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Quickie Kraft Chili Mac

I love pantry meals because it helps you to be more creative. HA! Okay, now let’s be serious. I love pantry meals because it means I don’t have to go to the grocery store.

Today I offered to make dinner for Xavier last minute. The idea of going to the grocery store at 5 p.m. was the last thing I wanted to do. I racked my brain for a pantry meal I could make. Ziti, I thought. I’m so brilliant! The minute I got home I started pulling ingredients.. pasta sauce, noodles, ground beef (from the freezer), cheese… wait… cheese? NO!

One thing I certainly have in abundance is Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Xavier and I split a huge 12-pack from Sam’s Club, and ever since I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to use all of it. Tonight was the perfect night for that. I present to you, cheater’s chili mac. Traditional chili mac is more chili with a side of mac, but this Tex-Mex creation was wonderful.

Quickie Kraft Chili Mac
  • 1 box Kraft macaroni and cheese (plus 2 tbsp butter and ¼ cup milk)
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can mild Rotel, drain excess liquid
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  1. Prepare macaroni according to box directions. I recommend only using 2 tbsp butter instead of the recommended 4 tbsp.
  2. While macaroni is cooking, brown the ground beef. Drain excess grease.
  3. Add ground beef, black beans, rotel, chili powder, and cumin and stir.

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  • Reply Gerry @Foodness Gracious

    Your a genius! Great idea for dinner and lucky for Xavier,
    Take care…

    October 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm
  • Reply Carol

    Yes, I could see this happening. I’ve been craving all things chili. In fact, I just had a cup of chili from McAlister’s. What a bright young woman you are…you must get it from your sweet, brilliant mother!

    October 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm
  • Reply Carol

    Come home and cook for your sweet, brilliant mother! Comfort food, please!!!

    October 26, 2011 at 11:26 pm
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