Skillet Cheesy Chili Mac
Synonymous with simpler times—and simpler food—chili mac is a favorite childhood comfort food whose appeal, for many of us, extends well into adulthood.
Why This Recipe Works
While developing our skillet chili mac recipe, we started by sautéing the onions and garlic with chili powder and cumin, which helped bloom the flavors of the chili and reduced its harshness. We added lean ground beef to the skillet and now had a “taco seasoned” mixture that was waiting for the tomato component to transform it into chili. We added a can of tomato sauce, then sprinkled in the macaroni and poured in the water, which reduced and bound the dish together as it simmered and the pasta cooked. As for the cheese component, we settled on a shredded Mexican cheese blend (a combination of cheddar, Monterey Jack, asadero, and queso blanco cheeses), widely available in supermarkets.