Chili Mac and Cheese is a spicy one-pot dish of ground venison with onions and garlic, black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, elbow macaroni and some spices then topped with cheddar cheese.
Who would have thought that beans would go well with pasta? Me! Here’s a little gross secret about me. When I make pinto beans and cornbread I like to mix in a little macaroni and cheese in mine. I know I’m weird–my family always makes faces in disgust because beans and pasta don’t mix, but I keep on keeping on being weird! It’s good! It really is.
Even though they make faces at me when I do that they loved this recipe, which has beans and pasta. However, it cannot be compared to adding mac and cheese to pinto beans. As I was informed by my family, it is completely different.
Anyway, I hope you like my recipe as much as my family did. It’s really easy to make and clean up is extremely easy because this recipe is a one-pot meal.
Chili Mac and Cheese
Total Time: 27 minutes
Yield: Abt. 18 cups
Serving Size: 2.25 cups
- 1 lb of venison, ground
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 tsp. garlic
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. of chili powder
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 15 oz. can of black beans, undrained
- 15 oz. can of lite red kidney beans, drained
- 30 oz can of diced tomatoes
- 4 cups of chicken broth
- 2 1/4 cups of macaroni pasta, uncooked
- 2 cups of cheddar cheese, shredded
- Fry the venison until done, which should be about 7 minutes.
- Add the onions, garlic, and spices and stir well.
- Add the tomatoes, beans, pasta, and broth and stir.
- Cook for 15 minutes or until done.
- Add the cheese and let it melt.
This goes great with biscuits or cornbread and a salad and it’s even better the next day, so if you have any leftovers it will be perfect for taking for lunch.
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The good, the bad and the delicious…
- Chili Mac and Cheese is really high in fiber, protein, vitamin a, vitamin c, calcium, and iron. It also has quite a bit of potassium and is low in sugar.
- Unfortunately, it is high in calories, fat, and cholesterol, and might be a little too high in sodium, especially for those of you on a low-sodium diet.
See tips below for making this a more diet-friendly recipe.
Chili Mac and Cheese Nutrition Facts
|Yields: Abt. 18 cups||Serving Size: 2.25 cups|
|Calories 438||Calories from fat: 29|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 14 g||22%|
|Saturated Fat 7 g||36%|
|Monounsaturated Fat 3 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 102 mg||34%|
|Sodium 498 mg||21%|
|Potassium 833 mg||24%|
|Total Carbohydrates 37 g||12%|
|Dietary Fiber 9 g||38%|
|Sugars 4 g|
|Protein 38 g||75%|
|Vitamin A 20%||Vitamin C 27%|
|Calcium 33%||Iron 26%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc.
To make this recipe more diet-friendly…
- To help lower the cholesterol and fat use less fat in your ground venison burger. This recipe was calculated using 80/20 ground venison burger because that’s what most hunters use. If your burger has less fat this recipe will also have less fat and cholesterol. You can use ground venison that has no fat added and it will still be good!
- To help lower the fat, even more, you can use a low-fat beef broth or make venison broth. You can also use a low fat or fat-free cheese.
- To help lower the calories you could use a healthier macaroni and maybe fewer beans. You can also eat less than 2.25 cups. This meal is very filling, so you won’t starve if you cut back a little.
- To help lower the sodium use a salt alternative for the added salt in the recipe or leave it out. Also, use a low-sodium broth or make your own venison broth. Use low sodium diced tomatoes or use fresh from the garden tomatoes. Also, rinse the beans before adding them to the recipe.
- Whatever changes you make to your Chili Mac and Cheese, you can recalculate the nutrition facts at myfitnesspal.com