One Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac

Chili mac is a classic vegetarian comfort food recipe that’s made in one pot in just 30 minutes. This recipe is great for last-minute dinners or to share on game day!

One Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 10 ounces dry elbow pasta
  • 2 cans (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (4 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped green onions, for topping

  1. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or large pot. Add the chopped mushrooms and diced onions, sprinkle with salt. Saute for 5 minutes, or until the onions and mushrooms have softened.
  2. Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring continuously to prevent burning.
  3. Pour in the elbow pasta, kidney beans, crushed tomatoes (with juices), tomato sauce, and vegetable broth. Bring to a simmer. Simmer uncovered until pasta is tender, about 12 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cheddar cheese. Serve topped with chopped green onions. Enjoy!

  • I use light red kidney beans and dark red kidney beans. Alternately, you can use whatever bean you have on hand, like black beans or white beans.
  • To keep the sodium down, choose cans labeled "reduced sodium" or "no added salt". Choose low sodium vegetable broth and add salt to taste at the end.
  • This meal can be portioned into large or individual containers and frozen for up to 3 months. These are the containers I use. It will need to thaw in the fridge for up to 24 hours before enjoying. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 5 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Saturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 1161mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 15g