Cincinnati Chili Mac & Cheese

Cincinnati Chili Mac and Cheese

Cincinnati Chili Mac and Cheese taste like my favorite Chili, with the added comfort of Mac & Cheese! This is an easy ground beef (or ground turkey) recipe that’s on the table in just over 20 minutes. And the best part is that you make it in one pot.

This recipe was part of the YouTube collab #slackncheese. Check out the other entries on YouTube by entering the hashtag slackncheese. In this collab, we paired two comfort foods together. We combined Mac & Cheese with my favorite chili, Cincinnati Chili.

Cincinnati Chili is Comfort Food

We are just combining two of the best comfort food recipes into one satisfying meal. Chili (in this case, Cincinnati Chili) and creamy mac and cheese.

On the table in just over 20 minutes, made with ground turkey (or ground beef), pasta, beans, canned tomatoes, everyday spices, and some kind of cheese, it’s sinfully scrumptious!

What type of cheese is best with Cincinnati Chili

The most popular cheese to serve with Cincinnati chili is cheddar cheese. Personal preference would dictate whether it be mild, medium, or sharp cheddar. Monterey or pepper Jack cheese would be another good choice.  In this recipe, we use a combo of cheddar and Jack cheese.

Cincinnati Chili Mac & Cheese

Cincinnati Chili Mac & Cheese

Cincinnati Chili Mac and Cheese tastes my favorite Chili, with the added comfortof Mac & Cheese!This is an easy ground beef (or ground turkey) dinner recipe that’s on thetable in just over 20 minutes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course, Stew
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chili, Pasta
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 410kcal


  • One large pot


  • 1 lb ground turkey or ground beef if you desire
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 14.5 oz can of diced tomato
  • 2 cans kidney bean
  • 1 pkg of Cincinnati Chili Spices
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 10 oz macaroni pasta or similar pasta
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream for garnish
  • chopped cilantro for garnish


  • In a large pot, cook ground turkey and onions over medium high heat until browned.
    Ground Turkey with Onions
  • Add minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, kidney beans, chili powder/spices, salt and pepper, and chicken broth.
    Add Tomatoes to pot
  • Stir, and bring to a boil.
  • Add the pasta, and cook according to package instructions.
    Adding Chicken Stock for the Mac & Cheese
  • Stir in the cheese, and cook for an additional five minutes, or until thickened.
    Cheese on the Cincinnati chili
  • Serve with your favorite toppings. Green onions, sour cream,
    Cincinnati Chili Mac & Cheese


If you can’t find the Cincinnati Chili spice pack (usually sold in Kroger stores) use your favorite chili powder, and add cumin, cinnamon, and other spices to taste.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2.8g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 13.5mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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6 thoughts on “Cincinnati Chili Mac and Cheese”

  1. 5 stars
    Charlie, this looks quick and tasty. It took me back years – I used to make something similar, but less sophisticated, we affectionately called “beef a roni” for a weekday on the run dinner for the boys.

  2. 5 stars
    Looks delicious Charles! Lynne loves mac and cheese and for a change on that I think she would love this!

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