This very easy recipe uses two pans and has 'pantry' written all over it. It tastes like what you would expect if Hormel® and Chef Boyardee® shared a kitchen. Perfect for kids. Substitute the cavatappi with any full-bodied pasta, such as bow-tie, wagon-wheel, or mostaccioli. You can even sneak in some frozen corn for a little tex-mex feel. Top it with cheese when serving.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
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Directions

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  • Bring water to a boil in a large pot; add salt. Pour cavatappi into the boiling water and cook until tender but firm to the bite, 10 to 12 minutes; drain and rinse cavatappi.

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  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic in the hot oil until onion is softened and transparent, 5 to 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and stir ground beef into onion mixture. Cook and stir until ground beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain excess grease and return skillet to heat.

  • Mix tomato sauce, chili powder, and cumin into ground beef mixture; cook, stirring occasionally, until tomato sauce is heated through, about 3 minutes. Stir cavatappi into meat sauce until evenly coated; add black beans and pepper. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until flavors have blended, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

For a little extra spice, add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder.

Nutrition Facts

395 calories; protein 22.9g 46% DV; carbohydrates 45g 15% DV; fat 13.7g 21% DV; cholesterol 46.4mg 16% DV; sodium 781.7mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2016
Simple, delicious and VERY kid friendly! I did add some chopped green pepper to the onions and because I didn't have quite enough tomato sauce, I added in a can of petite diced tomatoes (undrained). The whole family devoured this! This chili has a nice, mild flavor that is perfect for any pallet (though, I am sure you could easily up the heat factor). I will def be making this quick and easy recipe again~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2016
Simple, delicious and VERY kid friendly! I did add some chopped green pepper to the onions and because I didn't have quite enough tomato sauce, I added in a can of petite diced tomatoes (undrained). The whole family devoured this! This chili has a nice, mild flavor that is perfect for any pallet (though, I am sure you could easily up the heat factor). I will def be making this quick and easy recipe again~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2016
Made as written at the request of my husband who was remembering this from his childhood. He said it was perfect. New to me, but decent cold weather comfort food. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2020
Delicious!! The only changes I made were to use kidney beans instead of black beans and some members of my family topped theirs with shredded cheese. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2020
Easy, quick, and good for a kid friendly meal. Read More