Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese

Irresistible Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe | ASpicyPerspective.comUtterly irresistible Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe, great for midweek dinners!

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I want you to take a good long look at the images in this post, then close your eyes and just imagine what it smells like.

I assure you, the gently wafting fragrance of this Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese is even more zesty and comforting than you might imagine.

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This year, we are crushing winter dinner times with all our favorite crockpot meals.

It’s so rewarding to walk into the house after a long day of work (and driving little people around) then come face to face with a tantalizing aroma. A soothing reminder that dinner is taken care of, and waiting on you.

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This particular Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe is extremely popular in my house right now. It combines all the best flavors of classic beef chili and creamy mac and cheese, into one giant crock of a beefy, cheesy pasta soup, of sorts.

There are a couple surprise ingredients included that define the bold zesty flavor. I added ground chorizo for depth and spice, bell peppers for tangy sweetness, and sharp cheddar cheese. Adding the sharp cheddar makes it possible to add less cheese, while still providing a rich cheesy taste.

Less cheese equals less money, less fat, and less calories.

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Have I convinced you to try it?

Start by browning the ground beef and chorizo and breaking it into little pieces with a wooden spoon. (If you add uncooked ground beef to a slow cooker, you’ll end up with brick of ground beef in the end.)

Then add in the onions, peppers and garlic to soften.

Pour the meat mixture into the slow cooker, followed by all sorts of yummy chili ingredients: diced tomatoes, green chiles, red beans, chili powder, and so on.

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Let the slow cooker work its magic for a few hours… You can turn it up to high and slow cook for just a couple hours, or set it on low and leave it for the day.

When you come home, stir in dried macaroni noodles, and let it simmer another 30 minutes or so, to cook the pasta.

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Then stir in shredded sharp cheddar cheese and some fresh chopped cilantro!

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This is what you end up with, folks…

Rich chunky Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese with intense flavor and visual appeal.

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I swear, every time I think about this chili mac and cheese I want to dive right into the crock. It makes a fabulous dinner any night of the week and is great for casual get-togethers.

Think Bunko night or for Sunday football games!

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My kids gobble it down and ask for seconds. I’m pretty sure yours will too!

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Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins
Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese, a cozy crockpot meal that can be prepped in minutes. This easy Chili Mac and Cheese Soup is rich and zesty.
Servings: 8
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 550 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 941mg 39%
Potassium 814mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 4g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 27.4%
Vitamin C 39.5%
Calcium 23.2%
Iron 32.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8 ounces Mexican ground chorizo
  • 1 red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 30 ounces canned red kidney beans drained
  • 14.5 ounces "fire roasted" diced tomatoes
  • 4.5 ounces chopped green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/4 cup dried macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Set a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the ground beef and chorizo. Brown the meat and break it into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Then push the ground meat to the edges of the pan and add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté another 3-5 minutes to soften.
  2. Pour the ground meat mixture into the crock of a large oval slow cooker. Add the chicken broth, 1 1/2 cups water, drained beans, diced tomatoes, green chiles, chili powder, cumin, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and slow cook for at least 2 hours on high. However, you could leave the mixture on low for up to 10 hours. When it's close to dinner time, add the dried macaroni noodles and stir. Then cover and slow cook on high for another 30-45 minutes. Once the pasta is soft, stir in the shredded cheese and cilantro. Serve warm, with additional cheese and cilantro if desired.

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14 comments on “Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese

  1. Patty Kposted February 5, 2016 at 8:54 pm Reply

    This looks like all sorts of yum!!!

  2. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted January 27, 2016 at 11:17 pm Reply

    Yes, I am absolutely convinced to try this!! Wowzer!

  3. Gaby Dalkinposted January 25, 2016 at 10:08 pm Reply

    All of the describing words going on in this post has me drooling! The fact that I won’t have to think about dinner at the end of the day is the best part!

  4. Julie Blannerposted January 25, 2016 at 5:40 pm Reply

    The perfect meal for a winter night- hearty and delicious! 

  5. Amy @ Frugale.orgposted January 25, 2016 at 5:15 pm Reply

    We made a batch last night with a similar recipe, as a matter of fact I had some of the leftovers for lunch today.

  6. Heather Christoposted January 25, 2016 at 4:37 pm Reply

    wow! I’m sure my kids would love this!

  7. [email protected]posted January 25, 2016 at 12:28 pm Reply

    I can almost smell this!!!

  8. Kristin Bergtholdposted January 25, 2016 at 12:17 pm Reply

    My kids would love this! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Mariaposted January 25, 2016 at 10:54 am Reply

    I love when the slow cooker can do all the hard work for me!

  10. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted January 25, 2016 at 10:27 am Reply

    I need this so badly. You killed me making me imagine what it smells like.

  11. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted January 25, 2016 at 9:41 am Reply

    Mmmm…this may be dinner tonight! Love these flavors!! 

  12. marlaposted January 25, 2016 at 9:10 am Reply

    Hearty & delish!!

  13. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted January 25, 2016 at 8:26 am Reply

    That is one tasty looking chili mac n cheese!

  14. Jenny Flakeposted January 25, 2016 at 8:03 am Reply

    Slow cooker perfection!!