Slow Cooker Chili Mac
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours in slow cooker
Chili with a pasta twist!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1 - Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) black beans
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) diced tomatoes
  • 2 - Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 - tsp ground cumin
  • 2 - cup(s) chicken broth
  • - Salt and pepper
  • 16 - oz. box(es) elbow pasta noodles**
  • Garnish: - shredded cheddar cheese**
  • Side: - veggies**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Brown the ground beef with minced onion and garlic powder. Drain well. Add the browned ground beef, black beans, diced tomatoes, chili powder, ground cumin and chicken stock to the slow cooker. Set on low and cook for 8 hours.
  2. With 1 hour left in slow cooker, add the pasta to the slow cooker with 1-2 cups hot water (depending on how much liquid is in the chili, see notes below) and let it cook the remainder of the slow cooking cycle.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Prepare veggies.
  5. Serve Slow Cooker Chili Mac with shredded cheese garnish and side of veggies.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef 2 Tbsp minced onion and 2 tsp garlic powder. Drain and let coolbefore adding to bags.
  2. Open 2 cans of diced tomatoes.
  3. Open, drain and rinse 2 cans of black beans.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the browned and cooled ground beef
  • Half of the black beans
  • Half of the diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the slow cooker and cooking on low for 8 hours. IMPORTANT: When there is 1 hour left in the cooking cycle, add the pasta plus 2 cups of hot water.

Special notes

{You might need to add a little more liquid, depending on how much liquid is already in there and how “hot” your slow cooker runs.}

Dairy-Free Modifications

Omit cheese topping for dairy-free meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Use small shell gluten-free pasta for gluten-free meal.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Slow Cooker Chili Mac

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw contents of the bag and slow cook on low for 8 hours. With 1 hour left in cooking cycle, add the pasta noodles and 1-2 cups hot water.
Serve with veggies.