Beer and Jack Chili Mac

Do you ever set out to make a certain meal and then end up going in a complete opposite direction? That happens in my kitchen almost nightly. This is why I can not make a weekly menu plan like so many organized people do. Saturday I set out to make a hearty warm me up please, Corn Chowder with a side of Jalapeno Corn Bread. Somehow... those two dishes turned into a chili in one pot and a mac n' cheese in another.

Then it hit me. Mix those babies together!

First I started with a vegetarian beer chili. It is delicious and warming all on it's own but paired with a beer and pepperjack macaroni and cheese it is just out of this world. Two kicked up comfort foods mixed together.

Beer and Jack Chili Mac n' Cheese

Ingredients for the Mac n' Cheese:
1 16 oz box of pasta
3 tbs butter
3 tbs flour
1 cup bee
1 cup cream
8 oz pepperjack cheese, shredded ( I used Cabot)
4 oz cream cheese
4 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded ( I used Cabot)
Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for the chili:

 2 tbs olive oil
 1 small onion, diced
1 small bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeno sliced  
2 cloves minced garlic 
1 16 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 cup beer
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 cup of black beans
1 tbs of chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp balsamic vinegar 


Prepare your pasta according to package directions.

Mean while prepare your cheese sauce. In a medium sauce pan melt butter and whisk in flour until a thick paste forms. Slowly whisk in beer and cream. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat and whisk in all of your shredded cheese. Salt and pepper to taste and toss with cooked pasta. Set aside.

To prepare your chili. Heat your oil in a large dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot until it is fragrant. Add in diced onions, peppers, jalapenos and garlic. Reduce heat to medium and saute until the onions are translucent. Add in your remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Simmer until chili has thickened. About 30 minutes. 

Mix mac n' cheese into your chili and serve! Top with extra cheese and sliced jalapenos (optional) 




  1. I am to unorganized to do the "weekly menu plan". Or I'll plan it out and get everything and then when the day comes to have whatever is on the list I'm craving something else. haha. Everything sounds good until the day I'm suppose to make it. lol

    I love this Mac and cheese! Love it with "spontaneous" dishes are so good!

    1. Thanks so much Angie! Honestly... cooking is more fun when it's on a whim! Almost like a challenge of sorts.... what can I make with this, this and this.

  2. I really need to start planning. Sigh. This looks incredible!!

  3. The best recipes usually come out of last minute changes - or even mistakes. I think this is one of those! Great idea!

    xo Jackie

  4. Looks delish. Going to try it here, then maybe at the Pub where I work as a lunch special if that is ok. Thanks for the great idea.

  5. Im kind of speechless! What an amazing combination!

  6. Oh my gosh, this looks wonderful! I absolutely adore mac and cheese and am always looking for new versions, I think I could live off the stuff, I'm going to have to make this! :)

  7. Ooh, I would love a big bowl of this mac and cheese! Yum!

  8. Ok I need a huge bowl of this STAT please Carrie! My fiance would go bonkers for this. Oh and me too, obviously. I mean, what's not to like about it? PS: I love your pretty bowl!

  9. YUMMY! This looks amazing!

  10. We add just about everything to mac and cheese. I love this idea!

  11. I think my husband would weep tears of joy if I made this for dinner. It might have to go on the menu soon. :)

  12. Oh wow, this looks SOOOO amazing - so my type of dish. I only recently started eating chili mac a few months ago + i'm totally hooked now. WANT!

  13. What kind of beer do you recommend?

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  15. What a great Fathers' Day dish. OK, it's a great dish ANY DAY! You rock, lady.

  16. What kind of beer is best to use?