College Boy Chili Mac.

My little brother moved out of my parents’ house at the ripe & tender age of 20-almost-21. We thought he’d be in heaven; he wasn’t. He was, in fact, just plain hungry. There was a big void Mom’s hot meals used to fill. I’ve been put in charge of being sure he at least has some resources (leading a horse to water, per se) to feeding himself on a budget. Chili is one of the only ways I survived my (starving) senior year at college. Naturally, I made the chili with a boatload of vegetables instead of ground beef, but you get the idea. The key to this recipe is the noodles. They stretch out a batch of chili for a week (well, if you’re a girl), and they are super duper cheap.

1 lb ground beef

1 onion, chopped

1 large can hot chili beans

1 large can crushed tomatoes OR 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chiles

1 packet chili seasoning

1 12-oz beer

1 lb noodles

In a large pot, cook ground beef with onions over medium heat. When meat is mostly browned, dump meat & onions into a strainer and drain the excess oil/water. Return to pot. Stir in chili beans, tomatoes, seasoning, and beer; turn heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently. While chili is simmering, boil water for the noodles. Make sure you use a large enough pot. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of salt in the water; add noodles when the water is boiling. Stir occasionally and drain when noodles are tender. Don’t forget to stir the chili. When noodles are done, the chili is done. Turn off the heat for both. Ladle chili over noodles; top with non-moldy cheese like cheddar or Parmesan.

If you’re feeling ambitious or you have random items in your fridge, here are some options for additional stir-ins (add these when you add the beans):

    few dashes of tobasco sauce

    6-10 jalepeno slices

    1 tsp red pepper flakes

    1 chopped green pepper

    1 can green chiles

    1 c frozen corn (or 1 can)


One thought on “College Boy Chili Mac.

  1. So glad I found your blog through FB! Definitely love me some chili during the fall and winter! We also pour a can or bottle of beer into the chili. And thanks for the reminder to use non-moldy cheese 🙂

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