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Chili Mac

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This is a clean eating recipe for chili mac. It uses 100% whole grain pasta. It feeds 8 people easily and even works as a freezer meal.

Chili Mac
Chili Mac

Chili Mac

Author: Heidi Boortz
Servings : 8

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef 90% lean or leaner
  • 1 lb ground turkey 90% lean or leaner
  • 2 Tbsp bottled minced garlic
  • 1 cup frozen diced onions
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes 28 oz
  • 1 can beer 12 oz, or 12 oz beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 can black beans 14.5 oz, drained
  • 1 can red kidney beans 14.5 oz, drained
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 box 100% whole grain elbow noodles 13.25 oz
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese grated, as topping, optional

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over med heat, cook meats and onion until meat is browned and cooked through. Add garlic and cook 2 more minutes.
  • Add beer (or broth), water, tomatoes, peppers, beans, and spices. Bring to a boil.
  • Add pasta. Stir. Cover and cook 12-15 minutes. Check pasta for doneness. (Pasta is done when it is al dente or to the desired doneness.) Cook longer if necessary, in 5 minute increments.
  • Stir in cheese, if desired.

Freezer Meal Instructions

  • To use as a freezer meal, add all ingredients except water, pasta, and cheese, in a 1 gallon zip top bag. Label and freeze. When ready to cook, remove bag and place frozen contents in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 6 hours. Add water and noodles about 30 minutes before serving and turn to high. Serve when noodles are al dente. Top with cheese if desired.
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