The Ultimate comfort food: Baked Chili Mac Casserole
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Alright, I’ve totally reverted back to the epitome of comfort food…Baked Chili Mac Casserole. My favorite kind of one pot meal. Cheesy, beefy, soul warming baked pasta. Really, does it get any better than this? They boyfriend doesn’t think so. This is his new favorite. Because if someone out there loves a one pot meal more than me, it’s him.
On top of being so freakin’ good, this is just such an easy recipe. That’s why I like one pot meals. They’re SO DAMN EASY. There’s just nothing fancy about it. Now you could make this recipe in a pot, but I like to bake it to get that nice browned cheese on top…mmmm. So I guess technically I can’t call this a one pot meal…I used a pot and a dish.
Now that we’re in comfort food season, try some of these other great comfort food recipes:
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Baked Chili Mac Casserole
Now this recipe can be tweaked to your liking. Personally, I love black beans so that’s what I use. Feel free to use kidney beans, pinto beans, really any kind of beans you want. Even green beans if you’re trying to get some green in your meal!
But the cheese, don’t be messin’ with my cheese! I’m all about the grated sharp cheddar and of course, Velveeta. I know some of you may say Velveeta is not cheese, but it’s good enough for this cook with it’s creamy, salty goodness. I love me some Velveeta.
And don’t use a ground beef that’s toooo lean, we want some of that yummy fat for flavor. I recommend going with 85/15 ground sirloin. That gives us the rich, beefy flavor we want for this dish.
So we cook the pasta, cook the beef, and then bake it with the rest of the ingredients. The whole meal takes less than 30 minutes to make, which is perfect for those busy weeknights! Top it off with some sour cream, and you’re golden. Seriously, don’t forget the sour cream, it really makes the dish. In fact, it’s the boyfriend’s favorite part of the meal. Well…besides the beef and cheese… and pasta…
- 8 oz. elbow macaroni
- 1 lbs. ground beef
- 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 can green chilies
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 2 tsp. ground cumin
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- 2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 oz. velveeta
- 2 tbsp. milk
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cook the pasta according to the instruction on the package.
Brown the ground beef in a skillet and drain; set aside.
Heat the skillet over medium heat and add the onions and garlic; cook until soft and starting to caramelize.
Add the black beans, green chilies and seasonings. Cook for 1 minute.
Add the tomato sauce and ground beef.
Place the Velveeta in a microwave safe bowl with the milk. Heat in 20 second intervals until melted and creamy.
Add the Velveeta mixture, 2 ounces of the grated cheddar, and the pasta to the skillet and mix well.
Pour mixture into a 9x13 glass or ceramic baking dish.
Cover with remaining grated cheddar cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.
Ok guys….now I want to know what is your favorite comfort food? How about one pot meals?