Chili Mac and Cheese

By Rena Awada | Updated On June 4, 2019

Chili Mac and Cheese recipe– a quick, easy to make, delicious and comforting vegetarian dish. Perfect for lunch or dinner that the whole family can enjoy. You can now enjoy your two favorite meals combined in a one pot meal.

easy macaroni recipe with chili

Super easy and Delicious Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

What makes this Chili mac and cheese recipe so amazing? You get two of your most favorite comfort foods combined in one. It is very easy to put together, very filling and delicious. This meal is so comforting everyone in the family will love it. It is one of our favorite meals. I decided to skip adding any ground beef to this chili mac recipe to keep it vegetarian-friendly but you can certainly go ahead and add that on for some added protein. We love it just like this.

easy chili recipe with macaroni

What toppings go with Chili?

There are so many different toppings that will go well with chili or chili mac and cheese. Among those options would be, grated cheddar cheese, yogurt or sour cream, freshly chopped coriander, sliced green onions, sliced avocado, sliced jalapenos, diced tomatoes, red onions, and fresh cilantro.

macaroni recipe with beans and cheese topped with green onions

What cheese goes with chili best?

Shredded Cheddar Cheese is the most popular and best cheese to serve over chili. Whether you use mild, moderate or sharp would be a personal preference. If you prefer not to use cheddar cheese you can also use Monterey or pepper jack cheese.

macaroni made with cheese, beans, topped with green onions

What can I add to mac and cheese?

If you are here just to find out what you can add to a simple mac and cheese recipe, then there are a few options for you. Try crumbled bacon bits, grated parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, shredded cheese, hot sauce, steamed broccoli, grilled chicken, smoked salmon or ham. If you are making this Chili Mac and Cheese recipe, I’ve listed some topping options in the recipe below.

mac and cheese recipe

Making this Chili Mac and Cheese?

I would love to know what you thought of this mac and cheese recipe. Please come back and leave me a comment below with some feedback. If you can take a moment and rate this recipe I would appreciate it.

Also, here are a few other recipes that I think you might like to check out:

easy chili topped with cheese and green onions

Also, remember to subscribe to my NEWSLETTER for free and receive recipes like this Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe delivered right to your inbox!

Finally, if you try a recipe and you like it, please use my hashtag #healthyfitnessmeals on INSTAGRAM for a chance to be featured! FOLLOW Healthy Fitness Meals on FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | TWITTER for all of my latest blog posts and recipes

mac and cheese recipe

Chili Mac and Cheese

Two comforting meals combined to make a perfectly delicious lunch or dinner
5 from 5 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Rena


  • 7 oz Dried Pasta (I used gluten-free corn macaroni) or whole wheat
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Sweet Onion diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper chopped
  • 3 Cups Chopped Button Mushrooms
  • 1 15 oz Can Black Beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 OZ Can Red Kidney Beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 Cup Frozen Corn
  • 1 15 oz Can Tomato Paste
  • 1 8 oz Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ½ Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 ½ Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 Cups Broth of choice
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Optional Toppings:

  • grated cheddar cheese, yogurt or sour cream, Freshly chopped coriander, sliced green onions, sliced avocado etc.


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, garlic, peppers, and mushrooms. Sauté until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Stir in beans, diced tomatoes, corn and spices and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Add the pasta, tomato paste, and broth and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring frequently, for about 8-10 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked.
  • Pour into bowls and top with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!


Nutritional facts:
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 638mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1530IU | Vitamin C: 46.4mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3.4mg
Tried this Recipe? Tag me Today!Mention @HealthyFitnessMeals or tag #HealthyFitnessMeals!

Reader Interactions


  1. Courtney says

    5 stars
    Really yummy! I added ground chicken and cut the mushroom….I only had a few on hand. Turned out great. Kids loved it as well.

  2. Leslie Ossai says

    5 stars
    Love this recipe!!!!
    Easy, straightforward, filling and delicious.
    I prep my meals for the week and this gave
    Me a week of lunch. I’ll be making this in the future

Leave A Reply

Recipe Rating

free email bonus

5 Secrets to Easy Healthy Dinners

Tips, ideas & recipes to help you with easy healthy dinners!