by Olena

One Pot Chili Mac

by Olena

4.3 from 3 reviews

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. |

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 (reminds me of my pasta with cauliflower in terms of layering flavours with plant-based ingredients). It is seriously, THE shit, in my own words (just like this healthy pasta). Chili meets macaroni and cheese, meets soup. The spices were spot on. Perfect winter comfort food like for right now when it is snowing AGAIN.

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. Are you watching? Alex is invited to a man’s hangout. Me and Katie are hitting the mall, with or without kids. Not sure yet. But I’m definitely not watching a Super Bowl.

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. |

I have to say I rarely cook from cookbooks because for obvious reasons. But making this recipe made me think it would be nice to publish my own cookbook. Just a different feel and vibe than online recipes on devices or printed out smudged pieces of paper. Right?!

I had a totally different agenda for writing today and have been bursting with words about this amazing dish since yesterday, but believe it or not, no time to sit down and write. As I’m waiting for boys to come back from school, $500 worth of Costco groceries to unload (which made their way into Costco shopping list) are sitting on a floor. I’m watching falling snow outside and enjoying last 40 minutes of peace before “the explosion” happens. I need a shot of caffeine straight into my veins right now to survive till bedtime, I missed my coffee this morning. Yes, there will be a glass of wine tonight and a Thai food takeout. I’m pooped. It’s Friday.

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. |

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. |

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.

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!

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. |

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).

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!

Looking for more healthy variations of mac and cheese? Try my squash mac and cheeseroasted cauliflower mac and cheese, and mac and cheese muffins recipe.

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. |

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

4.3 from 3 reviews

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.

  • Author:
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 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
  • 23 tbsp tomato paste
  • 14 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beer
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups elbow macaroni (whole wheat or brown rice)
  • 2 x 14 oz cans of black/red/pinto beans, rinsed and drained (I cook my own)
  • 1 tbsp raw 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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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?! ?

  6. 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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