Baked Cheesy Chilli Mac


°1 yellow onion

°3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

°Olive oil

°600g semi-lean ground beef

°1 red bell pepper, diced

°1 C. chili powder

°1 C. sweet smoked paprika

°1 C. cumin

°1/2 tsp. Italian spices

°1 cup frozen corn

°1 cup black beans, rinsed and well drained

°1 cup kidney beans, rinsed and well drained

°796ml diced tomatoes with Italian spices

°500 g macaroni, cooked very al dente

°2 cups grated Gouda cheese

°1 cup (or 2) grated cheddar cheese

°1 small handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped

°Salt and pepper from the mill


In a large saucepan (which is oven safe) heated over medium heat, add the onion and garlic followed by a good drizzle of olive oil. Salt, pepper and mix. Cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes to soften.

Add the ground beef and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink. Break into small pieces. Drain the fat.

Add the bell pepper, chili, paprika, cumin and Italian spices then mix. Cook for 1 minute, stirring.

Add corn, beans, tomatoes and macaroni then season with salt and pepper. Mix and continue cooking for about 5 to 6 minutes, until the pasta is cooked and the liquid has almost all evaporated. Remove from fire.

Add the gouda cheese, fresh parsley and mix. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to GRILL.

Bury with the cheddar cheese and place in the oven. Bake for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is nicely browned on top! Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy !