glad to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! Unfortunately I do not know the nutritional information for this recipe. There are several wonderful websites that can provide that info for you. Just google Recipe Nutrition Calculator and you should find a few! Thanks so much for trying this recipe! I hope you’ll try a few others!

  3. I pinned your recipe this morning and made it for dinner tonight. I’m doing a pantry challenge, so I had to use 1 can of chili beans instead of the two different kinds. It was delicious. The chicken stock really made the flavor fabulous. I’ve already shared the recipe with my adult daughter. I also have two days worth of lunches packed with it for the upcoming week as well as a bowl of leftovers in the fridge. Thank you for sharing.

    • Debbie I’m so excited to hear you loved the recipe! I love pantry challenges and this recipe works well with substitutions! Thank you so much for sharing with your daughter! I hope she enjoys it as much as you did! Thank you so much for your comment! You’ve made my day!

  4. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I just made this tonight & the family loves it. I had to make a few minor adjustments to suit my picky eaters, but kept to your ingredients & instructions overall. This one is definitely going into my menu rotation.

    • Hi Marie! Thank you so much for your feedback! I’m so glad your family enjoyed this recipe! And I completely get picky eaters, I have two which are in the category of EXTREME. Thank you so much for sharing your review with me and others who might make this recipe! I hope you’ll try a few of our other recipes too! My daughters favorite (World’s #1 picky eater) is Honey Chicken! Give it a try and let me know if your kids like that one too! Thank you so much for your comment and making my day!

  5. We love love this recipe- I have used ground turkey in the past- only because it’s what I had in the freezer. I have a question- could I do this in the crock pot? Ground the meat ahead of time then cook- Do you think this would work?

    • Hi Abby! I’ve wondered that same question but never tried it in the crock pot. I would think if you cooked up your ground beef ahead of time and then dumped all ingredients into a crock pot it would cook up nicely! If you try it out, let me know how it turns out. I’ve also thought about turning this into a freezer meal with the crock pot! Great question!

    • Nikky I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Using a mixture of the two meats is a great idea and sounds delicious! Thanks so much for letting me know you loved it! You’ve made my day!

  6. Thanks for the great recipe Janelle! I’m always looking for quick, easy meals to feed my crowd. I doubled it and used 1 can of red kidney beans & 1 can of black beans. Huge hit!

    • Jae I love your suggestions! Isn’t it nice when a recipe can be so flexible that you can make a few changes and it still tastes great! Thanks so much for your comment! It always puts a smile on my face to hear great reviews!

  7. Thank you so much for this recipe. My picky six-year-old had two helpings and loved it. And she doesn’t like ANYTHING!! And I can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Courtney I wonder if your daughter and my daughter are secretly twins! Mine wont touch anything but she will eat this! I recommend trying our honey chicken for your daughter as well – it’s my daughters favorite meal and she is the queen of pickiness! Thank you so much for your comment! You’ve made my day!

  8. I am currently waiting for the pot to boil to add the elbow noodles. This is my second time making the recipie. My whole family loves it and we just keep it easy and use 1 can of kidney beans. It’s the perfect marriage of my two favorite foods chili and macaroni and cheese.

    • Kari I’m so excited that you a repeat recipe user! Nothing makes me happier than to know that a recipe my family loves, can be shared with others! Thank you so much for your review! You’ve made my day!

    • Hi Amy! Yes you can! This recipe is very forgiving when it comes to using what you have on hand or what you like. Pinto Beans are a great idea! I hope you enjoy it!

  9. I made this tonight and it was a huge hit! I substituted one can of black beans instead of two half cans of kidney beans because my 15mo loves black beans. Both my 15mo and my picky husband loved it! Thanks for a great, easy, kid-friendly recipe!

    • Amy I am so happy to hear that picky eaters were tamed by this recipe! And I love the idea of black beans! It’s such an easy recipe to adapt to when you have on hand! Give our Honey chicken recipe at try. It tames even the pickiest of eaters!

  10. Do you think I could substitute the kidney beans for pinto beans!? That’s all I have in the pantry! I have every other ingredient!!

    • Hi RoRo! Thank you so much for your comment. I suspect your heat was too high. I’ve never had an issue with it turning to mush. I hope you’ll give it another try at a lower temperature. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I don’t like wasting food and can’t find just 7oz cans of beans. Would it hurt just to put the whole 2 cans in there?

    • Laci! Add away! You can add both cans of beans OR just pick one and use one can! Personally I use the leftover beans in a simple salad the next day or add them to a meal I’m whipping up the next day so nothing goes to waist. However using 1 can instead of 2 half cans works great too!

  12. I’d guess the carbs to be about 35g for a cup (we have a diabetic in our house, as well). I veggied it up ;). Used the entire onion, added a green pepper and did the entire can(s) of beans. I may have added some chopped spinach, but I’m not telling my family, if I did…..Very yummy! I upped the spices b/c I upped the ingredients. Nice and easy – one pot, and everyone loved it!

  13. So nice to find something I can throw together when the days are going to fast. since I was missing a few spices, I used chili seasoning instead. not sure how different it would be but ours turned out pretty good. brownie points since my 2 year old is on her second bowl! THANK YOU!

    • Laurajo I find it a huge mom win when a toddler will eat dinner! So glad you enjoyed this meal! My kids are super picky and most of the main dishes on here are ones they’ll eat so I hope you’ll try a few more recipes!

  14. Two cups sharp cheddar, shredded: do you shred two whole blocks of cheese (for a two cup measurement before shredding) or two cups post shredding? Thank you!!

  15. I’m making this for the second time tonight. It turned out so well the first time. My one-year-old devoured it! The only thing I do differently is add a diced bell pepper since I usually have them around. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Yum! Love the idea of bell pepper! I’m so glad you enjoyed this and more so that your 1 year old did too! Kids are tough critics so if they are willing to eat then we have a winning recipe!

    • Hi Nicolette! I have not but I love the idea of using it as a freezer meal! Great idea! Perhaps other readers have! I know it freezes well AFTER you make it (leftovers). I would think as long as you precook your ground beef/onion that you could easily turn this into a freezer meal!

  16. Hi! I’m making this recipe right now? Have you had any feedback using a crock pot? I’m thinking that I’m going to cook the pasta separately about 30 min before serving. I don’t want them to be mush but I also want the noodles to have the flavor of the chili. Looking forward to dinner time!

  17. Planning to try this while camping out- cooking meat and onions beforehand! Thinking it should work on our little cooktop. Do you drain the tomatoes before adding? Didn’t want there to be too much liquid with the broth too. Thanks!

      • it was good but DO NOT boil on high heat or else it’ll be ruined. get it to a boil then turn it down to medium heat and cover it. i had to add MUCH more spices to it then it called for. also i substituted the cumin for paprika and it was great. overall its pretty good but my husband wouldve liked it better if i used Velveeta cheese instead for flavor and creaminess. oh and 12 minutes for the pasta should be enough cooking time. anything over that and it could get super mushy

  18. I am making this recipe as i write! I hope it turns out wonderful. I am using venison so this will be a little different. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Thank you Lindsay for your comment. I’m sure there are others out there wondering how it tastes with GF noodles and now we know! Thank you for taking the time to leave your comment!

  19. I have been looking forward to this all week. We added it to your meal plan for this week and today’s the day. I love chili and mac n cheese so this should be delicious.

  20. As a college student I’ve made this multiple times! It is perfect for my budget and convenient for my busy schedule!

    • Derek thank you so much for your comment! It certainly is a great recipe for a college student! Have you also tried my Creamy Garlic Pasta & Heavy Cream Alfredo? Both are very college budget friendly and AMAZING!

  21. Made this tonight and it’s delicious! I actually read the recipe wrong and I ended up using 2 cans of Kidney beans, drained and rinsed. It actually was good though, it was not too many and was a good filler. This has a good hearty taste and I will definitely make again for our homeschool family of 6! Thanks for the super simple and tasty dinner for these upcoming cool weather days! My favorite kind of meals for my favorite kind of days!

  22. Janelle,

    Thought I would comment as I have been using this recipe for a couple years now. My grown kids request it when they come to visit. It is definitely comfort food.

    • Annette I’m so glad that this is a family staple for you too! It’s easy, hearty and perfect for leftovers! What isn’t there to like about it?! Thanks for your kind comment!

  23. I absolutely loved this meal! My picky family even had seconds! Great simple recipe, easy to make and so delicious! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  24. I’ve been making this recipe for quite a while now. (Like, 3 years?!) The only things I do different is that I increased the chicken broth to 4 cups, added a can of crushed tomatoes, use both cans of beans, and 12 oz macaroni. The men in my family love it! (And so do I !!)

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Num’s Recipe Emails

When in Doubt, Bake Cookies! Sign up for our newsletter & never miss a tasty new recipe again!

Holler Box