Cheesy Chili Mac
1 box macaroni & cheese [plus milk and butter, according to package]
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground beef
½ green bell pepper, chopped
½ medium onion, chopped
1 cup frozen corn
6 oz tomato paste
½ cup water
16 oz kidney beans, drained
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp cayenne pepper
Salt & ground black pepper, to taste
✧ Cook pasta from macaroni & cheese as directed.
✧ Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and green pepper. Cook until soft and caramelized, about 5 minutes.
✧ Add ground beef. Cook until browned.
✧ Stir in the cheese ingredients from the macaroni & cheese [cheese packet, milk, butter].
✧ Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer 30 minutes.