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Oh my word folks! This Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac recipe is super simple to make, cooks quickly and is incredibly delicious! You are going to love it!

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How to Make Cheddar Chili Mac in a Crock Pot

Aunt Lou here.

We love chili around here. You can find all of our chili recipes here. So, when I looking around my cabinets for something to make the other day, I found the ingredients for this Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac and decided to give it a try. My family and I are sure glad I did! It is super yummy! I bet you will be glad too once you have tried it!

This recipe is so easy to throw together. And yes, your ingredients are cooked before you put them in the crock pot (well, mostly…your macaroni is cooked al dente). So, if you are wondering why bother with the crock pot at all, let me tell you! The time in the crock pot finishes cooking up the noodles and gives all the flavors time to meld together to give you the amazing deliciousness of the final dish.

Regarding the timing on cooking. As always, it depends on your unit. If you are cooking on high and have a unit that cooks hot, it will be done in around an hour. If you have a unit that doesn’t get completely hot until around the one hour mark, even on high, it is going to take closer to an hour and a half. This is why we always say to watch your recipe closely the first time you make it. If you watch it closely, you will learn the exact timing for your specific crock pot.

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What You Will Need

Ingredients Needed

  • 1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1 cup uncooked macaroni, cooked al dente
  • 15 oz can mild chili beans, undrained
  • 10.5 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
  • 1.5 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Equipment Needed

Time Needed

  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 2 hours on low or 1 to 1.5 hours on high, turning your insert halfway through your cooking
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Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac

Oh my word folks! This Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac recipe is super simple to make, cooks quickly and is incredibly delicious! You are going to love it!

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Course: Main

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac

Prep Time: 12 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour hour

Total Time: 1 hour hour 12 minutes minutes

Servings: 6 – 4 people

Calories: 323kcal

Author: Aunt Lou

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix together all your ingredients, except your shredded cheddar cheese, in a 4 quart slow cooker until well combined

  • Sprinkle your cheese evenly across the top

  • Cover and cook on low for 2 hours or high for 1-1.5 hours, turning your insert halfway through if your slow cooker does not cook evenly

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  • Looking for more recipes? OurRecipe Findercan help you find exactly what you need.
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  • As with any of our recipes, carb counts, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly. As a result, your nutritional content depends on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.The auto-calculation is just an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.
  • All slow cookers cook differently, so cooking times are always a basic guideline. Recipes shouldalways be tested first in your own slow cooker and time adjusted as needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 1082mg | Potassium: 741mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 404IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 4mg

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  1. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (11)Passi says

    Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (12)
    I enjoyed this! I tweaked it a bit – doubled pasta and probably tripled the cheese when all was said and done. It made for a total comfort food hit in our house.

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  2. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (13)Brandon Gordon says

    Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (14)
    I can’t leave a rating yet, because I haven’t tried it, but my friend and I have game nights where trade off recipes in what we call our crockery game nights. I just finished combining it all, and I’ll be cooking it rather soon. I’m looking forward to eating this, and I think I may add a couple extra little things to it, kind of like when I seasoned the meat, I added some minced garlic, onion powder, and a honey garlic rub. We are all looking forward to eating this tonight! It already smells so great!

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  3. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (15)Shannon says

    Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (16)
    I never write reviews or rate things. But say, I feel like I need to. Perhaps it was chef error or my lack of improvisation, but I didn’t like this recipe at all. I’m not sure why I had more of a creamy mac and cheese idea in my mind, but this was no where near that.
    I felt like it was very bland and could use way more flavor. As I mentioned above, I’m not great with just knowing what to add in, so I’m sure there are a lot of opportunities that I missed. It was also confusing my tastebuds and my brain was on sensory overload trying to comprehend all of the odd combinations of flavors and textures in one bite.
    I have no doubt that it would be a totally awesome meal if I had more creativity in the kitchen. I really am sorry for ruining the positive vibes for this recipe…I just needed to write my thoughts down and see if I could get some suggestions back on how to personalize it, in return.

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    • Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (17)Aunt Lou says

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      Hi Shannon!

      Sorry you did not enjoy this recipe, but we realize that with over 2,000 recipes that every recipe isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. From what you said, I think you might like this recipe better: https://www.recipesthatcrock.com/crock-pot-cheesy-beefy-mac-casserole/. It is a creamy mac ‘n cheese recipe, has fewer textures and does not have as many flavors blending together. If you give it a try, I hope you enjoy it.

      Aunt Lou

  4. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (19)Lex says

    Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (20)
    This recipe was so good and easy! I did a slight tweak to make it dairy free with the cheese. I also added onion to the ground beef and cooked the noodles in chicken broth. I took about 1/2 cup chicken broth and put it in the crock pot. Big hit in my house!

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  5. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (21)Mariah says

    Any recommendations if I simply don’t use beans at all? Picky eaters over here. Lol.

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    • Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (22)Aunt Lou says

      Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (23)
      I haven’t tried this without the beans in it. However, I do understand trying to accommodate picky eaters. So, let’s see if we can figure this out. Since the beans are undrained, you will need some liquid to replace that liquid. From a quick google search, I found that there is approximately 3/4 cup of liquid in a 15 oz can of beans. So, I would try adding 3/4 cup of beef broth or water to make up for the bean liquid. I was not able to find out amounts of chili seasoning in a can of beans, so you may have to play around with how much to add. I would start with a little, stir it in and add more gradually, if needed. (I always go by the rule, “You can always add more, but you can’t take it out once it is added,” when adding seasonings.) I hope this helps. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes!

  6. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (24)ElyseK says

    Is there a way to make this pressure cooker freindly instead of crockpot?

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    • Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (25)Aunt Lou says

      Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (26)
      I haven’t tried this in an electric pressure cooker yet, but I will add it to my list of recipes to try. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes!

    • Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (27)Amanda says

      I made it tonight in my pressure cooker. I browned the hamburger, added some diced onion and added the uncooked macaroni. Then poured the undrained tomatoes over the noodles, topped with chili beans. I set my cooker to 20 minutes (a guess really) but it turned out perfect. The noodles were perfectly tender.
      This will be a new favorite in our rotation of recipes.

  7. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (28)Marcy says

    I like my chili saucy. Could I add a small can of tomato sauce ? Seems like not enough liquid to finish cooking the noodles

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    • Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (29)Aunt Lou says

      Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (30)
      I haven’t tried this with adding in extra tomato sauce but think it might work. We always encourage our readers to adjust recipes to their preferences. If you give it a try, let me now how it goes!

  8. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (31)Tiffany says

    Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (32)
    This is my favorite chili EVER!!!!

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  9. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (33)Rich says

    Wow! Made it as instructed except I used turkey and a couple of splashes of Tabasco. I went through my first batch quickly and am now making it again. Easy, affordable and delicious, this recipe checked-off each of my requirements. Thanx a bunch.

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    • Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (34)Aunt Lou says

      Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (35)
      Great job making this your own! Your adjustments sound yummy. I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for letting us know. We love hearing when our readers like a recipe we have posted.

  10. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (36)Deb says

    Hi! Quick question! It states to have UNCOOKED noodles and then states right after AL DENTE. So are the noodles Al dente or uncooked?

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    • Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (37)Aunt Lou says

      Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (38)
      Hi Deb!

      It is 1 cup of uncooked macaroni (so you measure it before it is cooked), but it will need to be cooked al dente before adding it to the recipe. Hope this helps!

      Aunt Lou

  11. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (39)Jaime says

    Hey there! Can I substitute the ground beef with Turkey instead? Or will it change the taste and final outcome of the dish?

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    • Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (40)Aunt Lou says

      Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (41)
      I haven’t tried using ground turkey in this recipe, but think it could work. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes!

      Aunt Lou

  12. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (42)Cassie says

    Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (43)
    Mine came out a bit dry. I’d add 1/4 cup broth next time.

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    • Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (44)Aunt Lou says

      Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (45)
      We are all for our readers adjusting the recipes to their preferences. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes!

      Aunt Lou

  13. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (46)Karen says

    Do u cook the macaroni first then mix all ingredients together and put in crockpot or put in there uncooked?

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    • Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (47)Aunt Lou says

      Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (48)
      You will take 1 cup of uncooked macaroni and cook them al dente before adding them to the crock pot. Enjoy!

      Aunt Lou

  14. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (49)Edward Grensky says

    Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (50)
    I really like how your web site is laid out, with little or no clutter. As to saving recipes, I use “Copy me that.”

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  15. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (51)Kim Honeycutt says

    Hello from Lexington, North Carolina!💗 This looks yummy Aunt Lou!! I do like a little heat so I’ll probably fix as instructed and taste. If it needs more heat, I’ll add a little Texas Pete😍 Thank You!!

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    • Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (52)Aunt Lou says

      Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (53)
      Sounds like the perfect plan Kim! You are going to love this one. It is so yummy!

  16. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (54)Susan says

    Hey! I want try this recipe, but I don’t like chili/kidney beans…Can I use pintos? Drained or no? Thx, Susan

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    • Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (55)Aunt Lou says

      Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (56)
      Hi Susan!

      I haven’t tried this with pinto beans, but think it could work if that is your preference. I would not drain them to keep the consistency the same. You might want to add a little more chili powder since there won’t be chili seasonings in your beans. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes!

      Aunt Lou

  17. Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (57)Lisa Quintana says

    Hi Lou! The recipe calls for mild chili beans, but could I use hot chili beans? I normally prefer hot and spicy foods, but I see that chili powder is also an ingredient, so would it make it too hot if I use hot chili beans?

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    • Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (58)Aunt Lou says

      Crock Pot Cheddar Chili Mac - Recipes That Crock! (59)
      Hi Lisa!

      I am a wuss when it comes to spicy foods, so I used mild. The chili powder is not overwhelming at all. I think if you like spicy foods, then hot chili beans could work. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes!

      Aunt Lou

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FAQs

How do you keep mac and cheese from drying out in a crock pot? ›

Keep the lid on as much as possible. The macaroni and cheese is done when the noodles are al dente and the sauce is creamy and smooth. If you like a thicker texture, simply leave it in the crock pot with the lid on for a few more minutes.

Can I make mac and cheese and then keep it warm in a crock pot? ›

Keep cooked macaroni and cheese warm in a crockpot for serving at a potluck or anytime you need the dish to stay warm for hours. Spraying the crockpot insert with nonstick cooking spray prevents the macaroni from sticking to the insert without adding extra calories and fat.

Does chili taste better in the crockpot? ›

The flavor of the crockpot chili is rich and robust, the texture of the beef is so tender, and it turns out perfect every time! All it takes is a few minutes of prep work earlier in the day, and you're ready to enjoy a delicious bowl of chili for dinner or to serve to a crowd for your Super Bowl Party!

Can you cook chili too long in crock pot? ›

Yes, but it would take a while. I have cooked this chili for 9 hours on low and it was delicious but ever-so-slightly burnt on the top. The tomatoes contain sugar, which caramelizes in the slow cooker, and will eventually burn if it cookes for too long. Anything longer than 10 hours on low is risky.

Can I put uncooked pasta in the crock pot? ›

Can You Put Dry Pasta in the Slow Cooker? Yes! One of the beauties of this recipe is that even the pasta noodles cook in the slow cooker.

Which cheese is best for mac and cheese? ›

What Is the Best Cheese for Mac and Cheese? Sharp cheddar is the overwhelming popular choice, but for extra-creamy results, we think medium cheddar is even better. Other delicious options include Gruyère, smoked Gouda, and Monterey Jack.

Why does my crock pot mac and cheese curdle? ›

Why does slow cooker mac and cheese curdle? Well, a few different things cause this to happen. Eggs, pre-shredded cheese, and heat can all cause cheese to separate and result in a curdled texture.

Why is my crock pot mac and cheese gritty? ›

A: "Your ratios—from your roux to the fat content in the cheeses that you're using—may be a little off," Rach says. "You also just may be overcooking it." Rach breaks down how she makes what John calls "a pretty dang good mac and cheese" in more detail.

Can I use pre- shredded cheese for mac and cheese? ›

Use fresh grated cheese.

Pre-shredded store-bought cheese will not melt the same as freshly grated cheese, and grating the cheese helps it melt smoothly and evenly in the sauce.

What secret ingredient will deepen the flavor of your chili? ›

Stir some puréed pumpkin into your chili just after sautéing your aromatics (onions, garlic, etc...) and before adding any liquid. This will deepen and sweeten its flavor, making it a great balance for all the chile peppers and heat.

What adds the most flavor to chili? ›

Cocoa powder, bacon, cinnamon, ground coffee and tomato paste will all add a rich sweet & salty flavors that are sure to surprise and delight. Warming spice blends, like Garam Masala, Ras el Hanout or Baharat are another simple and delicious way to add layered flavors to this simple one-pot meal.

How do you make chili a deeper flavor? ›

If you want more of a smoky flavor, add cumin, Spanish paprika, ancho chili powder, or a combination. If you are looking for more heat, add cayenne, crushed red pepper, or Hungarian paprika. If it's too spicy add a little brown sugar and some sweet paprika.

Is 4 hours on high the same as 8 hours on low in a slow cooker? ›

The difference between "High" and "Low" on slow cookers seems to differ with every brand and model. One thing that is consistent, though, is that food takes seven to eight hours to reach a simmer point (around 210°) on low; versus three to four hours on high.

Is it okay to leave chili in a crock pot overnight? ›

'” So here's the verdict when it comes to chili food safety: You can leave it in the slow cooker for hours after it's done cooking if the cooker is set to the “low” or “keep warm” setting.

Is it safe to leave a crockpot on low overnight? ›

Is it safe to leave a slow cooker on for 12 hours? Yes, you can use your slow cooker for longer than eight hours, as long as you keep an eye on it. Many slow cookers do have an automatic shutoff after 24 hours.

How to stop macaroni cheese from drying out? ›

Add 1 tablespoon of milk per cup of mac and cheese and mix to incorprate as much as possible. *If you'd like to add more creaminess and flavor, substitute half-and-half or cream.

What keeps mac and cheese moist? ›

How To Keep Macaroni And Cheese From Drying Out. There are a few different ways to keep your macaroni and cheese moist, from adding a solid layer of shredded cheese on top to holding back on the cream when making your sauce.

How do you keep things moist in a crock pot? ›

Don't lift the lid during cooking unless absolutely necessary. It increases the cooking time and lets precious moisture escape. Also, make sure you are putting enough liquid in the cooker to keep things moist. It doesn't need to be a lot, but a little will help your meal steam a bit, which prevents moisture loss.

How do you make mac and cheese moist again? ›

Reheat in the Microwave
  1. Store leftovers right. ...
  2. Add one tablespoon of milk per cup of macaroni and cheese.
  3. Reheat at 50 percent power, stirring every minute or so.
  4. When the mac and cheese has reached its desired temperature, add a touch of butter to bring it back to life.
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