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Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese * *

Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese

  • Cooking Time:

    6-8 hours
  • Servings:



1 lb. Ground Beef, 85% Lean
1 Green Pepper, chopped
1/2 Yellow Onion, chopped
salt & pepper, to taste
2 - 14.5 oz cans Diced Tomatoes
6 oz. Tomato Paste
1 Envelope, Crock-Pot® Original Chili Seasoning Mix
15 oz. Pinto Beans
1 Can of Yellow Corn, drained
2 T. tapioca, instant
Your favorite macaroni & cheese, prepared (I like Velveeta Shells & Cheese)

Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese is also a kiddo favorite! I enjoy the cheesy noodles, and the blend of the delicious spices. YUM!

  1. Place onion and green pepper in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Saute until onions are almost translucent.
  2. Add beef to skillet.  Add salt & pepper and cook until just no longer pink.
  3. Drain cooked meat and veggie mixture on a paper towel-lined plate to remove grease.
  4. Place meat and veggie mixture in a 5-Quart slow cooker.
  5. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, chili packet, beans, corn, and tapioca to the slow cooker.
  6. Store well to combine.
  7. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.
  8. Stir prepared Mac & Cheese into the chili mixture in the slow cooker.
  9. Turn heat to warm and serve right from the slow cooker.

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Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese

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10 years ago

Hi! Just wondering if I should cook the chili first separately, then just cook the mac n cheese at the end and combine them? That’s what the recipe implies. Thanks!

suz hussey
suz hussey
10 years ago


10 years ago

Are you referring to the package (powder) of instant tapioca or the kind you buy in the cups?

10 years ago

Question, if I don’t have the instant tapioca. Would the taste of the meal be ok? Or is this a necessary ingredient? Just curious as I have everything else on hand but this. Thanks!

10 years ago
Reply to  Jenn Bare

It turned out great and was a hit with my family!!! And I have picky eaters 🙂 I’m sure this will become a regular in our home, thanks!

9 years ago

Would like to know if I’m cooking the Mac and cheese as if I’m just making regular Kraft Mac and cheese then combine it with all the other ingredients? I want to make sure that I’m just not making the macaroni noodles from the Mac and cheese box 🙂

9 years ago

i’m thinking cornstarch would thicken as well as tapioca. I keep cornstarch in the pantry as a staple.

8 years ago

It’s just okay. Kind of bland. For that reason alone, it might be a hit with kids. As I suspected would happen, when you put the mac & cheese into the chili mixture, it is no longer cheesy. The cheese flavor is very overpowered by the chili. If I didn’t know how it was made, I would think it was just your run of the mill chili with macaroni mixed in. I really don’t notice any cheese flavor. If I were to make this again, I would just use my own standard chili recipe. I season my chili a bit… Read more »

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