Chili-Macaroni and Cheese

Chili-Macaroni and Cheese
Servings: 8 Prep 15 mins Bake 375°F 30 mins Cook 20 mins


  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot-pepper sauce
  • 12 ounces shredded Cheddar (3 cups)
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

Make It

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Bring large pot salted water to boil. Mix chili powder and cumin.

2. Melt butter in medium-size saucepan. Add cornflake crumbs, stirring to coat. Scrape onto waxed paper; reserve for topping. (Wipe out saucepan with paper toweling.)

3. Shake flour and 1 cup milk in covered container until smooth. Combine remaining milk, salt, hot-pepper sauce and 1 tablespoon chili powder mixture in saucepan. Bring to simmering.

4. Whisk flour-milk mixture into milk mixture in saucepan; cook, stirring, for 10 minutes or until thickened and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 cups of the cheese. Cover.

5. Cook macaroni in boiling water for about 8 minutes or until firm but tender; drain.

6. Meanwhile, heat nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and onion; cook, breaking up meat, for 6 minutes or until no longer pink. Carefully drain excess liquid from skillet. Stir tomato paste and remaining chili powder mixture into meat mixture; cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

7. Combine macaroni and cheese sauce in macaroni cooking pot. Spoon half of mixture into prepared baking dish. Spoon meat mixture evenly over top, spreading level. Top with remaining macaroni. Sprinkle evenly with remaining cheese and reserved cornflake crumbs.

8. Bake in 375 degrees F oven for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 8; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 639, Fat, total (g): 28, chol. (mg): 101, carb. (g): 63, pro. (g): 33, sodium (mg): 1054, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.