Chili Macaroni and Cheddar Bake

Chili Macaroni and Cheddar Bake makes easy work of  a weeknight  chili mac  casserole with ground  beef, beans, noodles, corn and  cheese.

Chili Macaroni and Cheddar Bake

Chili Macaroni and Cheddar Bake

By Sue Lau | Palatable  Pastime

Chili Macaroni and Cheddar Bake  is  my recipe of the day. I am posting with Improv Cooking Challenge,  which meets monthly to post on a variety of topics combining two ingredients  together  in a single recipe.

This month we are putting together corn and cheese. Since we are heading into early fall, my thoughts have been leaning towards chili and  comfort foods. So I decided to put together a casserole using these  ingredients.

The  corn and  the cheese go very well with the chili, macaroni and beans. This is a dinner you can put together in a flash and one  most children will love.

Chili Macaroni and Cheddar Bake

Cook  Ahead for Convenience

Besides using canned products you might  choose to use some you have made ahead, such as freezing packs of cooked beans or chili. That would keep things economical while  still saving  time.

I  often will cook a larger quantity of something  and make freezer stash  packs, especially since we are a small family now. Today  I even have some Italian sausage and hamburger ready to become some meatballs just so I can have  them prepped, cooked and easy to thaw for things like spaghetti, meatball sandwiches,  or party meatballs.

Pivoting to Plan “B”

I never know when I am  going to get busy suddenly,  or  have something  happen  like getting a headache or just not feeling  like cooking and wanting  something  quick and easy.

ALthough we all like  take-out,  most of that isn’t very good and  is often overpriced.

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    Chili Macaroni and Cheddar Bake

    Chili Macaroni and Cheddar Bake

    Sue Lau
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    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 40 minutes
    Course Main Dish
    Cuisine American


    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 cup chopped onion
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 cup frozen corn
    • 3 cups uncooked macaroni noodles
    • 15 ounce can chili with no beans
    • 15 ounce can red kidney beans rinsed and drained
    • 10 ounce can Rotel tomatoes and green chillies undrained
    • 15 ounce jar nacho cheese sauce
    • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


    • Preheat oven to 375F.
    • Cook macaroni according to package directions and drain.
    • While pasta is cooking, brown ground beef, onion, garlic, salt and black pepper in a skillet; drain fat.
    • Stir in the frozen corn, no-bean chili, rinsed and drained kidney beans, and the undrained can of tomatoes and green chillies.
    • Heat through, then stir in the jar of nacho cheese sauce until it is incorporated.
    • Stir in the cooked noodles.
    • Place chili mac into a lasagna or oblong baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
    • Sprinkle the top with the shredded cheddar.
    • Bake 25 minutes or until casserole is hot and cheese is melted.


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