Crock Pot Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe is the best of both worlds. Everything you love about chili and mac and cheese come together for an incredible meal. Plus, the slow cooker makes this simple for busy weeknights.
Crock Pot Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe
We are always looking for new and delicious ways to use our crock pot. This recipe does not disappoint and is loaded with tons of cheese, flavorful ground beef and so much more!
If you enjoyed our Crock Pot Hamburger Helper recipe, you are going to go crazy over this Crock Pot Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe. Your house will smell amazing as this cooks!
This is sure to be a hit with your kids. You simply can’t go wrong with more cheese and this recipe is loaded with flavor.
Put this together one morning before you leave and come home to the best dinner waiting!
One pot chili mac and cheese has everything you need for a great dinner.
There is something to be said about one pot meals during busy seasons of life. Less preparation and less clean up!
If I know we have a bunch of activities and will be gone all day, I throw this meal in the slow cooker and it is a huge time saver.
Literally everything you need for a great meal is in the crock pot!
Make sure you have a good crock pot for chili mac and cheese.
If you are in the market for something new, I really love my Ninja cooker. The nice thing about this is you can brown the meat in the same slow cooker for recipes that call for that.
It is so handy to just have the one pan to clean. It has become of my favorite kitchen appliances.
I also really like this crockpot as well. I use this all the time and it’s great.
My favorite feature is that you can lock the lid down. This is awesome for when you need to take the crockpot somewhere.
I often use the slow cooker to take dishes to potluck events and this feature is amazing! There are several others on sale here.
Another favorite is this programmable crock pot for when I am am not at home all day. I love coming home to a nice meal ready and waiting!
I also like to use crock pot liners to make clean up a breeze. These plastic bags are worth every penny and save a ton of time.
What do you need to make chili cheeseburger mac and cheese?
- ground beef, lean
- small onion
- minced garlic
- chili beans
- crushed tomatoes
- diced tomatoes
- beef broth
- chili powder
- salt and pepper
- elbow macaroni
- cheddar cheese, hand shredded
How to make crock pot mac and cheese:
Brown your ground beef before you put it in the crock pot. Or if you have a Ninja cooking system like I do, just brown it right in the same pot.
Add everything else except the elbow noodles and the cheese. Let the slow cooker do the work!
30 minutes before it is time to eat, stir in the macaroni. Let it cook and then stir in cheese until melted. Yum!
Keep reading for the full recipe.
Easy additions to crock pot chili mac and cheese:
You can add sour cream to make it extra creamy. Try using sausage or ground turkey instead of ground beef.
We like to top with green onion and jalapenos. The ideas are endless for this amazing recipe.
Add a dash or two of hot sauce for extra heat. Just make it your own.
What to serve with crock pot chili mac and cheese recipe:
Everyone loves this meal and it is the best comfort food. We keep things simple and often serve it as is.
It is a great one pot meal and our family loves it. If you want something green, try adding a simple side salad.
Tips for this easy chili mac and cheese recipe:
Buy block cheddar cheese and then hand shred it. It will melt more evenly.
You can use any kind of cheese, but I love sharp cheddar cheese in this recipe.
Have you ever wondered can you freeze cheese? It is simple to do and saves money.
Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop onions.
If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you make cooking so fast and easy.
I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes.
This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.
Learn and how to freeze onions and also how to freeze peppers to save so much time in the kitchen! Lots of the recipes we cook call for onions and peppers so this is such a great time tip that we use frequently.
You will love having peppers and onions all ready to go! It is quick and easy.
This is one of our favorite chili mac crockpot recipes!
Print this slow cooker chili mac and cheese recipe below:
Crock Pot Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe
- 1 pound ground beef lean
- 1/2 small onion chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 cans chili beans 15 oz
- 1 cans crushed tomatoes 15 oz each
- 1 cans diced tomatoes 15 oz
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 tablespoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 8 oz elbow macaroni uncooked
- 3 cups cheddar cheese hand shredded
- Brown ground beef and put in the crock pot.
- Add all the ingredients, but the macaroni to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- 30 minutes before ready to eat, break apart the ground beef.
- Stir in the macaroni.
- Cover and cook until soft.
- Stir in the cheddar cheese until melted.
- Top with your favorite chili toppings: sour cream, and green onions.
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