By Ashleigh Evans from Dash of Evans

There are a lot of great culinary word pairings out there. One of the best, however, has got to be “Chili Mac.”

When we hear Chili Mac, it’s like music to our ears.

Chili Mac is hands down one of the best food pairings. Many have attempted it, but few have perfected it quite like this hearty recipe from our food blogger Ashleigh.

Perfect for this time of year, this is winter comfort food at its finest. Randall Beans Kidney Beans, ground beef and ground pork all make up the “meat” of this recipe. Kidney beans and ground beef are usual chili players, giving this dish a very traditional flavor. But, that traditional flavor is kicked up a notch with pork and a dash of Worcestershire sauce joining the fun, giving it a little salty kick and additional flavor.

The addition of your favorite beer and sweet potato helps give this chili mac recipe an element of sweetness that plays nicely with the traditional chili spices.

Our favorite thing about chili mac? Since you are serving it over macaroni less is more. This recipe makes 6-8 bowls of chili, so don’t worry about making enough. If you are hosting or attending a football party and it’s more than you need, just prepare the recipe accordingly and stash the excess in your freezer for the next game day.

If you’re feeding a crowd – and who are we kidding, with a recipe this good you are sure to have guests at your table – serve in a slow-cooker with a topping station for a little extra fun. Cheese, corn chips, sour cream, hot sauce, jalapenos, green peppers and even avocado make for fantastic toppers on this divine chili dish.

For you gluten-free eaters out there, don’t worry, you can enjoy your own variety of chili mac. Serve the chili over quinoa as a substitute for the elbow noodles for some “Chili Quinoa.”

With this recipe, you will have the fuel to root your team through the playoffs.

The Ultimate Game Day Chili Mac

The Ultimate Game Day Chili Mac

Ingredients

  • ½ lb ground beef
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup of your favorite beer (light or dark)
  • 15-oz jar Randall Beans Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cup elbow noodles

Instructions

  1. In a large stockpot, heat canola oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add onion and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes to soften.
  3. Add ground beef and pork, crumbling with a flat spatula or spoon.
  4. Allow to cook through, about 8 minutes.
  5. Pour in sweet potato.
  6. In a small bowl, combine chili, chipotle and garlic powders and cumin.
  7. Sprinkle combined spices over the meat mixture.
  8. Deglaze the pan with Worcestershire sauce and beer.
  9. Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes. (Might as well enjoy the rest of the beer at this point!)
  10. Add kidney beans, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  11. Cover and reduce heat to low.
  12. Simmer for at least 20 minutes and up to 3 hours, stirring frequently.
  13. In a small pot, cook elbow noodles according to directions.
  14. To serve, pour chili over elbow noodles and top with favorite garnishes.
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Can’t get enough chili? You’re in luck. Randall Beans has your Ultimate Guide to Chili. It’s out free cookbook full of traditional and exotic takes on everyone’s favorite cold weather food. From Randall Beans Classic Chili to Sweet Potato Mixed Bean Chili you can expand your chili palette.

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