Chili Mac and Cheese

Chili Mac and Cheese

Crispy corn chips are the perfect topper for this main-dish mac and cheese.

Chili Mac and Cheese
Makes about 6 servings
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked
  • Green onion, shredded Cheddar cheese, corn chips, to serve
  1. In a medium Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain; return beef mixture to pan.
  2. Add tomato, ⅓ cup water, chili powder, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and garlic powder; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 12 minutes. Remove from pan. Set aside.
  3. In same pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Whisk in milk, remaining ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in cheese until melted. Stir in beef mixture and cooked pasta. Serve with green onion, cheese, and chips.

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