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One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac

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One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac recipe is so easy and protein packed! Made with taco seasoning, beans, and pasta shells topped with cheese is a favorite in my home! Bonus points for dirtying only one pot!

One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac recipe is so easy and protein packed! Made with taco seasoning, beans, and pasta shells topped with cheese is a favorite in my home! Bonus points for dirtying only one pot!
Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac

Chili mac and cheese is pure comfort in a bowl and thanks to the protein and fiber, it’s also filling and the perfect family-friendly recipe. If you love chili as much as me, you may also enjoy this Quick Beef Chili Recipe or my most popular Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili.

One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac recipe is so easy and protein packed! Made with taco seasoning, beans, and pasta shells topped with cheese is a favorite in my home! Bonus points for dirtying only one pot!

How To Make Chili Mac

You can use white or whole wheat pasta in this recipe, but I wanted to make this a gluten free dish because my aunt who is gluten intolerant was eating with me. I’ve heard all good things about DeLallo Gluten Free Pasta from my friend who swears by it and I was honestly blown away.

Delallo gluten free pasta.

It was by far the best GF pasta I’ve ever tried, in fact I even prefer it over whole wheat and I ‘m thinking I might be using this pasta all the time. Great taste, firm texture with the perfect al dente bite. And I loved how it didn’t get soggy after sitting in the chili hours later.

Although Madison wouldn’t eat this because she won’t eat beans, I gave some to my friend Tara to test out on her finicky 5 year old son and he LOVED it!

One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac recipe is so easy and protein packed! Made with taco seasoning, beans, and pasta shells topped with cheese is a favorite in my home! Bonus points for dirtying only one pot!
One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac recipe is so easy and protein packed! Made with taco seasoning, beans, and pasta shells topped with cheese is a favorite in my home! Bonus points for dirtying only one pot!
One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac recipe is so easy and protein packed! Made with taco seasoning, beans, and pasta shells topped with cheese is a favorite in my home! Bonus points for dirtying only one pot!
One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac recipe is so easy and protein packed! Made with taco seasoning, beans, and pasta shells topped with cheese is a favorite in my home! Bonus points for dirtying only one pot!
Taco Chili Mac recipe is so easy and protein packed! Made with taco seasoning, beans, and pasta shells topped with cheese is a favorite in my home!

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One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac

4.88 from 88 votes
7
Cals:341
Protein:24
Carbs:40
Fat:9
One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac recipe is so easy and protein packed! Made with taco seasoning, beans, and pasta shells topped with cheese is a favorite in my home! Bonus points for dirtying only one pot!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac recipe is so easy and protein packed! Made with taco seasoning, beans, and pasta shells topped with cheese is a favorite in my home! Bonus points for dirtying only one pot!
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1 generous cup

Ingredients

For the homemade taco seasoning:

  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano

For the Chili:

  • 1.3 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 10 oz can rotel tomatoes with green chilies
  • 14.5 oz can pink or red beans, drained
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 can, 8 oz fat-free refried beans
  • 1 15 oz can reduced sodium chicken broth*
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 8 oz DeLallo Gluten Free shells, or DeLallo whole wheat
  • 3/4 cup part-skim shredded sharp cheddar cheese*
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped scallions
  • *Check labels for gluten-free

Instructions

  • Heat a large Dutch oven or pot with a fitted lid over medium-high heat and spray with oil, brown the turkey breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  • When cooked through, add the onions, garlic, pepper and taco seasoning; cook 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the canned tomatoes, beans, tomato sauce, refried beans, chicken broth and water.
  • Bring to a boil, cover and simmer about 15 minutes. Adjust salt to taste.
  • Stir in the uncooked pasta and simmer uncovered over medium heat until al dente, about 6 minutes or according to package directions.
  • Remove the pot from heat and top with the cheese, cover and let sit for about 2-3 minutes, until the cheese melts.
  • Serve immediately garnished with fresh cilantro and scallions.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 generous cup, Calories: 341 kcal, Carbohydrates: 40 g, Protein: 24 g, Fat: 9 g, Cholesterol: 60 mg, Sodium: 893 mg, Fiber: 8.5 g, Sugar: 4 g

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One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac – pure comfort food, packed with protein & fiber all in one pot!

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330 comments on “One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac”

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    Jennifer Freund

    Excellent recipe … we used chickpea pasta which took 11 minute to cook.. definitely will make again

  2. I added more veggies just for myself (6 peppers vs 1 and a large onion) but this was sooooo good. Highly recommend!!!!!!

  3. This was so warm and comforting!  
    Winner winner chili dinner.! Everyone enjoyed it at our house!
    I also added a green and orange pepper.
    I cooked this on the stove top and then placed it in the crockpot for 4 hour to simmer on low.  The last half hour I added the raw pasta.
    I couldn’t find an 8 ounce can of refried beans, so I added half of  a regular size Can of refried beans.  Please let me know if that’s what it should be since I’d like to keep the same calorie count.   

    Thank you for this great recipe!

  4. Made this for dinner… both my husband and I thought it was out of this world!! I made it perfect the recipe, except subbed chicken because that’s what I had on hand. Delish!!! Thanks for another yummy recipe 🙂

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    Kate Christolini

    A big pot of comfort food, once again Gina doesn’t disappoint. I chopped the onions and the peppers in the food processor together, I wanted the peppers small because my husband doesn’t like them. He had two helpings, didn’t even know they were in there! 😉 I subbed in whole wheat rotini because I already had it in the pantry, it worked perfectly. As someone else said, the hard part is only eating 1 serving.

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    Erica Friedman

    Another amazing recipe by skinny taste. my fiancé loved this too!! Will use slightly less water next time. 10/10 will make again

  7. Delish! Made it last night for the first time. We loved it. The only problem is I wanted more than 1 serving!

  8. I had a quick question about the refried beans. Is it 8 oz of refried beans for the recipe in total or half of an 8 oz can of refried beans? Thanks so very much I’m very excited to make this tonight!

  9. My family loves your recipes.  This is like a healthy version of hamburger helper, only better, and without the processed aftertaste.

  10. This is delicious! I doubled it because I had a lot of turkey and I was worried it wouldn’t all fit in the pot! My husband told me 3 times that he loved it and my picky 5 yr old loved it, too! 

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    Barb Sullivan

    Delicious…  I omitted the refried beans but plenty thick .   Since there are lots of leftovers I added the cheese to our plates and not the entire pot.  

  12. This is delicious – one of my favorite Skinnytaste recipes. It’s so easy to make, too. I didn’t change anything in the recipe, except once I made it with jarred salsa since I was out of Rotel. It still turned out perfect.

  13. I’ve made this so many times because it’s phenomenal! I use low sodium chicken broth and no water. Just tastes better to me and increase the seasonings. I like SPICE! Also use regular Rotel or hot. I don’t always use the cheese either. 
    Also, I have a hard time finding DeLallo GF or/and whole wheat pasta where I live so I order it from their web site. They always have deals going on so sign up for their emails.