One Skillet Poblano Chili Mac

by jerseygirl on October 9, 2015 · 3 comments

DSC_0064I am a huge fan of quick and easy dinners. They are typically what I cook on a week night. I have to say I am not the most consistent when it comes to having a weekly meal plan. I tend to  decide at 4:30 pm what we will be eating at 6pm. I usually look in my fridge or pantry and then scramble to make sure dinner is put on the table.

It works like the show, Chopped,  at our house every night. And hopefully I have a good basket to cook with. In between running the kids around to their nightly activities there is always a meal that can be heated in the microwave if necessary.

I am big on keeping quick ingredients such as pasta, rice, chicken cutlets, frozen shrimp and veggies in my kitchen. Another ingredient that I like to have on hand is ground beef.

In the past, I have kept packages of ground beef in my freezer because I don’t trust that it will stay in the fridge for more than a few days without spoiling. The problem is defrosting the beef and actually having to plan when I am going to use it. But now I have been introduced to FreshLast Pack and my defrosting problems are solved.


FreshLast Pack is a vacuum-sealed package that removes the air from ground beef packaging. It stays fresh much longer than conventional tray packaging and helps prevent freezer burn. It comes in one pound packages and the air tight seal prevents leaks and messes. The ground beef is all natural and additive free. It is just the type of packaging I want when I am purchasing ground beef.

Right now, ground beef in this package can be purchased at select Target, Wegmans and BJ’s stores as well as through, with more locations in the future.

Ground beef and pasta always seem to be a good match. Since I despise washing pots and pans, I came up with this recipe so that only one pan is used. The meal covers every food group as it has pasta, meat, veggies and cheese in it. It heats up great in the microwave so I declare it to be the perfect meal.


This One Skillet Poblano Chili Mac cooks up in about half an hour. It is the type of meal you will want to put on your dinner rotation once a week!

***For full disclosure, I was a sent a gift card to cover costs for making this recipe. As usual, all opinions are my own.


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One Skillet Poblano Chili Mac
Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 4 to 6 servings
This one skillet pasta beef dinner is perfect for any week night!
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound Freshlast Pack lean ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus extra to taste
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded, cored and diced
  • ½ cup chopped sweet peppers (red or yellow)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 can (15 ounce) diced fired roasted tomatoes
  • 3½ cups water, extra if needed
  • 8 ounces elbow noodles
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus extra for garnish
  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add ground beef and cook for five minutes or until beef starts to brown. Sprinkle with chili powder and salt.
  2. Add onion and peppers. Saute for a few minutes or until onion is translucent and peppers are wilted. Add garlic to the pan and stir well.
  3. Add tomatoes and 3½ cups of water to the pan. Bring to a simmer and add noodles. Stir well.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan and let cook for about 20 to 25 minutes or until pasta is cooked, stirring occasionally. Add extra water while cooking if necessary. Stir in one cup of cheese and mix gently until cheese is melted.
  5. Remove pan from heat and season with extra salt to taste. Garnish with extra cheddar cheese if desired.



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adam j. holland October 9, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Beautiful. I’m a Texan with an appetite for poblano peppers. You’ve nailed it.


Karen Harris October 10, 2015 at 9:24 am

I could have written this myself. It seems like we have the same thing going on at suppertime. I’ll have to look for this product. I love the chili mac. Great for last minute dinners and everyone loves it.


Karen (Back Road Journal) October 28, 2015 at 10:04 am

I haven’t had chili mac in years and yours looks terrific. I like that you added poblano to the dish.


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