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Quick Chili Mac Goulash

Kim Lange
This easy, budget-friendly chili mac goulash can be ready in 30 minutes or less and it’s definitely a classic worth making any night of the week! So tasty and comforting!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8


  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 small onion diced
  • ½ green pepper diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 20 oz + 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce puree or crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup beef or chicken broth can also use water
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni pasta cooked al dente (measure out 2 cups uncooked macaroni, then cook it)
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans drained well
  • 1 to 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese or cheeses of choice
  • Optional add-in ingredients: 1 teaspoon cumin seasoning black beans, pinto beans
  • Toppers: Fresh chopped green pepper onion, jalepenos , sour cream, monterey jack cheese, mexican cheese, parmesan cheese


  • Prepare water for macaroni and do not overcook, should be a al dente. Drain macaroni and set aside.
  • In a large pan, brown ground beef or ground turkey with salt and pepper over medium heat.
  • Drain excess fat.
  • Add onion, green pepper and garlic and seasonings and cook until vegetables are slightly tender.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, seasonings and kidney beans to meat mixture and bring to a boil, then lower heat and allow to simmer while stirring occasionally, until the chili thickens (about 10 minutes).
  • Add cooked macaroni, stir well and continue cooking for a minute or two
  • Sprinkle cheese over top of your chili goulash and cover with the lid for a minute or two, or until the cheese has melted and serve, or let person add as much cheese they would like and microwave.
  • Serve with any additional add-ins you would like and don't forget the butter bread!


Can substitute minced garlic for 1 teaspoon garlic powder.
Can substitute chopped onion for 2 teaspoons onion powder.
If you want a heartier sauce, add in a tablespoon or two of tomato paste.  It will make it thicker and sticks to the pasta nicely.
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