Easy Skillet Cheese-Topped Chili Macaroni

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is a quick and easy recipe for a weeknight meal. Its very tasty and very filling. DH loves it when I make this and always takes leftovers to work!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large skillet, brown onion and garlic with ground beef.
  2. Drain and return to pan.
  3. Add kidney beans, tomato sauce, water, chili powder, and salt.
  4. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Add cooked macaroni and stir.
  6. Add grated cheddar to top, cover and simmer just until cheese melts.
Most Helpful

Realizing this is a homemade Hamburger Helper, I didn't pre-cook the pasta to al dente. Just throw it in with a little more water. It worked great and WAY less effort than boiling them first. Family loved this!

frugalmary September 15, 2011

It's a good recipe, one you could make quickly to please the whole family. It does need more spice, chili powder and garlic. It is a homemade hamburger helper, which is great. Thanks for sharing!

Chef Smiley7 September 15, 2011

Some people are such food snobs, it's incredible! Obviously, this is not a 50th wedding anniversary party main course, and this is how I will review it. This was incredible for a quick, easy (for Martha's sake, my guy made it while I was at rowing practice and it came out beautifull)and tasty weeknight evening meal. Bravo for a great addition to my personnal list of regular (as in done regularly, not as in "just a regular meal") weeknight meals!

gourmetronik June 21, 2007