Transform your leftovers with this Chili Mac! Turn them into a completely new, delicious meal with leftover chili recipes and let's get eating!
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 though, we are not freezer meal people. 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 two 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.
Make New Meals with Leftover Chili!
Finally I figured out a solution - using leftover chili to create a completely new meal. Chili Mac 'n' Cheese is our new favorite.
Elbow pasta tossed in chili 'sauce' with melted gooey cheese. If this doesn't spell comfort food I don't know what would.
Prepare This Dish Like a Pro
A couple tips for best practice. Firstly, I always check my noodles at least two minutes before the package instructions say. That way, I can see where they're at and I usually stop them so they don't over-cook. That means taking it off of the heat, and tossing them in a strainer with cold water.
Secondly, You can add some green herbs to top the dish and make it pretty.
Lastly, I'll say that any type of pasta works here, and for the sake of the dish, we chose mac noodles. You, however, can do whatever you dang well please.
More Chili Leftover recipes:
I've collected lots of more ideas for transforming leftover chili
Chili Mac 'n' Cheese
- 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.
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Yes, you can reheat cooked mac and cheese. Use the stovetop or the microwave for reheating, and add a splash of milk or cream if necessary to restore moisture and creaminess.
Reheat chili mac on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring occasionally to ensure even heating. Alternatively, you can use a microwave-safe dish and heat in short intervals, stirring in between.
To improve leftover mac and cheese, consider adding fresh ingredients like herbs or vegetables, or giving it a new twist by incorporating different cheeses or spices.
While both dishes contain similar ingredients like meat, beans, and pasta, goulash typically includes paprika and other seasonings, while chili mac often features chili seasoning and is topped with cheese.