Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lightened-Up Chili Mac

Last weekend, I had a monster craving for mac and cheese. I was also feeling a bit adventurous so decided to tinker a bit with my usual recipe. The result is Lightened-Up Chili Mac!

I took my super easy, foolproof mac and cheese recipe and added a few of my favorite chili ingredients and seasonings. The result was both delicious and healthy! I definitely recommend giving it a try - it really doesn't get any easier than this!

Lightened-Up Chili Mac
Serves 8

1/2 stick butter, melted
2 cups dry macaroni
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup corn
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies (do not drain)
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 cups reduced-fat shredded Mexican cheese
4 cups milk (I used 1 percent)
1/4 cup sliced black olives
Mexican hot sauce (optional, for serving)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat the bottom of a 9x13 pan with the melted butter. Add uncooked macaroni noodles to the pan, followed by the black beans, corn and diced tomatoes. Combine the chili powder, cumin and garlic powder, then sprinkle on top of the noodle mixture. Top with the shredded cheese, then pour the milk on top. 

Bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before eating to allow the casserole to firm up. Top with sliced olives and chopped cilantro. Serve with Mexican hot sauce.

Tell me: What are your favorite mac and cheese add ins?

- ST


  1. I love chili-mac! I always add leftover chili to either pasta or baked potato:). But this will be good to have an actual recipe for, plus olives on top are always a winner!

    1. I always forget about adding chili to baked potatoes but that's a great idea! With olives, of course :)

  2. Oh boy.. I really want to make everything you post now hah. Looks great!

    1. Thanks Jenny! It was pretty tasty, especially given how easy it was to make!

  3. You and I must have the same taste pallet, each of your food posts always make my mouth water. I have never had anything like this before, but I can just tell by looking at it, I would LOVE this!
    Love how easy it looks too, I am going to give this a try sometime this month!

    1. Great minds think alike ;) Let me know what you think if you give it a try!