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Wacky Mac

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"This is a fun, colorful dish that is hearty and delicious. Great served with a simple salad or bread and butter. I use the hot chili, but mild would work fine too."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    45 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Place ground beef in a large, deep skillet. Season with chili powder and cayenne. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Stir in onion and green pepper. Season with salt. Simmer until onion is tender and translucent. Drain excess fat. Stir in chili, corn and cooked pasta. Cover, and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 23, 2003

Very good and easy to make. I was worried about the cayenne making this too spicy so I cut it in half - although I later found that by using mild chili = it covers it up pretty well and next time, I may use the full amt. I used mild chili (one can w/ beans, one can w/out making 30oz total). THIS MAKES ALOT!! My boyfriend came home for lunch and wondered who all I was cooking for :)!! Finally, I added some cheese to melt over my serving but my boyfriend and daughter liked it as it was. NOTE: I think this could use an 8oz can of tomato sauce to ensure that this doesn't get dried out! Leftovers were pretty dry - some tom. sauce might remedy that but overall - a tasty & easy - great when your in a time crunch for lunch.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 10, 2007

We thought too dry (and I even added 1/2 can tomato soup and 1 c. water). We only added 1 t. each of cayenne pepper and chili powder and a little spicy for us. We used chili w/ just beans. If using some w/ meat, watch the meat portions because of adding the ground beef. Noone liked it enough to make again.


12 Ratings

Jul 31, 2008

This was great - made it according to recipe - didn't change anything. It makes a LOT, which for our family of 5 is great. I used Hot Hormel Chili with Beans. We kept leftovers covered and didn't think they were too dry, but maybe I'll experiment next time!

Jul 06, 2003

This recipe was simple and easy. I used chili beans without the meat sauce. It was still very, very good! I also added salsa to it while cooking. Nice and easy and delicious! -Kathy

Jun 26, 2003

Used chili without beans and left out corn because of fussy kids. Easy and delicious.

Jan 03, 2008

I took others advice and added a can of diced tomatoes with onion and garlic to give it a little more sauce. I also added garlic and cilantro. I did not add the corn, but served it with corn bread. I only used 8 oz of pasta, 16 oz was just over the top. I also substituted frozen mixed peppers for the green pepper. I really enjoyed this as an alternative to regular old chili.

Jan 20, 2006

Pretty good recipe. I left the corn out and would probably only use a dash of cayenne pepper because I don't like spicy food (my sister said the same thing). There was SO much food - more than I expected so we had lots of leftovers. I sprinkled cheese on my food which made it taste great. I will definitely use this recipe again.

Oct 22, 2005

Well, I ended up not having Chili with beans, so I added two cans of chili ready diced tomatoes and black beans. I used frozen corn instead of canned. I also added fresh garlic to the hamburger. It turned out good. It was still a bit dry, so I might add a can of tomato sauce to what is left. This makes a large batch, lots of leftovers.


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  • Calories
  • 729 kcal
  • 36%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 85.9 g
  • 28%
  • Cholesterol
  • 88 mg
  • 29%
  • Fat
  • 29.8 g
  • 46%
  • Fiber
  • 10.7 g
  • 43%
  • Protein
  • 32.4 g
  • 65%
  • Sodium
  • 1039 mg
  • 42%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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