Chili Mac 'n' Cheese Bake from Hormel

For the month of March I was allowed the opportunity to work with Hormel's canned chili. There are so many ways to use chili, and these quick and easy mac 'n cheese bake is a great weeknight meal. Full of flavor, hearty and filling - and on the table in about 45 minutes! We really enjoyed this dish. Our biggest critique was that it was a little on the spicy side, so I am suggesting starting with 1/2 a TBS of chili powder and increasing to taste (the original recipe calls for 1 full TBS).

Our other suggestion to make this a more complete hearty meal would be to add at least a half pound of ground beef and cook that along with the bell peppers. My sister, Kylie, liked the crunch of the bell peppers but I prefer them to be a little more on the sauteed, cooked side of "done".

Chili Mac 'N Cheese Bake from Hormel on AllRecipes

8 ounces uncooked macaroni
1 (15 ounce) can HORMEL(R) Chili With Beans
1 cup mild chunky salsa
1/2 TBS chili powder (more to taste)
1/2 lb ground beef (suggested)
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain well. Pour into large bowl.
  2. While macaroni is cooking, brown ground beef in a large non stick skillet along with diced bell pepper. Drain grease.
  3. Add Hormel chili, salsa, beef mixture, chili powder, and cooked macaroni in a 9x13 baking dish. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese until evenly combined. Top with remaining 1/2 cups cheese.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted and lightly browned.
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