"This is an old family recipe that my mom has cooked for 50 years. It's a wonderful, 'stick-to-the-ribs' meal that goes wonderful with warm cornbread or rolls. I find that kids love this when they don't like regular 'spicy' chili. Enjoy!" — Sue
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green bell pepper, chopped
1 (15 ounce) can
kidney beans, drained
2 (10.75 ounce) cans
condensed tomato soup
2 (14.5 ounce) cans
salt and pepper to taste
This dish can be made in one deep frying pan with a lid. Saute the beef with the onions, peppers and celery until translucent. Add the rest of the ingredients including the macaroni mix well and cover. Cook until macaroni is done (about 15 minutes) stirring occasionally. The flavors blend better using this method and there's only one pan to wash. A tablespoon of chili powder is nice and not to spicy.
I think something was wrong on the recipe... only 1 cup of macaroni and 2 cans of tomato soup and 2 cans of diced tomatoes... was more like soup.. not a bad taste, but was looking for something heartier
The previous reviewer needs to be a bit less negative and read the explanation of the recipe; it is NOT intended to be like regular chili--I take no responsibility for the name "chili mac"---the recipe is over 50 years old, who knows why they called it that?? That's why I explained in the intro that IT'S NOT SPICY! And, by the way, macaroni is the main ingredient in macaroni and cheese, and, I don't know about you, but I would consider that dish to be pretty all-American...not Italian.
I am not a big fan of Hambuger Helper-type boxed dinners: due to the preservatives and sometimes the quality of boxed/dried foods. This is a little bit sweet, HOMEMADE "hamburger helper" that kids and, everyone that tries it, seems to like a lot. I do not use three pans to make, however. I just re-use the macaroni pot and skip the boiling of the celery and green peppers and just add them to the browned and DRAINED ground meat: and cook til celery is tender. Then finish recipe, as stated. I believe it adds more flavor that way. This is great as a leftover! Thanks for the recipe!
I knew my boyfriend would like this but wasn't sure if I would since I like spicier chili's (not much of sweet/mild fan). BUT I ended up loving this with my boyfriend!! I only used 1 can tomatoes (undrained), 1 can of tomato soup (it was all I had) but added a soup can of water like others mentioned and added the kideny beans (also undrained). Very good! I ofcourse sprinkled some sharp shredded cheddar cheese to melt over my bowl but my boyfriend raved about this as it was! Thanks Sue! Your mom is a great cook!
WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, I made this just like the recipe,,Thanks so much.. God bless you.
This is absolutely delicious! Because my husband is diabetic, I used a low-carb elbow pasta and substituted 1 tbsp chili powder and 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper for the brown sugar. It was amazing - far better than any boxed concoction out there! What a great family recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!
This was pretty good. I did not precook my green pepper and onion as we like it a little "fresher". It cooked enough after adding the meat to it. Also added a little chili powder to it, since it is called chili mac. Kids don't like green peppers or onions, so not too kid friendly. All in all, not bad...Maggie
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Gramma's Old Fashioned Chili Mac
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 202
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