Monday, June 28, 2010

Chili Mac (Beef & Macaroni)

Don't get me wrong, I can appreciate a fancy gourmet meal as much as the next Hungry Texan but there is always something to be said for simplicity. Chili mac, a favorite from my childhood, takes basic ingredients and combines them in a one pot meal thats sure to please. I crave this stuff regularly and it never disappoints.
Lets dive right in shall we?

Here's what you'll need: 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef, 6 cups cooked macaroni, 2 (15 oz) cans stewed tomatoes, 3 celery stalks, 1/2 white onion, salt & pepper. I know we forgot a few things in the photo - use your imagination!
I made this over at my folks'. Nothing like dirty-ing up someone else's kitchen...

Start by cooking the ground beef until its about 2/3rds done. Season with a bit of salt & pepper.

Meanwhile leave it to Dad to show you a nifty trick to chop those tomatoes. Maybe not the most sanitary, but it definitely works like a charm.

Add thinly sliced onion and tomatoes, allow them a few minutes to cook down a bit. Then add celery, you want the celery to retain a little crunch so it should cook for just a few minutes.

Finally, add macaroni and stir well to combine. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Chili Mac makes fantastic leftovers. Oh and here's the handy printable recipe.


  1. My Dad's chili-mac recipe has been a Winter staple at Casa de Polack for years now! Yours is a bit different but looks great too...

  2. Thanks! Yeah, its really not "Chili Mac" as most people know it. Hank tells me that chili mac is macaroni and cheese mixed with chili, which can't be bad either! We've just always called this as such so I couldn't change the name now.