Prep 45 mins
Cook 0 mins
I combined two favorites of mine to make my family's ultimate comfort food! I took this to a pot luck and got rave reviews. I have even made it with cut up hot dogs for chili dog casserole. **Extra note based on reviews: This is not meant to be a spicy dish, if you like your chili hot you might want to use the hot chili seasoning packet, or else use two of the regular ones. You could also add a bit of hot sauce. My family does not eat spicy (hot spicy) food, so this dish is suited to our tastes, if you like extra kick, adjust it to suit yours!
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 16 ounces kidney beans
- 16 ounces tomato sauce
- 1 (1 1/4 ounce) envelopemccormick chili seasoning mix (if you like it spicy, use two or use the hot one)
- 4 ounces elbow macaroni
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- Brown ground beef and drain fat.
- Add kidney beans, tomato sauce and chili seasoning; mix well.
- Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, boil macaroni according to package directions for al dente; drain.
- In a large saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour, mustard and paprika. Slowly add milk, stirring until smooth.
- Cook over medium heat until mixture boils, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 1 minute, continuing to stir.
- Remove from heat and stir in cheese until completely melted. Fold in drained macaroni.
- Add macaroni and cheese mixture to chili and mix well; pour into 9x13 baking dish.
- Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.
Wonderful recipe! I did a half recipe with no kidney beans but kept in the 4 oz pasta (we used whole grain) and used my own chili mix. It was just right in spice! Thanks, JenniferK2!
My DH and son (had to pick out the beans) both liked it. Although I must say it needed more sauce and more spice to it. Was a little bland, but we added Parmesan cheese to it and turned out good. I think next time I will add a little more tomato sauce and spices to it for me (my DH and son are both more bland eaters - so if your family likes things simple and not a whole lot of spice/sauciness then follow the recipe as stated, if not just up the spice and all. )
Followed recipe exactly. DH liked this, but had to add a lot more chili powder/seasoning to it. I was nervous because it looked like a LOT of liquid...but it thickened up to a nice consistency. Good recipe, just needs a bit more spice I think. Thanks!