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Pressure Cooker Chili Mac is easy to make. The recipe calls for as few as 4 ingredients. You easily change up the flavor by adding a spicier chili seasoning or even adding hot sauce. Using a pressure cooker makes for quick work with little effort and doesn’t heat up the house.

Pressure Cooker Chili Mac Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Pressure Cooker Chili Mac is yet another variation of a goulash-type of dish. This dish comes together effortlessly in the electric pressure cooker. The tender pasta really holds the sauce and chili flavor. The dish easily becomes a variation of a mac and cheese with the addition of some shredded cheese, or you can just top with a little shredded cheese or leave it cheeseless if you prefer. Here’s how I make Pressure Cooker Chili Mac.

Pressure Cooker Chili Mac

Equipment Needed

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lb small pasta (I used Ronzoni #35 elbow macaroni)
  • 2x 14.5 oz cans petite diced tomatoes (I used Del Monte)
  • 2x 14.5 oz cans water
  • 2x 1.25 oz packets chili seasoning (I used McCormick)
  • hot sauce (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese (also optional, use only if you want it to be really cheesy)

Pressure Cooker Chili Mac Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Place the ground beef into the pot of the pressure cooker.

Set the cooker to saute and brown the ground beef.

Once the ground beef is browned, add in the pasta, tomatoes, seasoning and water.

Stir the contents of the pot well and be sure that the pasta is completely covered.

Place the lid on the pot and set the vent to the “sealed” position.

Set the pressure cooker to cook for 5 minutes on the manual high pressure setting.

Once the cooking cycle has finished, do a quick pressure release.

Stir the dish. If you’re adding hot sauce now would be the time to do it.

If you want to mix cheese with the whole dish, add the 2 cups of shredded cheddar to the pot and stir thoroughly.

Sprinkle the shredded colby jack cheese on top (if you want it) and serve immediately.

Pressure Cooker Chili Mac Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Pressure Cooker Chili Mac

Pressure Cooker Chili Mac Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Place the ground beef into the pot of the pressure cooker. Set the cooker to saute and brown the ground beef. Once the ground beef is browned, add in the pasta, tomatoes, seasoning and water. Stir the contents of the pot well and be sure that the pasta is completely covered. Place the lid on the pot and set the vent to the "sealed" position. Set the pressure cooker to cook for 5 minutes on the manual high pressure setting. Once the cooking cycle has finished, do a quick pressure release. Stir the dish. If you're adding hot sauce now would be the time to do it. If you want to mix cheese with the whole dish, add the 2 cups of shredded cheddar to the pot and stir thoroughly. Sprinkle shredded colby jack cheese on top (if you want it) and serve immediately.

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    8 comments

    Claudia Lamascolo August 13, 2018 - 6:51 am

    this is a recipe that is pure comfort food for us. We love making chili when its in the cooler months going to save this for fall its almost here!

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    Veena Azmanov August 13, 2018 - 4:19 pm

    Now that is comfort food and I love that it is so spicy. My kids love mac and cheese but I’d rather have a spicy bowl of mac. Looks so good. Love how simple this recipe is too.

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    Noel Lizotte August 13, 2018 - 6:55 pm

    Chili mac! That was a school cafeteria regular when I was growing up. I think it was on the menu at least once a month. Always served with a butter sandwich (white bread) and a tossed salad. Now there’s a walk down memory lane!

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    Marisa Franca August 14, 2018 - 8:04 am

    I love a spicy version of mac and cheese. This is such a fantastic comfort food. I don’t have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker but I imagine I could make this the old fashioned way. The males in our family will love this.

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    Tammy August 14, 2018 - 10:33 am

    Ahh such total comfort food! This looks amazing and so convenient with the pressure cooker…perfect for the back-to-school/fall season 🙂

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    Jyothi (Jo) August 14, 2018 - 10:56 am

    Chili mac, oooo that is the best kind. Looks absolutely delicious! If there is mac and cheese, I’d rather have chili version.

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    Marysa August 16, 2018 - 9:36 am

    I would have never thought to combine chili and pasta, but it’s perfect! This sounds delicious and filling, too.

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    pat. August 21, 2018 - 12:08 pm

    Chili is always a meal topper.

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