From The Live Well Kitchen: One-Pot Chili Mac

Homemade Chili Mac and Cheese with Parsley in a white bowl over black background, low angle view. Close-up.




This one-pot meal can be ready to feed the family in less than 30 minutes. Live Well Alabama’s One-Pot Chili Mac takes a traditional favorite and adds more vegetables for flavor. Look for Alabama-grown bell peppers for this recipe to make it even better.

 “This recipe is a great way to use up any vegetables that may be left over in the fridge, which helps cut back on food waste,” said Sofia Sanchez, Alabama Cooperative Extension System specialist and registered dietitian

Kitchen skillet filled with savory seasoned cooked ground beef for sloppy joe tacos in an overhead view on a chopping board


• ½ pound ground beef

• One medium onion, finely chopped

• One can tomato sauce, 8 ounces

• One can tomato puree, 15 ounces

• 1 cup dry elbow macaroni

• ½ cup green pepper, finely chopped

• ¼ cup water

• 1 tablespoon chili powder

• 1 teaspoon garlic salt

• ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded


Tomato products like sauce and puree are good sources of vitamins A and C. Also, try whole-grain noodles in this recipe for a heart-healthy spin.


1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef and onion until the meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain fat.

2. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato puree, uncooked macaroni, pepper, water, chili powder and garlic salt.

3. Bring to boil then reduce to medium-low heat.

4. Cook for 20 minutes or until the macaroni is tender, stirring often.

5. Remove skillet from heat and sprinkle with cheese.

6. Let cheese melt and serve.

WANT TO LEARN MORE? Step-by-step instructions for the One-Pot Chili Mac recipe and an instructional video are available at


Live Well Alabama is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) initiative developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. This initiative reaches residents across the state with research-based education.

“Our recipes are great for getting kids to help in the kitchen,” said Katie Funderburk, Alabama Extension’s SNAP-Ed coordinator. “Kids are more likely to try new foods when they helped make them.”

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Live Well Alabama provides numerous recipes that are simple and budget friendly.

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