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Momma's Chili Mac

30 minutes or less beef chicken nut-free time_25 min turkey

Momma's Chili Mac

Momma's Chili Mac

Growing up as a soccer player in Oregon, the BEST thing to come home to after running around in the rain was my mom's warm and hearty chili mac. The recipe is originally from my grandpa, who has made PLENTY of food during his lifetime (7 kids + oodles of grandkids = a lot of mouths to feed). It's a delicious, filling, and super easy family favorite that I'm excited to share with you!

Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 8-10


  • 16 oz whole wheat elbow noodles
  • 1 Tbsp oil (any kind you prefer)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey, chicken, or beef
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream/greek yogurt, green onion, cilantro, hot sauce, jalapenos


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions and drain
  • While the noodles cook, add the oil and chopped onions to a large, deep skillet and cook over medium heat until the onions are translucent (about 5 minutes)
  • Add the ground meat to the pan, and cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 °F and is browned
  • Add the tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, salt, and beans to the pan. Reduce the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes
  • Add the pasta to the skillet and combine well
  • Serve immediately with desired toppings, or let cool, divide among food storage containers, cover, and refrigerate/freeze

Recipe Modifications:

  • Gluten-free: Use gluten-free pasta
  • Nut-free: None
  • Vegetarian/Vegan: Replace the ground meat with an extra can of kidney beans

Recipe Notes:

  • This recipe makes a lot of portions (which is a good thing because it's so tasty!) You can choose to make less by half-ing  the entire recipe, or you can also half the pasta if you would like an extra meaty/sauce-y chili mac
  • I recommend serving this dish with roasted veggies for a balanced, satisfying meal!

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