Texas Chili Cheese Mac Recipe

Texans are known to be loud and proud of our state! We love hosting dinner parties and sharing recipes with our neighbors. One dish Texans are fond of is chili. We are sharing a fun spin on this classic recipe with our Texas Chili Cheese Macaroni.

Bowl of delicious Texas Chili Cheese Macaroni

For a southern Texas recipe, I knew I had to use this Texas-shaped pasta. I was pretty excited to see the Skinner brand offered this shape.

Texas shape macaroni noodles

For this recipe, instead of cooking your pasta and adding your cheese to bake, you’ll prepare the whole dish in one skillet.

First, you prepare your seasonings and onion, then add your ground beef to brown. Last, but not least, you’ll toss in your pasta to cook and add the cheese at the end. You can print the recipe below and follow the simple step-by-step directions.

Ground Beef for your Texas Chili Cheese Macaroni

This cheesy deliciousness is sure to please your guests. I recommend you use a five cheese or Mexican blend. The whole kitchen had the yummy aroma of homemade chili!

Serve Texas Chili at Dinner Party

You can serve alongside a salad and breadsticks. Or go with the tradition chili route – saltine crackers.

Pipin hot bowl of Texas Chili Cheese Mac

Bowl of Texas Chili Cheese Macaroni

The only thing this recipe needs is some southern sweet iced tea, warm pie, and a hungry dinner crowd.

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Texas Chili Cheese Macaroni

Servings 6


  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • salt and pepper for taste
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 8 oz shredded cheese blend
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups water
  • 12 oz pasta noodles


  1. Simmer cooking oil in skillet.

  2. Add onion and seasonings. Cook over medium heat until onion is translucent. Stir often so spices do not burn.

  3. Add garlic cloves and brown sugar. Stir to blend well.

  4. Mix in ground beef and brown until all pink is gone.

  5. Drain any excess fat from the skillet.

  6. Add water and tomato pasta to your mixture and stir.

  7. Stir in your pasta noodles and cover to cook. 

  8. Simmer over medium high heat until pasta is tender.

  9. Remove skillet from heat and add half of your shredded cheese blend, stir.

  10. Pour into a serving dish and top with the remaining cheese.

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