Short on time? You can also make this easy chili mac recipe in your Instant Pot! To avoid any chance of cheese burning during cooking, our Test Kitchen recommends saving one cup of the cheese to top-off your chili when it's ready to eat.

Colleen Weeden
Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Jason Donnelly

Recipe Summary

15 mins
6 hrs to 8 hrs (low) or 3 to 4 hours (high) + 30 minutes (high)
Max Servings:
8 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Slow Cooker
  • In a 12-inch skillet cook ground beef, onions, and garlic over medium-high heat until meat is browned; drain off fat. Stir in chili powder and oregano; cook and stir 1 minute.

  • Transfer meat mixture to a 4- to 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in broth, beans, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or high 3 to 4 hours. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

  • If using low, turn to high. Stir in cooked pasta and 1 cup of the cheese. Cover and cook 30 minutes more or until heated through. Top servings with remaining 1 cup cheese and cilantro.

Pressure Cooker
  • In a 6-qt. electric or stove-top pressure cooker combine ground beef, onions, and garlic. For electric cooker, use sauté setting to cook mixture until meat is browned; for stove-top cooker, cook mixture directly in pot until meat is browned. Drain off fat. Stir in next eight ingredients (through uncooked pasta) and 1 cup of the cheese. Lock lid in place. Set electric cooker on high pressure to cook 4 minutes.

  • For stove-top cooker, bring up to pressure over medium-high heat according to manufacturer's directions; reduce heat enough to maintain steady (but not excessive) pressure. Cook 4 minutes. Remove from heat. For electric or stove-top cooker, release pressure quickly. Open lid carefully; stir chili. Top servings with remaining 1 cup cheese and cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

547 calories; total fat 29g; saturated fat 13g; polyunsaturated fat 1g; monounsaturated fat 10g; cholesterol 113mg; sodium 1003mg; potassium 701mg; carbohydrates 33g; fiber 4g; sugar 3g; protein 37g; trans fatty acid 1g; vitamin a 1022IU; vitamin c 12mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 6mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 57mcg; vitamin b12 2mcg; calcium 369mg; iron 5mg.