Simple Chili Mac

As part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®  I made this easy 5 ingredient chili mac.

I am by no means a chef. I don’t particularly like cooking either. I like to think of myself as an assembler. For my family of five, fall means school and soccer and go, go, go. One of my favorite way to get dinner on the table for my family is with the slow cooker.

Chili Mac

Now remember: I’m not a food blogger. I’m just a mom trying to get dinner on the table. This delicious little number I call chili mac. Quinn has a gag reflex to beans so we make ours without beans, but you are more then welcome to throw in a can of kidney beans if that is your deal.

This entire meal was inspired by Pick ‘n Save’s  77 days of Summer Savings items.

77 days of summer savings

chili mac

chili mac

I am a stay at home mom so I browned my meat around lunch time and then threw everything in the slow cooker. If you have to go to work, you might want to consider browning your meat in advance. You could always brown a bunch and then freeze it.

chili mac

You will need around a pound of hamburger (browned and drained), 2 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes, Elbow Macaroni (I used about 3/4 of the box), 2 chili seasoning packets (or double whatever chili seasoning you use), grated cheese and sour cream (optional).

Dump the hamburger, chili packets, and 2 cans of tomatoes in the slow cooker and cook on low. When you get home from work or it is nearing dinner time boil up some noodles real quick. Drain them and dump them in the crock pot. Mix that all together. Now let that sit and stew while you wrangle the children, clean off the dinner table and handle whatever chaos that ensues. Everything is cooked, you are just letting everything soak up all the flavors.

When you serve it you top it with a nice amount of cheese. I also like sour cream.

Chili Mac

Then you stir it all together and get this deliciousness.

Chili Mac

About as simple as it gets. Five ingredients: Meat, noodles, diced tomatoes, seasoning, cheese.


You can find lots of savings and inspiration on Pick ‘n Save’s website.

Pick ‘n Save

You can also follow Pick ‘n Save on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook. You can find more of my kitchen escapades by checking out my Google+ album.

So tell me friends, what is one of your quick and simple meals?


Sharing this project at: Link Party Palooza, Thrifty Decor Chick: Before and After Party



  • Lauren @

    This looks so easy! yum

    • Megan Bray

      Girl—I’m all about easy.

  • Lauren

    I can barely get dinner on the table for two of us, so there’s no shame in assembly! This looks tasty.

    • Megan Bray

      LOL! Exactly.

  • libbywilko

    Yum, wish we could get some of those ingredients here like the tins of tomatoes with chilies. It sound great and easy… Great for families. Was it very spicy or mild.. Our boys aren’t too good with spicy stuff.

    • Megan Bray

      Oh, I used the traditional canned tomatoes. I didn’t realize I took a picture of the ones with the chilies until you mentioned it. My kids don’t do well with spicy either. Where are you?

      • libbywilko

        I’m in Brisbane, Australia

  • Sarah Bird Bogner

    It’s nice to see that I’m not the only one who likes lots of sour cream in their chili. Looks delicious!

    • Megan Bray

      Only way to do it 😉

  • Melissa

    That looks really good!