This recipe would be perfect for a weekend Sunday evening meal. Those hearty meals that are perfect for those autumn nights soon to approach us. I just love comfort food don’t you? Chili Mac Casserole is something your entire family will love.
Football is on Sunday’s in the south and it’s a good time to have dinner made easy. This one you can prep ahead of time. Place it in the fridge and then pop it all together in a casserole dish when ready. Just bake to melt that yummy cheesy goodness.
Chili Mac Casserole is also great for those pot lucks. I don’t have to add the cheese if I know it’s going to be sitting for awhile. Just leave it off. I also take it in a warmer so it stays fresh longer. Wouldn’t want that to be cold when serving.
It’s just as tasty with or without the cheese. Of course who doesn’t love the cheesy goodness? But if you happened to have one of those dairy free or non cheese people you can leave it off. Chili Mac Casserole is easily a family favorite and pretty friendly on the budget too.
You can use a different cheese if you would like. Sometimes I am in the mood for a good sharp cheddar and I use that on top. Other times I want something more funky which could mean a stinky provolone cheese. Either way you can see you that you can add any cheese you like or your family would love.
Do you have a casserole your into? Something that is your go to comfort food. Maybe one you take to all the potlucks or family gatherings? I’d love to hear about it. Stop by in the comments below and tell me all about it!
Chili Mac Casserole
Yield 4 Servings
- 1 cup of cooked macaroni noodles
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 can of diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can of kidney beans, drained
- 1 can of tomato paste
- 1 small can of chopped green chilies
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 cups of mexican shredded cheese
- Cook macaroni according to directions, drain and set aside.
- In a large skillet, cook ground beef and onion. Drain.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add the tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, green chilies and chili powder to the ground beef mixture and stir to combine. Add in the macaroni and stir some more.
- Pour the mixture into a baking dish and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes.