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Southwestern Chili Mac

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Southwestern Chili Mac
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 55 min
  • Servings 5
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Add something spicy to your family’s Southwestern night! Serve this tasty casserole dinner made using pork, pasta and beans.

Ingredients

1
lb. lean ground beef
7
oz. (2 cups) uncooked wagon wheel pasta
2
cups water
1
(15-oz.) can spicy chili beans, undrained
1
(8-oz.) jar jalapeño pasteurized process cheese sauce

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 2 In large saucepan, brown ground beef until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Cook until thoroughly heated. Spoon mixture into sprayed casserole. Cover tightly.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 35 to 40 minutes or until pasta is tender and sauce is bubbly.
Tips  

Decorate this casserole with a dollop of sour cream, sliced green onions and chopped avocado. For more color, add a sprinkling of chopped red bell pepper or pimientos.

Wagon wheel pasta lends an Old West feel to this recipe, but any similar-sized pasta will work.

Plain pasteurized cheese product can be used in place of the jalapeño-flavored variety.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 1/3 Cups
Calories
520
(
Calories from Fat
210
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
35%
(
Saturated Fat
12g
60%
)
Cholesterol
85mg
28%
Sodium
1150mg
48%
Total Carbohydrate
47g
16%
(
Dietary Fiber
5g
20%
,
Sugars
5g
)
Protein
30g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
25%
25%
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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