Easiest Chili Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipe Ever: Comfort Food in 30 Minutes by Ann Marie Patitucci

Easiest Chili Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipe Ever: Comfort Food in 30 Minutes

This summer my younger son had the opportunity to go to an overnight camp with two of his buddies. He had fun and learned a lot. He made new friends and missed home. There were things he liked and things he didn’t. Among the things he liked best: the FOOD. We were not expecting this!

One of the simplest and most popular meals served at camp is Campfire Chili Mac. It’s about the simplest chili macaroni recipe you can imagine. Here it’s adapted for the stove – no campfire required! – and modified a bit by me. It’s great for bringing back campfire memories and also great for those busy weeknights when you:

Be sure to serve oven s’mores (no campfire required) for dessert.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5 to 6


Additional Ingredients to Consider

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Boil pasta to al dente and drain (don’t overcook).
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and heat until cooked through, with no pink in the meat. Add pasta sauce and cheese.
  3. Add chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder. Stir. Add pasta last. Stir until everything is well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with corn chips.

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Pasta $1 & Up
Pasta Sauce $2 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up
Garlic Powder $3 & Up
Onion Powder $3 & Up
Chili Powder $2 & Up
Corn Chips $3 & Up
Black Beans $1 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
How great that he loved the food! Camp food is so fun. And this recipe is a winner whether you're at camp or not! #yum
Takes me back to my childhood, so fun.

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