Chili Mac n Cheese

04- Chilli Mac n Cheese

A fun twist on your traditional chili. Loaded with veggies and tons of spices, every bite is a jam packed with flavor and the melting cheese adds a lovely richness.


- Zehra, The FitNest



Chili Mac n Cheese

  • 1 Ib Crescent Foods Angus Ground Beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 onion , finely chopped
  • 1 bell red pepper , chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 28 oz crushed canned tomato
  • 14 oz can black beans, drained
  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth (chicken broth also ok)
  • 250g pasta (you can use gluten free if you’d like)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack)
  • Coriander / cilantro finely chopped , for garnish

Spices (Homemade Chili Powder): 

You can also use a ready made packet of Chili seasoning.

  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper or pure chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika powder
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¾ tsp salt


  1. Chop all the veggies, drain the beans and set everything aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and add onions and garlic. Mix for a few minutes till onions begin to soften.
  3. Add in ground beef and cook for 5 minutes till meat begins to brown and cook through.  
  4. Add in veggies and mix for another 5-7 minutes. Till they start to become a little soft.
  5. Stir in crushed tomatoes, add in black beans, corn and broth. Mix well and add in all the spices.
  6. Let chili come to a simmer and add in pasta and mix well.
  7. Cover chili with a lid, if you find it a little to thick you can add ½ cup water. Simmer till pasta is cooked 20-25 minutes.
  8. Once pasta is cooked, stir everything together and mix in shredded cheese.
  9. Serve into bowls and top with chopped coriander, lime and hot sauce!


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Heifa's Bio

Heifa, is a Chicago based Middle Eastern Food Blogger. Her mission is to develop simple, and easy recipes infused with the Mediterranean flavors that she grew up eating. Her hope is for people to get back in the kitchen and make food that is beneficial for them and their families without lacking in flavor.

Zehra, The Fitnest

To Zehra, nourishing meals are more than just that – they are dishes that feed and nourish our bodies. Healthy eating, fitness and being a loving mother of two are Zehra’s greatest passions. With a Kinesiology and Health Sciences background, she uses this knowledge to encourage her followers to live a healthier life through nutritional eating and ongoing fitness. The recipes that Zehra will share will have you trying different tastes a flavors from around the world.