macaroni noodles too!
Believe it or not, this soup is what we knew as chili
growing up. Of course, the chili I make for the football watching crew
these days is quite a bit different than this. But you can certainly see
why a mom with 6 hungry kids would whip up this more kid friendly version.
A mild chili flavor with just enough beans to make it a complete meal and
plenty of macaroni to make it kid friendly makes it accessible to everyone.
Of course we knew the difference between chili and this,
that is why this was always chili soup and chili was just chili. We used
to eat a lot of chili soup and not much chili.
Now we eat a lot of chili, but every once in a while you
still need to break out some chili soup. When you do, be sure to have
oyster crackers and cheese on hand. It’s the only way to fix it!
You want to know the funny thing about chili soup? If
you put a lot of macaroni in it, like I normally do, the leftovers are
The pasta soaks up a lot of the “juice” and magically it
turns into something new. Voila! It’s like a whole different second
meal with no extra effort.
I will have to ask my mom to confirm, but I am pretty sure this is
the chili she grew up with as well. I know she refers to it as Maw-Maw’s
recipe, so that has to be the case! No matter where the recipe came from,
it is sure to be a budge friendly family pleaser on a cold day.
We always make this with elbow macaroni noodles. Then the
day I was in the mood to make it for the blog, I went to the pantry to grab a
box and guess what… no elbows!
I was heartbroken and discouraged and almost scrapped the
plan to make chili mac, but decided to persevere in the face of adversity. So I
forged on with rotini instead. Though it still tasted good, it just wasn’t the
More recipes from Maw-Maw:
Maw-Maw’s One Pan Scalloped Potatoes and Pork Chops is another great comfort food meal. The pork chops bake right on top of the scalloped potatoes and both give such great flavor to the other. All you need is a vegetable and dinner is done!
taco soup in the instant pot. It is family friendly and super easy to make!