chili mac recipe

Homemade Chili Mac Recipe for Pressure Cooker

This is really a delicious dish, and you can serve it for game night, or dinner with sides, or all on it's own. It's easy to make, and its all done in the Instant Pot, so you can have it ready in less than half the time it would normally take to prepare, and with hardly any clean up, who doesn't love that. Make sure to save this one, because it's sure to become a favorite.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Chili Mac Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 1059kcal


  • 1 pound ground Sirloin
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 15 - 16 ounce can diced tomatoes with onions and green peppers
  • 1 16 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 Tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet basil dried
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups Jack and Colby cheese shredded


  • Turn on the Saute setting on the Instant Pot, and add the butter, and chopped onion. Cook the onion until it begins to caramelize, and add the ground Sirloin, and cook until browned and no longer pink, and crumble the Sirloin into small pieces.
  • Add the minced garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and water, and stir well. Add the garlic salt, seasoned salt, pepper, chili powder, Italian Seasoning, sweet basil, and brown sugar, and stir together until well blended. Turn off the Saute setting, and add 2 cups of Shells (pasta), and stir into the meat sauce. Make sure all the shells are covered in the sauce.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, and make sure the pressure valve is set to 'SEALING' and press the 'MANUAL' button on the Instant Pot, and turn the time to 5 minutes for Al Dente Pasta, and 6 minutes if you like your Pasta a little more done.
  • When the Instant Pot is done, it will beep and go to OFF, do a quick release by gently turning the pressure valve to 'VENTING' and allowing the pressure to be released.
  • When all the pressure has been released, and the float valve is down, remove the lid from the Instant Pot, and stir the pasta and sauce.
  • Add the cream and shredded cheese, stir well, and let the Mac and Cheese sit for 1 minute before serving. Serve with bread or a small salad. Enjoy!
  • NOTE: If you're not familiar with the term 'al dente' it simply means that the Pasta is a little more chewy, and not soft. So, if you like your Pasta a little more done, you'd cook it a little longer, as the instructions suggest.


36 Weight Watchers SmartPoints


Calories: 1059kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 64g | Fat: 73g | Saturated Fat: 44g | Cholesterol: 284mg | Sodium: 5460mg | Potassium: 2011mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 4025IU | Vitamin C: 43.1mg | Calcium: 1133mg | Iron: 8.8mg