Gramma's Old Fashioned Chili Mac

Gramma's Old Fashioned Chili Mac


"This is an old family recipe that my mom has cooked for 50 years. It's a wonderful, 'stick-to-the-ribs' meal that goes wonderful with warm cornbread or rolls. I find that kids love this when they don't like regular 'spicy' chili. Enjoy!"


40 m servings 489 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 489 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 22.4 g
  • 34%
  • Carbs:
  • 49.2g
  • 16%
  • Protein:
  • 22.1 g
  • 44%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 64 mg
  • 21%
  • Sodium:
  • 997 mg
  • 40%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In a small saucepan, simmer celery and green pepper with water to cover until tender; Drain.
  3. Place ground beef in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook until evenly brown. Add onion, and cook until tender and translucent. Drain excess fat. Add celery and green pepper. Stir in kidney beans, condensed tomato soup, diced tomatoes and brown sugar. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in macaroni.
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  1. 136 Ratings


This dish can be made in one deep frying pan with a lid. Saute the beef with the onions, peppers and celery until translucent. Add the rest of the ingredients including the macaroni mix well and...

The previous reviewer needs to be a bit less negative and read the explanation of the recipe; it is NOT intended to be like regular chili--I take no responsibility for the name "chili mac"---th...

I am not a big fan of Hambuger Helper-type boxed dinners: due to the preservatives and sometimes the quality of boxed/dried foods. This is a little bit sweet, HOMEMADE "hamburger helper" that ki...

I knew my boyfriend would like this but wasn't sure if I would since I like spicier chili's (not much of sweet/mild fan). BUT I ended up loving this with my boyfriend!! I only used 1 can tomatoe...

WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, I made this just like the recipe,,Thanks so much.. God bless you.

This is absolutely delicious! Because my husband is diabetic, I used a low-carb elbow pasta and substituted 1 tbsp chili powder and 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper for the brown sugar. It was amazing...

So Wisconsin! Love it! and so do my Hubby's farmer friends that give it "thumbs up" and come back for more. Thanks Gramma!

This is the best, comes out great everytime. Good with ground turkey too.

Fried the onions and celery with the ground beef, left out the green peppers (kids don't like them), added 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp chili powder. Not enough to overwhelm the kids, but enou...