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One Pot Chili Mac

Olena Osipov
4.8 from 11 votes

One Pot Chili Mac

Thug Kitchen Chili

In a true Thug Kitchen’s style, I should say holy f*** about this one pot chili mac with beer I made from their new cookbook Thug Kitchen 101.

It is seriously, THE shit, in my own words. Chili meets macaroni and cheese, meets soup. The spices were spot on. Perfect winter comfort food. Just the best!

I got Thug Kitchen book before the holidays and thought what a perfect time to post a one pot healthy comfort food recipe before the Super Bowl.

 Thug Kitchen 101 cookbook

I have to say I rarely cook from cookbooks because for obvious reasons.

How to Make One Pot Chili Mac

So, I’m not sure if you ever had a hybrid of chili and mac but I haven’t. Because simply I am not from here. This skillet chili mac recipe caught my attention immediately because ingredients are simple and it takes less than 30 minutes to make.

saute celery, carrots, onions, tomato paste and spices in potadding pasta to sauce in pot

I was concerned if it would be too spicy for kids but I guess when there is pasta involved, there are usually no problems. I used brown rice elbow (kinda) macaroni. And it was so tasty!

I also added a bit of jarred green olives and artichokes that had to be used and the result was fantastic! If you eat this one pot chili mac immediately, it is more of a soupy consistency. Give it 30 minutes, and it becomes thick. You can use cheese or nutritional yeast to keep it vegan as the original (Thug Kitchen books are vegan).

beans added to chili sauce

And beer. Let’s give attention to half a bottle of beer that goes into this chili mac (the other half I just finished writing this post because Friday, snow and beer). OMG I think I will cook all stews and soups with beer from now on, which wouldn’t be totally awkward for me considering my love for wine.

I used Granville Island’s dark ale and it added such a depth of flavour to this chili. Enjoy and I hope everyone wins!

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One Pot Chili Mac

I received this book free from HarperCollins Canada in exchange for an honest review which I offered. You all need this plant-based book in your lives!

One Pot Chili Mac with Beer

One Pot Chili Mac Recipe from Thug Kitchen 101 cookbook with beer, beans, pasta, olives, spices and cheese or make it vegan, all in 30 minutes.
4.82 from 11 votes
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Course: One Pot Meal
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 551kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño seeded and minced (or with seeds and more to taste)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin ground
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tbsp tomato paste low sodium
  • 14 oz can tomato sauce low sodium
  • 1 cup beer
  • 3 cups vegetable broth low sodium
  • 3 cups elbow macaroni whole wheat or brown rice
  • 2 x 14 oz cans of black/red/pinto beans rinsed and drained, low sodium
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • 1 cup olives or artichokes from a jar chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese like Colby Jack or 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (for vegans)


  • Preheat large dutch oven or soup pot on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add carrot, bell pepper, jalapeño and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add chili powder, cumin, paprika and salt; stir and cook for a minute or two. Add tomato paste, tomato sauce, beer, broth and bring to a boil. Add pasta, stir, cover and cook for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn off the heat and add beans, honey, lime juice, olives/artichokes and cheese/nutritional yeast. Stir and adjust seasoning to taste. Serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


    Serving: 2cups | Calories: 551kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 848mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3611IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. 5 stars
      Thank you so much for your recipes! They are quick to make. My adult kids and I wanted to lose weight and eat more healthy foods. We love all of the recipes we have tried so far.

      We appreciate what you do for this site 😀

    2. 5 stars
      I just found your website because I was searching for a vegan chili and mac and this one intrigued me. This was SO delicious. We went plant based a year ago and I’ve made tons of chilis, but have never made a chili mac. My entire family of five enjoyed it and I was especially thrilled that my 15-year old (who despises chili) really liked this because there was pasta in it! I used Barilla whole grain elbows and they were perfect. I used a scant 2tsp of the smoked paprika, as we’re still getting used to the taste, and omitted the jalapeno, olives and artichokes (they sounded amazing, but I was concerned my younger kids wouldn’t eat it then). I did add about a cup of frozen corn instead. I also used nutritional yeast and grated a slice of Daiya cheddar cheese. Served with my favorite vegan cornbread and voila! Definitely going into my regular dinner rotation. It came together so fast and was so economical. Thank you, Olena!

    3. I’d enjoying trying this recipe but we don’t do alcohol. I realize that the alcohol from the beer cooks off but I’m also gluten free and since we don’t drink I don’t know the first thing about buying gluten free beer and I don’t enjoy the thought of wasting the rest of the bottle as I don’t enjoy wasting foods.

      Any tips to still get a nice depth of flavor while skipping the beer?

    4. 5 stars
      I have made this recipe several times and it is KILLER! Absolutely delicious. The only problem is that there are very rarely leftovers…

    5. 5 stars
      Only one word to describe this. Amazing. I added ground beef to it and it’s probably the best chili Mac I’ve ever had. Highly recommend to anybody!

    6. 3 stars
      I really wanted to like this recipe, but I have to say I’m disappointed. I followed the recipe to a T and it just didn’t taste much like chili or mac and cheese to me. In my opinion, it could have benefited from more cheese, diced tomatoes instead of tomato sauce and a scale back in the chili powder and smoked paprika, maybe no paprika at all.

    7. 5 stars
      I just made this for dinner and it was very good.Although I did use just 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika. It made a lot but that is fine for leftovers and one frozen meal for next week. Thank You

    8. This. Is. Ridiculous. Just made it, and it’s fantastic! Now I’m going to have to pick up that cookbook. Thank you!!

    9. 5 stars
      Hello, I am new to your website and I have loved some of your recipes. I just wanted to know how clean are they? nutrition wise. are they healthy fat ingredients and things of the sort?

      1. Hi Zain. As far as I know, my recipes are 97% clean. I use healthy fats, whole grains, beans, legumes, lean proteins, no refined sugar, fruits and vegetables. Yes, I think my recipes are pretty wholesome and healthy.:) You can read more about my food philosophy in this post.

    10. 5 stars
      I have been following your menus recipes for quite a while now and I want to tell you they are wonderful. Very “unprocessed” in this world of toxic foods. At 64 I have started on green smoothies and many of your recipes. Keep them coming and I await your cookbook!

      1. Thank you very much, Sandy! It is toxic indeed. Looking at people’s shopping carts I understand HOW toxic it is. So sad. I will keep spreading the word. Not sure about the book – I might be too blunt for the majority of population, like Trump lol. However, that might mean a bestseller?! ?

    11. Someone at work just was telling me about this book… so, you recommend it? I love chili and I love macaroni that means I’ll have to try out this recipe. I’m so sick of the snow too!!

      1. This cookbook is the best one I have seen so far on the market oh so saturated with cookbooks nowadays. Michelle’s recipes are unique and yet with such simple ingredients! I want to make every single one of them because I pretty much always have all ingredients n hand after a regular grocery shopping trip. I have tried about 5 recipes so far and they have all been fantastic. She has a very similar to mine cooking style and taste, I love it! Very very simple. I recommend ALL Thug Kitchen books i na heartbeat. I have 2 of them and they are fantastic, especially for vegans.
        What do you say about snow today? I think my car is not leaving garage for a week LOL. Thank God I went to Costco yesterday. Now we can be prisoners of this nonsense, at least fed. Can’t wait for spring!

        1. I’m making this chili today. But, now I have to venture out to get a few ingredients. I can’t wait for warmer weather! I wonder if this is the end of the snow. Good thing you are all stocked up in case there is more to come 🙂

          1. Thinking it is February, maybe it is the last dump. It is mind blowing what is happening. Schools are closed today. On the plus side, kids are having a blast playing outside for hours and I spent 3 hours with them outside yesterday. I also like to go for walks in this winter wonderland. Last night kids turned on lights outside (we had no chance to take them off due to weather and being busy), drank hot chocolate and sand jingle bells LOL. Why not?! Enjoy your time off work and hope you liked the chili mac, did you?

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