chili macaroni

November 11, 2011


1 lb lean ground beef or uncooked ground turkey
1/2 c chopped onion (1 medium)
1 20 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chilies
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 c pasta of choice (macaroni, rotini)
1 c cut, precooked green beans
1 c shredded cheddar cheese (4 oz.) – (optional)
tortilla chips (optional)


  1. in a very large skillet, cook ground beef and onion over medium until meat is brown. drain off fat. stir undrained tomatoes, tomato juice, chili powder, and garlic salt into meat mixture. bring to boil. stir in pasta and green beans. return to boiling; reduce heat. cover and simmer about 15 minutes or until pasta and beans are tender.
  2. top with shredded cheddar cheese and serve with tortilla chips, if desired. makes 4 servings.
source (my own photo above)
i’m noticing a trend here… i’m cooking a lot of pasta dishes. it’s probably because pasta is one of my all-time favorite foods and because it’s pretty quick to make. when you’re a teacher and you’re on your feet literally the entire day, the last thing you want to do when you go home is spend more time on your feet preparing dinner. fortunately, i have a husband who isn’t choosy about what he eats and will eat whatever i make, as long as it’s not pickled radishes. and i can definitely live with that =]
i really like how easy this recipe is to cook. i didn’t have any cheddar cheese and didn’t use the tortilla chips, so i guess the version i made really isn’t chili macaroni. i also didn’t have any tomato juice, so i just put in 2 cans of diced tomatoes. i also added some salt and pepper to really bring out the flavors. i used a little more ground beef than what the recipe called for; i used 16 ounces because i couldn’t find anything smaller than that at the grocery store. it worked out because i like my pasta to be a little meatier anyway. i received some chili peppers from my mom and added one to this batch of pasta to give it a little zing.
overall, this smelled great and tasted even better. as i type this, there remains a lingering scent of the dish from yesterday.

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