Camp Recipe: Dutch Oven Chili Mac


Cheesy and filling? Spicy and hearty? This fall comfort meals has got it all. Combining the finest elements of chili and mac &amp cheese, this 1-pot chili mac is positive to be a favored.

You can undoubtedly delight in mac &amp cheese or chili on their personal, but when the two are combined, they grow to be considerably extra than the sum of their components. With each other, they are complementary but hold 1 an additional in stark contrast—like the yin and yang of comfort meals. The spicy heat of the chili is tempered by the creamy nature of the mac &amp cheese.

Noodles and kidney separated in dutch oven

Even though you could prepare mac &amp cheese and chili separately and then combine them with each other at the finish to make chili mac, this recipe permits you to combine the cooking course of action so you only have to use 1 pot. The way this is accomplished is by preparing the chili with a small further liquid that gets applied to cook the pasta. Cheese is then added at the incredibly finish to reach that sublime cheesy spicy deliciousness.

Stirring together chili mac ingredients in dutch oven

But the enjoyable does not cease there, mainly because what is chili mac with no toppings? We opted for a handful of of the common accouterments: extra cheese, red onions, scallions, and jalapeños. Of course, you can personalize yours any way you like.

So when the climate turns brisk and you require a small choose me up, this spicy chili mac could just be just the ticket!

Dutch Oven Chili Mac Recipe

Tends to make four servings

Chili mac in bowl and ready to serve


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/two pound ground beef
  • two tablespoons tomato paste
  • two tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • two cloves garlic, minced
  • eight oz elbow noodles
  • 1 (14.5oz) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 1/two cup beef broth
  • 1/two cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • To serve: minced red onion, jalapeno, scallions


In a Dutch oven or other big pot with a lid, heat the oil more than medium heat. Add the onion and saute till translucent, three-five minutes.

Add the ground beef, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and salt. Utilizing your spoon or spatula, break apart the meat and stir to coat with the tomato paste and spices. As soon as browned, add the garlic and saute for 30-60 seconds.

Add the noodles, kidney beans, and broth and stir. Cover with the lid and cook five-six minutes (unless the noodle packaging denotes a diverse cooking time).

Eliminate lid and stir in the cheese. Serve with your favored chili toppings.


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