Transform your leftovers! Turn them into a completely new, delicious meal with leftover chili recipes like this Chili Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Somehow it happens to us all the time. Konrad and I set on a crockpot full of hearty, comforting chili. And it’s absolutely delicious for dinner, and lunch the next day, and maybe even dinner for another time.
But after the third meal we are usually chili-ed out. Sure, we can freeze leftovers for later, somehow we are not freezer meal people though. More often than not we just forget about those frozen leftovers until months later.
You’d think we learn that a 6 quart slow cooker filled to the top is just too much for 2 people. And although Olivia is eating like a champ, her portions don’t really make a dent into 6 quarts of chili. Still we seem to make a full crockpot every time.
Finally I figured out a solution – using leftover chili to create a completely new meal. And while there are many great options, Chili Mac ‘n’ Cheese must be my favorite.
Elbow pasta tossed in chili ‘sauce’ with melted gooey cheese. If this doesn’t spell comfort food I don’t know what would.
- 1 cup dry elbow pasta
- 2 cups leftover chili
- ⅓ cup shredded cheese (or more to taste)
- Cook elbow pasta according to directions and drain.
- Add cooked pasta to a skillet together with leftover chili and heat through.
- Stir in shredded cheese until melted and serve.