Two bean chili mac

It’s a blizzard out there. No really, many cities are experiencing frigid temperatures due to the polar vortex. I’ve already experienced the first snow of the season and I’m assuming I will see many more snow days.  Luckily it’s looking like clear roads ahead for this upcoming Thanksgiving.

This Wednesday I’m loading up the car (well with the help of my hub) and we are traveling south to the Texas Hill Country for a little r&r with the family. Not to mention we will be celebrating a special someone’s 2nd birthday!!!

My sister is hosting Thanksgiving at her house on Friday and we are celebrating the actual day with food to be determined. After a big meal I’m always up for leftovers or small meals that are easy to prepare. Most people are tired of seeing their kitchen and just want to sit and visit with loved ones.

Two bean chili mac

Today I’ve teamed up with Swanson to bring you this easy two bean chili mac and a pretty awesome giveaway. As long as I can remember I’ve always used Swanson as my go to brand with broths. They recently just launched a new cream starter, which is perfect to create a nice creamy base to any soup of your choice.  I’m thinking tomato basil soup or a creamy chicken broccoli soup for my next soup choice.  This chili soup is easy to make and is perfect for a cold chilly night.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED – Winner comment #17!

Now on to the fun part…. the giveaway! One lucky A Zesty Bite reader located in the U.S. will win the following prize hosted by Swanson.  Just leave a comment stating which Swanson product you would use for your next soup recipe.  Winner will be chosen December 3rd.

  • One elegant, white soup tureen (from pottery barn)
  • 4 white soup bowls
  • 4 chevron cloth napkins
  • One carton of each of the following Swanson products:
    • Swanson Chicken Broth, Swanson Chicken Stock
    • Swanson Cream Starter Traditional
    • Swanson Cream Starter 25% Reduced Fat
    • Swanson Flavor Infused Louisiana Cajun Broth
    • Swanson Flavor Infused Tuscan Chicken Broth

ENJOY ~ Meagan

Two bean chili mac

Two Bean Chili Mac


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 diced white onion
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 14.5 ounce can stewed tomatoes
  • 15 ounce can pinto beans
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1.25 ounce packet mild chili seasoning mix
  • 15 ounce can black beans
  • 1 1/4 cup elbow noodles
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth


In a large dutch oven melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the onion and beef and cook for 10 minutes.  Pour in the stewed tomatoes, pinto beans, tomato sauce, chili seasoning mix, black beans, noodles and broth.  Cook on low/medium for 25 minutes.

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24 comments on “Two Bean Chili Mac”

  1. I’d love to try the Tuscan chicken broth!

  2. I love Swanson’s organic chicken broth!

  3. This looks like a great, hearty dinner to help combat the chill outdoors…yum! The Swanson flavor infused Tuscan chicken broth sounds intriguing to me.

  4. I would love to try the Swanson Flavor Infused Tuscan Chicken Broth. I would serve your TWO BEAN CHILI MAC in those lovely Bowls if I was lucky enough to win 🙂

  5. I can’t wait to try the Tuscan Chicken Broth in a soup recipe…I bet it’s so tasty!

  6. I would love to try the MEXICAN TORTILLA broth. I didn’t know they even had this product. Next time I make my chicken tortilla soup, I’m using this broth!

  7. I use the traditional broth all the time, but would love to try the Starter for a change – in my next chicken noodle soup.

  8. The Swanson unsalted chicken stock. I use chicken stock as the base for so many different homemade soups!

  9. I want to try the Louisiana Cajun Broth and would use it in many of my recipes

  10. I would love to taste the Louisiana Cajun broth!

  11. I would love to try the cream soup starter. I have never used a base like that. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  12. I would love to taste the Louisiana Cajun broth, but is it vegetarian ???

  13. I made your recipe tonight for my teenage son; it was a big hit. Plus it was easy and fast…my kind of meal! I did enjoy the flavor that the two different bean varieties gave to the chili Mac. In regards to your giveaway, the Louisiana cajun broth sounds great! I would love to try it! I hope my local stores begin to carry it soon.

  14. I would use the Cajun broth first. It sounds like a very unique ingredient.

  15. LOVE This! would love to try the Tuscan Chicken Broth!! Thanks so much!

  16. I would like to add some of the Louisiana cajun broth in a beef stew.

  17. Wow I am going to have to try both the Tuscan and the Cajun ones.
    That’s pretty cool!

  18. Swanson Flavor Infused Louisiana cajun broth is what i would like to try

  19. I would love to use the Swanson Cream Starter Traditional to make soup!

  20. i would LOVE to try the louisiana cajun as a base to chicken noodle soup. it would add a great flavor profile!

  21. I would use chicken stock for my tomato soup recipe.

  22. I had no idea Swanson’s made Swanson Flavor Infused Louisiana Cajun Broth! Sounds perfect for my chicken and sausage gumbo!

  23. I would like to try the the Louisiana Cajun broth.

  24. I would like to try making a soup using the Tuscan broth. Maybe using the broth, white beans, and chicken sausage…sounds like a good combo!

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