Macro-Friendly Chipotle Chili Mac


Love chili and mac n’ cheese? This one’s for you! Our macro-friendly Chipotle Chili Mac is packed with protein-rich ground beef, savory onions, chopped tomatoes, and the smoky kick of chipotle peppers. Seasoned with garlic, coriander, cumin, chili powder, and just the right amount of green chilies for a satisfying heat. We’ve opted for Banza pasta elbows, made from chickpeas, for this recipe, simmered in beef or chicken broth for that extra nutritious twist.

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Recipe for Macro-Friendly Chipotle Chili Mac

  • Dinner
Diet Type:
  • High Fiber
  • High Protein
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 2 diced medium White Onions
  • 6 minced cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Coriander (optional)
  • 2 15oz cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 C Beef or Chicken Broth
  • 7oz can Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, roughly chopped
  • 6 oz can Tomato Paste
  • 4 oz can Diced Green Chiles
  • 8 oz Banza Pasta Elbows
  • 3/4 C (84g) Shredded Cheddar 
  1. This recipe can be cooked either with a pressure cooker or on your stovetop (see notes below for stovetop prep).  Set your pressure cooker to its high heat sauté function and spray the pot with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, beef, and dry spices to the pot. Using a spatula break the beef down as it cooks. Cook for about 6-8 minutes until no pink remains in the beef. 
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, green chiles, chopped chipotle peppers, tomato paste, and broth to the pot. Stir everything together  before adding the pasta and stirring again.
  4. Seal the pressure cooker and cook on its high pressure for 3 minutes with quick release pressure (vent as soon as it’s finished cooking).
  5. Stir and make sure the pasta is cooked before topping with the shredded cheddar.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, a stovetop works just fine!

  1. Follow the same recipe as above, cooking over a medium-high heat.
  2. Once you have added the tomatoes and other ingredients, simmer the mixture before adding the pasta.
  3. Cook the pasta as per the packet instructions (normally 8-10 minutes)
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, top with shredded cheese.
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