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Skinny One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

This Skinny One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is a skinny version of a classic Chili Mac recipe-which combines two great comfort foods-Chili and Mac and Cheese. This is a quick and easy dish the entire family will love! 

THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY LAURAS LEAN, ALL OPINIONS ARE 100% MY OWN.   

 I’ve teamed up with Carusele to participate in the LaurasLean campaign, to make this Skinny One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese using Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Beef.

What makes Laura’s Lean Beef different than other brands of beef?

 Unlike most other “natural” beef, Laura’s Lean product is a “Never Ever” offering, meaning their protein is sourced from suppliers that raise their cattle without ever using added hormones or antibiotics and are always vegetarian fed.

 Laura’s 96% Lean Beef is certified through the American Heart Association heart check program and meets USDA standards for “Extra Lean?”  That means each 4 oz. serving of Laura’s Lean contains less than 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 mg of cholesterol per 100 grams serving. 

Where can I find Laura’s Lean ground beef, patties or plant-based burgers?

Find Laura’s Lean ground beef or plant-based products near you using the Store Locator HERE.

 

How do I make this Skinny One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese?

Fill a large Dutch oven or stockpot with water and cook 8 oz. of macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set pasta aside.

Return pot to stove on medium-high heat. Spray the Dutch oven or stockpot with non stick cooking spray.

Add the ground beef and cook for about 5 minutes, breaking up the meat with a spatula. Once meat is cooked, drain excessive liquid, if needed. 

Add onion and garlic. Cook onions and garlic until onions are soft. 

Add tomato sauce, green chilies, kidney beans, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer, occasionally stirring. Cook for about 15 minutes. 

Combine the cooked pasta and cheese to the meat and beans.

Cook for another minute or until well combined and the cheese is melted. 

Serve with your favorite toppings such as: fat free sour cream, sliced onions, or additional cheese. 

 

 

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  1. Fill a large 5-quart Dutch oven or stockpot with water and cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set pasta aside.
  2. Return pot to stove on medium-high heat. Spray the Dutch oven or stockpot with non stick cooking spray. Add the ground beef and cook for about 5 minutes, breaking up the meat with a spatula. Once meat is cooked, drain excessive liquid, if needed.
  3. Add onion and garlic. Cook onions and garlic until onions are soft.
  4. Add tomato sauce, green chilies, kidney beans, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer, occasionally stirring. Cook for about 15 minutes.
  5. Combine the cooked pasta and cheese to the meat and beans. Cook for another minute or until well combined and the cheese is melted. 
  6. Serve with your favorite toppings such as: fat free sour cream, sliced onions, or additional cheese for additional points.

 

Servings: Makes 8 ( 1 and 1/4 cup) servings

myWW Green: 7 SmartPoints per serving

myWW Blue: 6 SmartPoints per servings

myWW Purple: 4 SmartPoints per serving if using whole wheat elbow noodles or 6 Smartpoints per serving if using regular elbow noodles

Yield: 8

Skinny One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

Skinny One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

This Skinny One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese is a skinny version of a classic Chili Mac recipe-which combines two great comfort foods-Chili and Mac N' Cheese. This is a quick and easy dish that the entire family will love! 

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Laura’s Lean 96% ground beef 
  • 8 oz. dry elbow macaroni (I use Barilla Plus elbows or whole wheat)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves or 1 Tbsp, minced
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 can (16 oz.) dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can (4 oz.) diced fire roasted green chilies
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced petite tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 and 1/2  tsp chili powder 
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded reduced fat cheese ( I use Velveeta shreds) 
  • Green onions, fat free sour cream or plain yogurt, or additional cheese for garnish

Instructions

    1. Fill a large 5-quart Dutch oven or stockpot with water and cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set pasta aside.
    2. Return pot to stove on medium-high heat. Spray the Dutch oven or stockpot with non stick cooking spray. Add the ground beef and cook for about 5 minutes, breaking up the meat with a spatula. Once meat is cooked, drain excessive liquid, if needed.
    3. Add onion and garlic. Cook onions and garlic until onions are soft.
    4. Add tomato sauce, green chilies, kidney beans, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer, occasionally stirring. Cook for about 15 minutes.
    5. Combine the cooked pasta and cheese to the meat and beans. Cook for another minute or until well combined and the cheese is melted. 
    6. Serve with your favorite toppings such as: fat free sour cream, sliced onions, or additional cheese.

    Servings: Makes 8 ( 1 and 1/4 cup) servings

    myWW Green: 7 SmartPoints per serving

    myWW Blue: 6 SmartPoints per servings

    myWW Purple: 4 SmartPoints per serving if using whole wheat elbow noodles or 6 Smartpoints per serving if using regualr elbows

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 6gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 785mgCarbohydrates: 48gNet Carbohydrates: 40gFiber: 8gSugar: 3gProtein: 36g

KRISTY TAYLOR

Saturday 26th of September 2020

This recipe is SO yummy. I will be making it for the 2nd time this week. It totally fools you--- totally feels like it should be unhealthy but its not. Its so filling. I usually make it for dinner and then have the leftovers for lunch the next couple of days.

Jocelyn

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

I'm newer to Weight Watchers. If I only have 99% ground turkey on hand, could I sub that in? Would that affect the points?

Sabrina

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

I used 93% fat free turkey and ended up with 8SP per serving.

Patsann

Wednesday 4th of March 2020

I finally tried your chili Mac recipe and it was awesome. I used the ingredients listed but added some of Daks taco seasoning. Loved it. Thanks for this delicious WW meal

mary anderson

Tuesday 25th of February 2020

its been a while i've been through this site and i love learing from your site every recipe has it own taste and this right here is a master piece really love that i used to make these going to try it out again thanks for such great recipe :)

Greg

Tuesday 25th of February 2020

Spectacular dish... we absolutely will make it again and again.

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