This chili mac 'n' cheese casserole with salsa, green peppers, and chili powder is ready to serve in less than an hour.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain well. Pour into large bowl.

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  • Toss chili, salsa, green pepper and chili powder with macaroni until well mixed. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese. Spoon into prepared casserole. Top with remaining 1/2 cups cheese.

  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted and lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

397 calories; protein 19.8g 40% DV; carbohydrates 45.1g 15% DV; fat 14.6g 22% DV; cholesterol 43.5mg 15% DV; sodium 924.8mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2015
This was really good and extremely kid friendly but there are a few things to point out. Having read a few reviews that said was dry I only cooked it for about 20 minutes. Everything in it is cooked already all you really need it for it to heat through. Also sour cream is a fantastic addition and we felt it really made the dish. It should really be part of the ingredient list. Next time I'll probably double the recipe since we barely have leftovers for one night my husband had seconds! Update. I made this again and doubled the recipe. I baked it for 30 minutes which was just barely enough to get it warmed through but the top was starting to crisp. Next time I'll probably do 20 minutes covered and then 20 more uncovered to keep the top from burning. Just as tasty the second time around! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
05/15/2017
Just not good. None of us liked it. Read More
47 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2015
This was really good and extremely kid friendly but there are a few things to point out. Having read a few reviews that said was dry I only cooked it for about 20 minutes. Everything in it is cooked already all you really need it for it to heat through. Also sour cream is a fantastic addition and we felt it really made the dish. It should really be part of the ingredient list. Next time I'll probably double the recipe since we barely have leftovers for one night my husband had seconds! Update. I made this again and doubled the recipe. I baked it for 30 minutes which was just barely enough to get it warmed through but the top was starting to crisp. Next time I'll probably do 20 minutes covered and then 20 more uncovered to keep the top from burning. Just as tasty the second time around! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2016
Never would have thought that something so simple would be so tasty. I did add about 2 tbs sour cream to the mixture and I chopped the bell pepper very fine. I liked it but I thought it needed a bit of seasoning hubby wasn't too crazy about it. I think if I make it again I will add 1/2 lb of ground meat and that might be what will make hubby happy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2014
All I can say is.....GOOD! And cornbread on the side is excellent to have with it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2016
I make this all the time but with a couple of changes. Saute the bellpeppers so they don't end up being crunchy and don't use ChiChis. I tried it and it tastes sweet and vinegary at the same time. Ruined my whole dish. I use Pace now. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/25/2016
Extremely kid/family-friendly as written. I agree with many other cooks that as written the casserole turned out a bit dry. I would add two cans of chili. As an experienced cook I knew that I'd have to tweak the recipe to please our grown-up palates. I added two chopped Roma tomatoes used sharp Cheddar and pepper jack cheeses 1 can drained and rinsed black beans (Hormel Chili was without beans) 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin and a few sprinkles of cayenne. I also cut the macaroni down to 6 ounces. Even with my changes I'd use two cans of chili to relieve dryness issue. My husband likes chili mac lunches so I will be making this again. Add a nice crispy garden salad and you have a good satisfying meal. Thank you Hormel for the inspiration! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2016
Excellent recipe... easy and very tasty; my whole family enjoyed it. I did make some changes based on what I had on hand... I had no macaroni pasta but I did have a package of Kraft dinner that I wanted to use up so I used that in place of the pasta portion of the recipe. I was low on cheese so was hoping the package of "cheese" powder would be adequate for the flavour. I used about 2 cups of leftover home-made chili with beans and only a cup of salsa as the chili was runny enough. I omitted the green pepper as there was green pepper in the chili. I threw in about a half a cup of packaged grated nacho-blend cheese topped it with another half a cup baked until bubbly and everyone gobbled it up! I'll definitely be making this again... this is a good example of a dish being more than the sum of it's parts... so simple but SOOOO tasty! Next time I'll likely try it with the macaroni pasta as per the recipe and also I'll double it as it made just barely enough for the 4 of us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2014
I made this last night and the whole family loved it! Made it just like the recipe except I doubled it. We ate it with sour cream and a little cilantro on top. I will make this again for sure because it is a quick easy comfort food meal that everyone loved (especially my husband and son). Thanks for sharing such a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2016
This will become a stand alone meal for my family. Everyone was happy. Next time more cheese! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2015
This is a AWESOME recipe! My boyfriend and I made it last night because I wanted mac and cheese and he wanted chill so we compromised! Also we added a pound of hamburger and that made it even better and more filling! Also you could always use a little more cheese! I definitely recommend making this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/15/2017
Just not good. None of us liked it. Read More