Chili Mac

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Leftover chili can be repurposed easily with pasta. This Chili Mac is a favorite and almost asked for first before having a bowl of chili as a meal.

The kids love when I use different shaped pasta to make this easy pasta dish.

Their favorite is always the twist or spring pasta as they call them.

The chili is a basic recipe you can use mine listed here or your favorite you make for your family.

There really isn't much to this one, it's just a filling comfort satisfying meal and a great second meal if you have that big pot of leftover chili.

I also include a quick hamburger helper suggestion below for those who don't even like making chili!

We also love pouring chili on a hamburger or over a taco bowl salad, nachos chips for an appetizer, tortilla casserole or making hot pockets.

Making a huge pot never goes to waste in our home, we always have another idea to use it up.

Check out the recipe ideas and scroll down to print this off.

This is a delicious comforting meal during the cooler months in winter.

Easy Meal

If you're looking for an economical meal, this is it!

It's fun to eat and making a new meal out of leftovers saves time and money.

I sure know what it's like to juggle a busy day around,

Sometimes coming up with new ideas is challenging.

Pasta is always a fun choice and this dinner seems to satisfy even the picky eaters.

I even make a huge pot of chili ahead of time and freeze it in containers, thaw overnight and it's ready to dump on my favorite pasta when I need a quick meal.

Ingredients for Chili Mac to Keep on Hand

  • Leftover Chili
  • Your Favorite Pasta
  • Shredded Cheeses
  • Taco Toppings 
  • Sliced Olives
  • Sliced Peppers
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Tortilla Chips

this is homemade chili that has hamburger sauce and sausage cooked with red beans

Making Chili Mac Quick Version

  1. can of beans in chili saucecooked ground beef with added taco seasoning
  2. pasta, rice, or polenta cornmeal cooked to package instructions and drained 
  3. combine beans and beef with taco mix cook until flavors are combined around 8 minutes pour over pasta

this is sauteed hamburger with green chili peppers

Serving Suggestions for Chili

  • Use over pasta
  • Use over rice
  • Use over tortilla chips
  • cooked cornmeal (polenta)
  • Use on top of salad
  • Use over baked potatoes or french fries
  • Not a meat-eater? Make Vegetarian Chili
  • Use as a filling for tacos, enchiladas or burritos

this is a pan of chili with pasta

Pasta to Use

  • elbows
  • baby shells
  • penne
  • wagon wheels
  • rigatoni
  • spirals any other shape you prefer

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Some other recipes to try:

Guinness Chili
Guinness Chili topped baked potatoes
Southwest Chili
Sloppy Joe Italian Style

Get Creative

This Chili Mac and is fun and delicious to eat.

Everything tastes better with melted cheese, doesn't it?

Just get creative with making another delicious meal with leftovers, most of the time, it's better than that original pot of chili, since it's all dressed up.

I even fooled them thinking I made it all the same day and it wasn't leftovers, seriously.

Sometimes things can all taste the same and get really boring, just a few extra toppings will make this
absolutely delicious and hey the more cheese the better right?

Chili Mac recipe card

Chili Mac

Yield: 10
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 12 Mtotal time: 22 M
This is leftover chili used with your favorite pasta, a terrific repurposed meal everyone loves in the cooler months.


  • Choose from My Favorite Chili Recipe Links Below or 1 batch of you favorite Chili Recipe or use store-bought
  • Italian Merlot Chili 
  • Old World Style Chili
  • Southwestern Chili
  • Vegetarian Chili
  • Garnish with any of these depending on how you like chili, you can also add the same garnishing with your pasta dish here are some suggestions:
  • Grated cheese
  • Shredded mozzarella or cheddar
  • Sliced Black olives
  • Hot pepperoncini or jalapenos
  • A dollop of ricotta cheese or sour cream
  • Shredded lettuce and tomatoes
  • Crushed Tortilla chips
  • Garlic Bread


How to cook Chili Mac

  1. Boil your favorite pasta to the package instructions and drain.
  2. (Twists, Spirals, Seashells, Elbows ( just to name of few)
  3. Heat the leftover or freshly made chili in a pan, and fold the drained pasta into the chili.
  4. Depending on how much chili you have, I usually make 1/2 pound of the boxed pasta, cook it and add to around 8 cups of leftover chili.
  5. Note: for more sauce add 1 can of jarred favorite sauce or 1- 12 ounces can of crushed tomatoes.
  6. Garnish with any toppings your family likes.
  7. Note: for a quick chili recipe use beans in chili sauce canned, cooked ground beef and taco seasoning mix. Mix together, top with your favorite cooked pasta and add garnishes as suggested.
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Don't Forget To Try My Chili Recipes!

Old World Chili

Italian Chili Merlot

Vegetarian Chili

Guinness Chili

White Chicken Chili

Red Chicken Chili

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2017. It was edited and re-published in 2019.


  1. Sounds good! Our chili is always over pasta with cheese and green onions on top.


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