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Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese

It has been a cold week in Kansas City! Slow-Cooker chili mac is the perfect cure. We have had quite a few days with temperatures less than 30 degrees. Fall and winter are my least favorite times of the year. I absolutely love everything about summer. YES, even the scorching temperatures. There is just something about walking outside at any time of day in a pair of sandals and shorts that makes me feel soooooo good! The cold weather is here and will likely stay for the coming months. For me cold weather means SOUPS. I crave warm, hearty dishes this time of year. This chili mac recipe is the perfect fix. 

Calories: 346     Fat: 8G     Net Carbs: 34G     Protein: 23G            
Weight Watchers Smart Points: 10

Slow Cooker Chili mac and cheese


I always use slow cooker liners. They prevent stuck on food from forming along the rim and base of the pot. Less work!

Slow Cooker Chili mac and cheese

I was thrilled with how this dish turned out! I added one cup of beef broth because I love using broths for slow cooker recipes. Often, the contents (the meat especially) turn out dry without the addition of a liquid ingredient.

Slow Cooker Chili mac and cheese
I added chopped parsley and non-fat, plain Greek yogurt as toppings. You can also use reduced-fat sour cream. I love to use plain Greek yogurt because it adds additional protein and is very similar in taste.

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Slow Cooker Chili Mac

homestyle chili with added macaroni and cheese
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Course dinner
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 7
Calories 346kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1 can Rotel Chili Fixins
  • 1 15 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 15 oz cans chili beans I used 1 medium and 1 mild as I prefer somewhat spicy
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup reduced fat 2% shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper omit if you do not prefer spicy
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Boil water in a large pot over high heat. Cook the macaroni according to package directions.
  • While the macaroni cooks, heat a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the ground beef and half of the servings of onions and garlic.
  • Season the ground beef with salt and pepper. Break the beef into smaller chunks.
  • Cook until the beef is no longer pink.
  • Add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 2 to 2.5 hours.
  • About 10-15 minutes prior to serving, add the cheese to the cooker and stir.
  • Serve!


You can also buy pre-packaged chili seasoning and use 1/4th to 1/3rd of the package for the seasoning.
Topping Ideas: non-fat, plain Greek yogurt, reduced-fat sour cream, jalapenos, guacamole
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Calories: 346kcal
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Saturday 5th of December 2020

Is it better to pre-cook the macaroni or can you just let it cook in the crockpot? Thanks


Monday 7th of December 2020

I recommend following the directions as stated.

Vy Nguyen

Friday 22nd of September 2017

I love everything that is related to cheese. Thanks for the recipe. The photos of mac and cheese make me hungry. Anw, thanks a lot


Thursday 21st of September 2017

Wow, I'm loving how delicious this meal looks. My family loves beans and mac and cheese.

Debbie Savage

Thursday 21st of September 2017

This slow cooker chili mac looks so delicious! I have never made a chili like this before! I definitely want to try this for our church's chili cook off next month!


Thursday 21st of September 2017

Holy moly, this looks beyond amazing. Love the pics and the step by step recipe!