Recipes for chili mac casseroles include Wild West baked chili mac, chili mac with beans, chicken chili mac and a meatless roasted squash chili mac. Most chili mac recipes include pasta, usually macaroni, meat or meat substitute, and cheese, which is often a colby-Jack or Mexican cheese mixture.
Kraftrecipes.com features an easy chil mac recipe that is made using four ingredients, including one package shells and cheese dinner, two cans chili with beans, chopped bell peppers and one package of cornbread mix. To make a heartier chili that combines ground beef with kidney beans, boil 1 cup of elbow macaroni, and cook 2 pounds of ground beef with onion and garlic in a skillet pan. Stir in one can of kidney beans, diced tomatoes and tomato paste, and add in chili seasoning and green chilies. When the casserole bubbles, uncover it and sprinkle 2 cups of reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend on top.
Chicken chili mac is an alternative to ground beef casseroles, and the Gold'n Plump recipe uses 1 pound of ground chicken, combining chicken with whole wheat macaroni and red kidney beans. This recipe infuses flavoring by using one can of beer, but cooks can substitute low-sodium chicken broth. Squash chili mac combines 1 pound of butternut squash with ridged pasta and three types of cheeses.