Dinner Tonight: Chili Mac

Is it chili?  Is it pasta?  What is it?  It’s a one pot wonder, that’s what it is!  Thanks again to the fabulous Kraft Food and Family magazine for having a recipe like this one in their September issue.  I tweaked this just a tad…but let me tell you…it’s fabulous. 
Simple.  Fast.  Hearty.  Crowd pleasing.  One Pot.
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1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder (or a packet of Taco seasoning would work too)
1 cup water
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 cup salsa
1 cup elbow or shell pasta (I used whole wheat but you use what you like) uncooked
1 cup Sharp Cheddar or Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
In one heavy skillet, brown your ground beef over medium-high heat.  Once brown and crumbled, add in your onion and saute about 5 minutes.  Stir in remaining ingredients except for the cheese (including your uncooked pasta), mix well and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  Uncover, stir and then continue simmering uncovered 8 minutes.
Serve and top with cheese.
That’s it!  We ate it up over here.  And when it was over…I only had one pan to clean.  That’s the good life.

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  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} October 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. The perfect fall meal.

  • Tiffany October 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    It's like hamburger helper, but much MUCH better!