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Easy One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

This Easy One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is ready in 30 minutes and uses just one pot. Easy to make and clean up!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy one pot mac and cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 560kcal
Author Vicky


  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. Chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. Cumin
  • 2 tsp. Onion powder
  • 2 tsp. Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt more or less to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • 15 oz. tomato sauce
  • 8 oz. elbow noodles
  • 8 oz. mexican blend shredded cheese


  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add ground beef, and cook until browned, breaking up any large chunks.
  • Once browned, add in chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Stir, cooking for 1 minute, until spices are fragrant.
  • Add water, tomato sauce, and noodles, and cook on medium-high to bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 9-12 minutes, stirring frequently, until noodles are cooked through.
  • Remove from the heat and sprinkle the cheese over top. Put the lid back on and let the cheese melt.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 1118mg | Potassium: 889mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1581IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 376mg | Iron: 7mg