“One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese combines rich, bold flavors and gooey cheese in a single, convenient meal. This dish is a taste explosion that’s both hearty and satisfying, making it a go-to option for a quick and delicious dinner. With minimal cleanup, it’s a win-win for busy weeknights and comfort food cravings.”

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In Denver, we can get some pretty cold days. 

Thankfully I have a slew of one-pot meals that keep my family full and warm. 

This One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese is a new go-to. Made with ground beef, fire roasted tomatoes, spices, and a fam favorite, orecchiette pasta. It’s the best mash-up of flavors between hearty chili and cheesy mac & cheese. 
Great meal to freeze, bring to a new mama, or when need a tasty dish in 30 minutes. I promise this these will be a regular in your dinner rotation.

Let’s get cooking! 

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What’s in this One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese? 

In my opinion there is nothing better during the cooler months than a big pot of warming soup, chili, or stew. This One-Pot Chili Mac and Cheese hits all the right spots and will leave you satisfied and full. You will need: 

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ground beef
  • Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • Kidney Beans
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne 
  • Chicken stock
  • Orecchiette pasta
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese
orecchiete pasta
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  1. Orecchiette. This ear shaped pasta is super fun to mix up from traditional shells. However, use whatever kind of pasta you have in the pantry. 
  2. Beans. I adore kidney beans which is why I used them in this recipe. Again, you can use any variety of bean like pinto, black bean, etc. 
  3. Cayenne pepper. If you like heat I would definitely add a pinch of cayenne. If cayenne isn’t your thing you could try a couple dashes of your favorite kind of hot sauce.
  4. Cheddar cheese. You can’t go wrong with cheddar, but pepper jack, Colby jack, or Monterey cheese would be excellent substitutes. 
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Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I substitute the ground beef?

You bet! I would suggest using ground chicken, pork, or turkey. Or, if you really want to kick things up a notch try chorizo! 

Can you freeze this One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese? 

Yes! This is any excellent meal to freeze. Make sure you allow the meal to cool completely before storing in the freezer. It will keep up until a month. 

What sides do you recommend serving this with?

I would suggest a side salad or a big loaf of garlic bread! 

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One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese

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  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 large Yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1 15oz Can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 15oz Can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Celery Seed
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups Chicken stock
  • 12 oz Orecchiette pasta
  • 2 cups Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish


  • In a large Dutch oven preheated to medium heat, add the olive oil. Next, add in the onion and cook until softened about four to five minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant. Next, add in the ground beef and using a wooden spoon break up the meat. Cook the beef until no longer pink, about 5 minutes and drain any excess fat.
  • Next, add in the diced tomatoes, kidney beans, chili powder, cumin, paprika, celery seed, onion powder, chicken broth, and pasta. Make sure everything is combined and bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer until the pasta is cooked.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and stir in cheddar cheese. Garnish with parsley and enjoy.
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“Summing it up, One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese is your go-to for a convenient, flavorful, and comforting meal. Delight in its deliciousness with ease and minimal cleanup!”