Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Where's the beef?

It's in my Chili Mac Casserole, that's where!

Chili Mac Casserole

1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (16 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons of hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste (make sure you taste!!)
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese


Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, chilies and seasonings. Drain macaroni; add to beef mixture.

Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cover and bake at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5-8 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

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