Easy Skillet Chili Mac


  • 1 lb Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
  • 16 oz Chili beans in chili sauce
  • 1 ½ cups Prepared thick-and-chunky salsa
  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ cup Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 cups Cooked elbow macaroni, warmed


  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking up into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings, as necessary. Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
  2. Stir in beans, salsa and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Stir in cilantro.
  3. Serve beef mixture over macaroni.

Test Kitchen Tips Use a potato masher to break up Ground Beef into small crumbles while browning.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Beef Checkoff and

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 102 grams
Serves: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 160
% Daily Value*
Total Fat: 6g 8%
Saturated Fat: 2g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 20mg 7%
Sodium: 260mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate: 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%
Sugars: 1g 3%
Protein: 9g 18%