Slow Cooker Chili Mac

  • Slow Cooker Chili Mac is an easy comforting dish made right in your crockpot!! Uses simple ingredients right from your pantry!

    I love a good one pot meal that doesn’t require fancy ingredients! This slow cooker chili mac is just that and it’s a long time reader favorite!

    A few other meals that use easy to find pantry staples are Mexican Casserole, Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet, or just check out this post for Recipes Using Pantry Staples.

    Chili Mac in a slow cooker.

    Comfort food is the best kind of food in my opinion! You know that stick to your ribs sort of dish. Especially in times when everything is crazy.

    Lately, things have been sort of crazy and the last thing I want to do is have a sink full of dishes from trying to make a 15 step dinner. No thanks!

    Bowl of chili mac topped with cheese and sour cream.


    • Ground Beef: I like to use lean ground beef for this recipe but use what you have on hand. Just be sure to brown and drain off the grease before adding to the crockpot.
    • Onion and Garlic
    • Chili Beans in Chili Sauce: you can find this in the canned bean isle. There are different brands and some use different beans. Use what you like. My favorite are Bush’s.
    • Crushed tomatoes
    • Diced tomatoes
    • Beef broth: I like to use a low sodium broth. You can also use stock.
    • Chili powder and cumin
    • Macaroni: you can use another short pasta.
    Bowl of chili mac topped with sour cream and cheddar.

    Make it your own!

    Change things up a bit by using ground turkey or Italian sausage instead. I love using a combo of ground beef and Italian sausage when I make chili. It adds so much flavor.

    Add other veggies like bell peppers or even some corn.

    Add all the toppings! We like shredded cheddar, corn chips, green onion, and sour cream.

    Make it spicy by adding in some hot sauce or cayenne pepper.

    Top down view of chili mac in a bowl.

    What to serve with Slow Cooker Chili Mac

    • Simple side salad
    • All the toppings!! Sour cream, shredded cheese, hot sauce, pico de gallo, corn chips, green onions.

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    4.47 from 13 votes
    Slow Cooker Chili Mac
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    8 hrs
    Total Time
    8 hrs 10 mins

    Slow Cooker Chili Mac is an easy comforting dish made right in your crockpot!! Uses simple ingredients right from your pantry!

    Course: Main Dish, Slow Cooker
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chili mac
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 220 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    • 1 pound (550g) very lean ground beef
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 (30 oz) can chili beans in chili sauce or 2 (15-16 oz) cans chili beans in chili sauce
    • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
    • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
    • 2 cups beef broth
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • ½ teaspoon cumin
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 8 ounces elbow macaroni, uncooked
    • Desired toppings: cheddar,sour cream, green onions, corn chips….
    1. Brown ground beef and drain grease. Add to slow cooker and stir in remaining ingredients except for the pasta.

    2. Cover and cook for 4 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on LOW. In the last 15 minutes of cooking stir in the uncooked pasta and cover. Stir and test to see if pasta is to your liking. However, even with the slow cooker off the pasta will continue to cook just from the heat of the chili and crock itself so unless your pasta is really chewy or crunchy I strongly suggest only cooking it for the last 15 minutes of cook time.

    3. Serve immediately with desired toppings.
    Recipe Notes
    1. If you wish not to brown the beef first place ground beef in the bottom of your slow cooker and break into smaller chunks.
    2. Nutrition facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
    Nutrition Facts
    Slow Cooker Chili Mac
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 220 Calories from Fat 54
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 6g9%
    Saturated Fat 2g13%
    Cholesterol 37mg12%
    Sodium 168mg7%
    Potassium 411mg12%
    Carbohydrates 24g8%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 16g32%
    Vitamin A 297IU6%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Calcium 22mg2%
    Iron 2mg11%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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