Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chili Mac Cheddar Jack

     This very filling and spicy meal was a hit at our house. Surprisingly, my two year old ate it too. Kid's have such strange tastes buds in that they sometimes love things you think might be too spicy for them. I think if you used plain diced tomatoes instead of those with chiles, the heat would be greatly reduced. Or you could try one can of each.
Estimated cost: about $5.60
pasta $0. 40, lean turkey $2.15, beans $0.55, tomatoes $1.50, other $1

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans diced tomato with chiles
1 cup pasta of your choice
1 Tbl taco seasoning
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 cup shredded colby Jack

  • Cook the meat and garlic powder. When no longer pink, add beans, tomatoes with juices, macaroni, and taco seasoning. Bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat to love, cover, and simmer for about 25 minutes-stirring occasionally. During the last minute, sprinkle on the cheese and mix so it melts into the dish.


  1. Love chili and love ground turkey so this ones going on the to make list!!

  2. I feel like my 3 year old never eats. He survives off of air and cheerios. Maybe this would be the dish to get him eating more. Sigh. This sounds like a delicious dish. I would love to give this a try.


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