Okay, we admit it: We’ve fallen into the “let’s do something a little bit different with our favorite comfort food” trap. But now that we’re here, we don’t ever want to leave. In this amazing dish, piles of pasta and cheese are taken to a whole new level with ground beef, spices, kidney beans and fresh chilies. Plus, it’s all made in one pan! So grab yourself a bowl, a warm blanket and the TV remote, and you’ll be set for the rest of the evening.

One pot Chili Mac N' cheese - a simple week-night meal to please everybody.

Ingredients:

Serves 5-6

One pot Chili Mac N' cheese - a simple week-night meal to please everybody.

Directions:

  1. Chop up the onions and red pepper into chunks, then finely chop the red chilies.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add in the onion and cook on low-to-medium heat for 8-10 minutes (until the onion is soft and beginning to brown). Add in the garlic and ground beef and fry, stirring regularly to break up the beef, until the beef is no longer pink.
  3. Add in the peppers and stir, then add in the tomato puree, chili flakes, paprika, ginger, cumin, chipotle paste and one of the chopped red chilies. Stir, then add in the macaroni, followed by the stock and canned tomatoes. Stir and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on a low heat for five minutes.
  4. After five minutes, stir in the kidney beans, then place the lid back on and continue to heat for another 8-10 minutes.
  5. Take the lid off and stir through half the cheese, then sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and place the lid back on for 3-5 more minutes, until the cheese has melted.
  6. Remove the lid and sprinkle with the remaining chopped chilies and the chopped cilantro, then serve.
One pot Chili Mac N cheese step1

Chop up the onions and red pepper into chunks, then finely chop the red chilies.

One pot Chili Mac N cheese step2 collage

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add in the onion and cook on a low-to-medium heat for 8-10 minutes (until the onion is soft and beginning to brown). Add in the garlic and ground beef and fry, stirring regularly to break up the beef, until the beef is no longer pink.

One pot Chili Mac N cheese step3 collage

Add in the peppers and stir, then add in the tomato puree, chili flakes, paprika, ginger, cumin, chipotle paste and one of the chopped red chilies. Stir, then add in the macaroni, followed by the stock and canned tomatoes. Stir and bring to the boil, then cover and simmer on a low heat for five minutes.

One pot Chili Mac N cheese step4

After five minutes, stir in the kidney beans, then place the lid back on and continue to heat for another 8-10 minutes.

One pot Chili Mac N cheese step5 collage

Take the lid off and stir through half the cheese, then sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and place the lid back on for 3-5 more minutes, until the cheese has melted.

One pot Chili Mac N' cheese - a simple week-night meal to please everybody.

Remove the lid and sprinkle with the remaining chopped chilies and the chopped cilantro, then serve.

One pot Chili Mac N' cheese - a simple week-night meal to please everybody.

What’s your favorite comfort food for those cooler autumn nights? Let us know in the comments below!