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Crocked Chili Mac

Makes: 6 servings
Prep 35 mins Slow Cook 2 hrs to 3 hrs  (high)
Crocked Chili Mac
  • 1 1/2  pounds  ground beef
  • 1  cup  chopped onion (1 large)
  • 4  garlic, minced
  • 1 15  ounce can  chili beans in chili gravy, undrained
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • 1 1/4  cups  beef broth
  • 3/4  cup  chopped green sweet pepper (1 medium)
  • 1/3  cup  tomato paste
  • 1  tablespoon  chili powder
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  ground cumin
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 8  ounces  dried elbow macaroni
  • 1  tablespoon  vegetable oil
  •  Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
Directions Tailgate day::

1. In a large skillet cook ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat until meat is brown and onion is tender, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat.

2. Transfer meat mixture to a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with a car adapter. Stir in chili beans in gravy, tomatoes and chiles, broth, sweet pepper, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 2 to 3 hours.

3. Meanwhile, cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Transfer cooked macaroni to a storage container. Drizzle with oil; toss gently to coat. Cover and chill until ready to leave home.

4. Tightly cover slow cooker and tote in an insulated carrier. Tote macaroni and, if desired, cheese in an insulated cooler with ice packs.

5. At the tailgating site, plug slow cooker into car adapter and keep chili warm on warm-heat setting. About 10 minutes before serving, stir macaroni into chili to reheat. Stir before serving. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.

From the Test Kitchen
  • 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with a car adapter
  • Insulated carrier
  • Insulated cooler with ice packs
Nutrition Facts (Crocked Chili Mac)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 569,
  • Fat, total (g) 27,
  • chol. (mg) 81,
  • sat. fat (g) 9,
  • carb. (g) 51,
  • Monounsaturated fat (g) 11,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 8,
  • sugar (g) 8,
  • pro. (g) 31,
  • vit. A (IU) 1020,
  • vit. C (mg) 26,
  • sodium (mg) 933,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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