Yield: 8 servings
4.84 from 49 votes

One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
This easy, protein-packed One Pot Cheesy Turkey Taco Chili Mac recipe made with taco seasoning, beans, and pasta shells topped with cheese is a favorite in my home. Bonus points for dirtying only one pot!


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


  • 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.


Serving: 1generous cup, Calories: 341kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 893mg, Fiber: 8.5g, Sugar: 4g
Freestyle Points: 6
Points +: 8