Growing up, we barely ate out as a family. Most nights, we found ourselves setting the table with paper plates and enjoying our family’s staple recipes: Chicken and Rice, Spaghetti with Sausage, and an easy weeknight Chili topped over elbow macaroni. Our parents rotated their easy meals weekly. Of course, now being busy mothers ourselves, we can fully grasp the importance of an easy meal that goes a long way, and there’s nothing better than an easy weeknight Chili for the Fall, school nights and family gatherings.
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While there’s no right or wrong way to serve Chili, our family’s secret is to serve the Chili over a bowl of elbow macaroni pasta. Every year for Halloween, Jenna’s family hosts a group of friends for Trick-or-Treating, and HomeGood’s seasonal pasta is a fun way to change things up! Pasta shaped as pumpkins and spiderwebs makes for a kid-friendly meal that’s bound to be devoured.
Depending on the number of guests you’re hosting for dinner, there are a few ways we love to serve this easy Chili.
Our Go-To Toppings for any Chili include the following:
To create this simple recipe, you’ll need the following:
The best part of this easy weeknight Chili is having the option to simmer it on the stove for hours or cook quickly in the evening after an eventful day*. Either way, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to prepare. Simply start by cooking the hamburger meat all the way through and drain any excess grease. Return hamburger to the pan and mix well with tomato sauce and seasoning. Simmer for 10 minutes. While chili is simmering, prepare pasta according to the package directions. Pour hot Chili over cooked pasta and top off with your favorite toppings!
*If you prefer to cook the Chili on the stove all day, follow the easy steps and simmer on a low heat setting. Be sure to stir well at different points throughout the day. Add water (start with 1/4 cup) if Chili begins to thicken. This will help thin the sauce.