Chili Mac

When I think of cold weather comfort foods, chili and mac and cheese instantly come to mind. I was looking for something to make for a large group recently, and I remembered seeing this recipe in my Google Reader. I made it a day in advance because I’m a big believer that most pasta dishes, and chili, are both better the next day.

On the day it was to be served, we reheated it in the crockpot. It got nice and thick and the flavors really melded together nicely. This makes a LOT of Chili Mac, so either cut it down, or be ready to serve a crowd.

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Chili Mac

Chili mac combines two comfort foods that are awesome on their own. They're definitely even more awesome together!

Yield: Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

For the Chili
1 pound ground turkey
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 small yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
14.5 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes, strained (without the juice)
14.5 ounce can kidney beans
2 tsp chipotle hot sauce

For the Mac and Cheese
2 cups dried macaroni
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded colby jack
1/2 cup pepper jack

Directions:

For the Chili
In a skillet, cook the turkey, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, and garlic powder until meat is brown. Remove meat from the pan.

In the same skillet, heat olive oil over medium and cook onions and garlic. Cook until onions start to turn translucent, about 5 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon cumin. Cook another 30 seconds then edd meat back to the pan.

Stir in tomatoes, beans and hot sauce.

Reduce heat to low and simmer while you make the mac & cheese. If the chili seems dry, add beer or water until it's not soaked, but not dry.

For the Mac and Cheese
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the macaroni according to the directions on the package.

Strain the mac when it's done cooking and set aside. In the pan the macaroni was cooked in, melt the butter over medium heat.

Whisk in the flour for one minute. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook for one minute.

Slowly add the cheeses, season with salt & pepper, and mix until melted.

Return mac to the pan and stir until evenly coated.

Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes.

Mix the chili into the mac and cheese until well incorporated.

Recipe adapted from Kitchen Trial and Error

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17 Responses to “Crockpot Pulled Chicken”

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    Megan — February 24, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I am obsessed with your crockpot chicken tacos and am sure this is going to be another favorite crockpot chicken recipe in our house!

    P.S. I had a cake craving last night and jumped on your blog to look up cupcake recipes… you have 101 cupcake recipes?!!

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

      Yea… about those cupcakes. I went through a phase at the beginning of my blog. And I’ve been blogging 3.5 years, so that’s really only about 30/year…

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    Funandfearlessinbeantown — February 24, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I think I would LOVE this recipe! Bret loves pulled chicken and I love slow cooker recipes!

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    CasualDish — February 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Yum, my husband would totally love this!!

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    Evan @swEEts — February 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Sounds delicious and perfect for leaving in the pot before work and coming home to wonderfully cooked chicken. Can’t wait to try it!

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    Christina — February 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I love this kind of stuff. We had beef dip sandwiches last night. SO GOOD. I bet we’ve love this too!

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    Julie — February 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Sounds delicious, but I’m sure I’d have to just add one of those chiles 🙂

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    Kate W — February 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Yay! I love Pulled chicken sandwiches, I’m so glad you shared this recipe.

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    Katie — February 26, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Nothing bad about pulled chicken. Nothing. Love all the flavors that the chicken was simmering in. Bet this was awesome!

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    Lindsay — March 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

    This is the first time I’ve seen someone else use an Eating Well recipe! I like. 🙂 Also, this chicken looks fabulous and easy….nice work.

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    Kristen Llobrera — March 7, 2011 at 11:16 am

    These look awesome and so easy to make! I love spicy pulled chicken and I love anything that you can just throw in the crockpot. Can’t wait to try them!

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    Judith — March 8, 2011 at 12:10 am

    My husband and I made this last night for dinner and it was absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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    Nona — May 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Has anyone tried freezing this? I dont eat meat, but I am thinking about making this for my husband but there is no way he could eat a whole pot to himself.

    • beantownbaker — May 7th, 2012 @ 10:10 am

      Like most crockpot meals, this meat freezes just fine. I like to portion it out into individual sized portions prior to freezing so you can just grab one and go.

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    Julia — November 27, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Hi! I made this last year and it was a huge hit. I want to make it again for a holiday pot luck, but when I looked at the recipe today, it seemed to have the directions listed twice, and no ingredient amounts. I was able to find the recipe at eating Well, but wanted to let you know that there may be something wrong here.

    • beantownbaker — December 1st, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

      Thanks for the update. I am fixing the post now. Glad this recipe was a success for you!

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    Nollywood — October 7, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    love Pulled chicken sandwiches,

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