Carole's Chili Mac


This is a vegetarian version with added pasta for those pasta lovers. I love the taste of the cumin in this recipe.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
6 servings


  • 2 cups whole wheat elbow macaroni

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 (15 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (12 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

  • ¾ cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese

  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water until cooked through but firm to the bite, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion, green bell peppers, and garlic in the hot oil until onion is softened, 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Mix tomatoes and their juices, tomato sauce, hot pepper sauce, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and black pepper into onion mixture; bring to a boil. Add kidney beans, black beans, and corn; reduce heat to low, cover skillet, and simmer chili for 30 minutes.

  4. Stir macaroni into chili, cover skillet, and simmer until macaroni is heated, 5 minutes; top with Cheddar cheese and green onions to serve.

Cook's Note:

This will yield 6 servings as a main course with a salad and garlic bread. Or, as part of a potluck dinner, could yield up to 10 servings depending on the amount of food in total.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

316 Calories
4g Fat
56g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 316
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 1112mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 14g 49%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 47mg 234%
Calcium 161mg 12%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 844mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.