Chili is a favorite anytime with my family but really good during the fall and winter months.  This is one way we like this great dish.
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground turkey
1 regular can chili hot beans
1 regular can kidney beans or pinto beans (I use whatever I have available)
1 large onion, chopped
2 regular cans diced tomatoes
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tablespoon garlic powder
3 or 4 tablespoons chili powder
1 cup elbow macaroni, uncooked
3 or 4 cups water

Brown turkey, beef and onion in skillet and drain. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, then turn to simmer for about an hour.

Great with cornbread.

You might also like my Crockpot Stew Meat Chili.



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  1. Thanks southern lady for this recipe….I will be trying it, and I have lived in the south my entire life and I have always added macaroni to my chili, but it may be because my Mom lived for several yrs. in Indiana.

  2. I don’t like hot food, when i make this and omit the the can of hot chili beans, would i add two of one of the other beans?

  3. I grew up in Ky, in Frankfort, Momma always had macaroni in her chili, I didn’t know others didn’t til I moved away from Ky. My family loves it that way and we live in Florida now…

  4. I can’t believe that someone who calls herself the Southern Lady has a recipe for chili with macaroni in it. That’s almost sacrilegious in Texas. I thought it was strictly a Yankee thing,

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I am wondering Sidneyanne if you ever prepare anything besides Southern recipes. I probably have as many Northern people on my site as I do Southern. I also have people from all over the world and everyone is welcome here. I have never limited myself in cooking or life. Diversity is a wonderful thing. There are 3 chili recipes on the site and they are all different. Just because I am Southern and try to be a lady doesn’t mean I can’t cook anything I want or offer dishes that might appeal to everyone. A lot of Texans I know are positive and diversified happy people.

      • Helen from Seattle says:

        You are quite a lady and an awesome one! Thank you for all you do to brighten my day and my table. My family & friends rave about your recipes that I make and think I am the greatest cook ever. Shhh thank you! I am making this chili for my friends at dog training class tonight in celebration of the Seahawks win!

  5. WENDY SWANSON says:

    I Start MY CHILI Out – with A BIG CAN or BOTTLE of V-8 Juice ! Also has Celery in it too !

  6. In Wisconsin, chili is always made with macaroni, only I like to use elbow spaghetti. The smaller cut of pasta tastes better. Don’t cook your pasta till it is soft. I rinse it in cold water before I add the cooked pasta to the chili. It’ll mush up in the hot chili if it is fully cook when you add it to the chili because it will continue to cook in the hot chili. Don’t try to skip a step and add the raw pasta to the chili to cook it, or you will have casserole!

  7. One question. Is that one cup of cooked macaroni or uncooked macaroni?

  8. This was really good. Back again to make it today.

  9. Well, I never thought of this. Sounds sooo good. Going to try it!

  10. I use spaghetti (broken into pieces) for my chili. But I’ll try the macaroni! Looks great.

  11. I made this last week and my daughter loved it. We ate on it for days. Thanks for sharing it!

  12. Judy, always add macaroni to my chili. With Fall arriving it is always so good and easy to make. Take care…

  13. Chili recipe with macaroni looks good, I love to put macaroni in my soup

  14. This is the same as I make. In Wisconsin, our chili always has macaroni in it. It seems so naked without it! But, I’ve had some really good texas spicy chili that’s served with rice that is delcious also.

  15. I am not a huge chili fan, I usually load mine up with crackers. I LOVE the idea of macaroni in chili! I think my boys (who aren't chili lovers either) would like it better with noodles too!

  16. I love your chili!!!

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