Chili Mac ‘N’ Cheese

Sorry in advance for such a short post. I am trying to keep up with providing you all with tasty recipes while also trying to live life to the fullest for my 8 months in Hawaii. I know you are all awesome, so I am sure you understand. I am writing this post at 12:15 AM before heading to bed so that I can wake up at 5:30 to head to the North Shore to watch the sunrise and surfing before I go into work again tomorrow afternoon. =)

To go with this rushed post, I give you the perfect food for when you are in a rush. You can make the chili ahead and freeze it, then make this dish anytime you are in a hurry or don’t feel like making an extravagant dinner. Oh and did I mention it is the most delicious meal ever? OK, good.

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Chili Mac 'N' Cheese
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Serves: 4-6
  • 1 can chilli beans (in sauce)
  • 1 can tomatoes (in juice)
  • ½ can corn (drained)
  • ½ onion
  • ½ cup mixed bell peppers
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 10 oz hot Italian sausage
  • 1 box Mac 'N' Cheese (I like the shells!)
  • green onions
  1. In a large pot, combine all ingredients except the mac 'n' cheese and green onions.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the box directions.
  4. To serve, spoon mac 'n' cheese into bowls, add chili, and garnish with green onions.

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9 Responses to Chili Mac ‘N’ Cheese

  1. Kimby says:

    Sunrise and surfing sounds wonderful — enjoy every minute! And bravo for “living life to the fullest” — that’s what it’s all about. :) Thanks for the recipe, too!

  2. Patricia says:

    My husband, while stationed in Hawaii 45 years ago, discovered Chili and Rice. It was ‘beach food’ and a bowl was 15 cents. We are still enjoying a bowl every now and then.

  3. What a fantastic winter comforting meal! Looks gorgeous!

  4. Christine says:

    Sunrise and surfing in Hawaii sounds wonderful. Enjoy your time in Hawaii. Your dish sounds good.

  5. Kiri W. says:

    I actually never had chili mac n cheese, so I am utterly intrigued.
    And your time in Hawaii must be a whirlwind of awesome, but also very exhausting. Hang in there and enjoy it!

  6. whhhhhaaaaat?! mac n cheese and chili?! that’s amazing stuff right there. auh-may-zing!

  7. April says:

    I am so jealous you are in Hawaii! Live it up. This looks delicious, a lot of restaurants in the DC area do this, I will def have to try making it sometime!

  8. kita says:

    Damn right I forgive you – this looks like the perfect dish for me right now. 😉 Enjoy every sunrise you can!

  9. Peggy says:

    Still jealous of your time in Hawaii – waking up to sunrises and surfing sounds like the life!