Sunday, November 8, 2009

Skillet Chili Mac with Corn and Green Chiles

This dish, from Donna's blog, immediately gained my attention as a great option for our 'meal sharing' plan.  I'm officially dedicating this post to Christy's daughter, Megan, who excitedly named this one "Homemade Hamburger Helper!"  :)  This was a great recipe for busy families for several reasons: it's inexpensive, it's all made in one skillet-- so much less to clean up, and it comes together incredibly quickly!  I will note that if you are making it for kids, you might want to consider decreasing the amount of green chiles you use.  I left mine out completely and it still had a nice kick as a result of the chili powder.  Thanks, Donna, for another great one!

Skillet Chili Mac with Corn and Green Chiles
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 pound ground beef
1 onion, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
½ teaspoon salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
16 oz. can tomato sauce
2 cups water
8 ounces (2 cups) elbow macaroni
1 cup frozen corn
1 4.5-oz can chopped green chiles
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 cups shredded cheese (I used a mexican cheese blend)

Heat the oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef, onion, chili powder, cumin and ½ teaspoon salt. Cook the ground beef until it is no longer pink, draining off any grease. Stir in garlic and brown sugar and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomato sauce, water, and macaroni. Cover and cook, stirring often and keeping the heat at a steady simmer, until the macaroni is tender, about 12–15 minutes.  Stir in 1 cup of the cheese, frozen corn, green chiles and cilantro and sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese over the top. Cover and let sit off the heat until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes.

Source: Donna at My Tasty Treasures


  1. Yum! Perfect comfort food - I love meals like this!

  2. I have this one written down for next weeks grocery list!

  3. Looks like a definite family pleaser!! So creamy and delicious.

  4. This was delicious! I can't wait to show Meg that you dedicated your post to her-LOL!!! :)

  5. That sounds amaaaaaaaaaazing. I think green chilis make any dish more exciting. I like my mac and cheese with a little zing!

  6. That Donna, she sure knows how to make great food. I am a little biased, as we are sisters, but yours looks fantastic

  7. oh i'm loving all that cheese, yummy!

  8. This looks soooo good. Look at all that goodness is oozing! YUM YUM YUM

  9. I love chili mac- it's so simple and comforting.

  10. Yum! I bet my kids would just love this!

  11. i'm definitely gonna try this next week!!!


  12. I am so thrilled you liked this. Thank you so much for the kind words!!