Four Bean Chili Mac & Cheese

f you read weelicious a lot, you know I get really excited about the subject of leftovers. I'm not talking about re-serving your family cold, day-old food (even though I do love doing that). I'm talking about re-inventing the dish you made on Monday and turning it into something completely new and exciting on Tuesday (and possibly even Wednesday too).

Super Bowl is this Sunday and I KNOW you're planning on making yesterday’s Four Bean Chili recipe for all of your guests :). But just in case your culinary creation doesn’t completely disappear during the game, you have to be prepared for any leftovers you may have in your fridge on Monday. That’s where today’s recipe comes in, adding a kid’s tried and true favorite, Mac & Cheese, into the mix. Keep tuning in to weelicious over the next few days and I'll show you even more ways to turn yesterday’s super easy chili recipe into tomorrow’s dinnertime masterpiece.*

*You can find more examples of great 3-in-1 recipes HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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Four Bean Chili Mac & Cheese (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 0 mins Cook Time: 5 mins

egg free

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup whole milk
  • 2 Cups cheddar cheese
  • 2 Cups <a href=\"http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2011/02/01/four-bean-chili/\">Four Bean Chili</a>
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Cups Macaroni Pasta, cooked

Preparation

1. In a large pot over medium heat place the milk, cheese, chili and salt. Stir to combine just until the cheese melts through.
2. Add the cooked pasta to the chili/cheese mixture and continue to cook for an additional 3 minutes or until the mixture comes together and the pasta has heated through.
3. Serve.
*You can find more examples of great 3-in-1 recipes HERE, HERE, and HERE.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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16 comments

  • Tao Tao

    Why is it important that the salt should be kosher?

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    • Catherine

      I love this explanation:
      http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes-and-cooking/kosher-vs-table-vs-sea-salts/index.html
      It has a much milder taste and isn't as \"salty\" tasting.

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  • Molly

    This is great! I made your four bean chili last night so I am going to make this for dinner tonight! Wonderful meal for those of us snowed/iced in!! Thanks!

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  • Lisa {Smart Food &amp; Fit}

    I love beans however my picky 4 year old doesn't. I've made it with pureed sweet potatoes for him. But I'll try this recipe for the others in my family that like beans! I like how you think ahead for leftovers, very important in our house! :)

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  • Tabitha

    So excited to make this chili for Superbowl... and I'll probably make chili cheese fries (with homemade potatoe wedges!)

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  • Ania

    Hi,
    is there a good substitute for cheddar cheese in this one and traditional mac &amp; cheese? For some reason it's not available in my country (yup, you have fans in Poland as well)

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  • [email protected]

    LOVE new ways to use leftovers! Especially a big pot of chili. Making this tonight... thanks!

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  • Very Bloggy Beth

    Chili mac was one of my absolute favorite meals when I was a kid! I had completely forgotten about it, thank you!!!

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  • Elena

    I just made this with 2% milk, and it came out very soupy.
    Are you sure about these measurements? 1c of milk seems to be too much.

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    • Catherine

      Do you still have it? 2% milk is more watery compared to whole milk. With that said, you may need to cook it down a little more with the cheese then add the chili and cook it a little longer just so the mixture comes together.

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  • Dawn

    I made this but felt it was too cheesy, if that is at all possible ;)

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  • Tracy

    Will this freeze once all mixed together? Thank you for a delicious recipe!

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  • Suebrijenkins

    I am eating this right now! So delicious!

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  • Rebecca

    You're not supposed to add milk to chili. If you do it will be like soup instead. I had to keep adding more chili and cheese to make it gooey kind of.

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  • Tracy

    This was a big hit here. Thanks!

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  • Leilei P

    My 4 year old son ate 3 bowls of this last night and is now requesting it again tonight for dinner! Thanks for the delicious recipe.

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