Friday, February 18, 2022


Cozy Food Friday

The heater went out in my house the Tuesday night. By morning the house was down to the high 30s. 😮

It was so cold on Wednesday waiting for the repairman, all I could think of was getting warm. So it only seems natural that today's recipe is for something delightful hot and hearty.



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1 pound lean ground beef

5 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 large onion, medium chops

2 - 16 ounce cans chili beans in sauce 
      (or 2 - 16 ounce cans of kidney beans and 1½ cups tomato sauce)
       Don't like beans? (I don't). Substitute beans with extra 4 ounces of pasta

2 cups diced tomatoes (16 ounce can)

3 cups crushed tomatoes (28 ounce can)

2 cups beef broth

1½ tablespoon chili powder

1 tsp granulated sugar

salt and pepper to taste

8 ounces elbow macaroni, uncooked

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   Place ground beef into 5 - 8 quart slow cooker. Use a spoon to break the meat into smaller pieces. 

   Add in the remaining ingredients, with the exception of the pasta (which is still uncooked), and stir to combine.

   Cover and cook for 3½ hours on High or 7 hours on Low. 

   With only 20 minutes left to cook, add in the uncooked pasta. Stir and replace lid. 

   After 20 minutes test to see if pasta is to is cooked al dente (has a bit of chew). If pasta in ready, turn off slow cooker. (Note: Your pasta will continue to cook in the sauce and slow cooker. If you like it a bit firmer, cut cook time with pasta to 15 minutes.)

   Let rest in slow cooker 10 - 15 minutes before serving.

You can top this dish with so many things. Cheese, scallions, corn chips, gold fish or any type of thicker crackers, crumbled tortilla chips, sour cream. You can also add sliced strips of flour or corn tortillas. 

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  1. That would be yummy, even when you’re not cold. (Brrr!) Hope you’re toasty warm, now.
    Happy Friday!
    Pat T

    1. There's just something about comfort food, isn't there? Very toasty! And wouldn't you know, the day after it was fixed it was almost 70 out! I mean, seriously? LOL

  2. This recipe made me think of my folks who loved chili mac. Thanks for the recipe and the memories!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. What a great memory retriever! I grew up with my grandparents and my grandmother made Chile Mac often in the Winter. (We lived in the St. Louis area of Missouri, so Winter was always cold and snowy!) Hope you are only bundled up now for sleep!

    1. Yikes! You were living in the cold. Thank goodness for grandmothers and their wonderful cooking! Nice and toasty here now, thaks!