One Pot Pasta: Black Bean Chili-Mac

Posted by on May 10, 2021 in FAQs | No Comments


This recipe is practically a no knife/no cutting board recipe if you choose (use frozen diced onion + frozen diced green pepper)! Using pantry items (including frozen and canned veggies + beans) plus some fresh herbs and toppings to finish at the end, you’ll be so proud of yourself for making this economical and delicious one-pot meal. This recipe is easily adapted to your taste buds: see variations at the bottom for adding meat; add chili flake or a diced jalapeno for a bit of spice.

Serves: 5-6


  • 1-16 oz. box of Shells, Rotini or Elbow Macaroni pasta
  • ½-1 onion, thinly sliced (depending on size, or 3/4 c. frozen diced onion)
  • 1 bell pepper, trimmed-seeded+ thinly sliced (or 1 c. frozen diced pepper)
  • ¼ c. Taco seasoning (low salt, as desired)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder (or a few cloves of fresh garlic, minced)
  • 1-15 oz. can tomato puree + 1-15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1-12 oz. bag of frozen corn
  • 1 qt. / 4 c. vegetable or chicken broth (homemade or low-salt, as desired)
  • 2-15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • Garnishes: Optional but yummy!! Fresh chopped cilantro-fresh diced avocado-low fat or dairy free cheese shreds


  1. Put all ingredients in a soup pot. It might look like there is not enough liquid. The veggies will cook down and release liquid. Stir to combine and put the lid on.
  2. Bring up to a boil over med-high heat.
  3. Turn heat down to medium. Stir occasionally and simmer/low boil for about 12-15 minutes until the pasta is tender.
  4. Check occasionally while stirring, to make sure that the liquid hasn’t cooked off.(Don’t burn it!) Add a little bit-maybe half cup- of water at a time, if it is getting dry and pasta is not cooked.
  5. There should be a small amount of liquid remaining in the bottom. Stir + serve hot, topped with garnishes as desired.

Variations: Brown 1# ground lean meat and add into the pot at Step 1. OR- 1 bag of frozen meatless ‘beef’ crumbles, add in towards the end of cooking.

The recipe may be halved.

The Big 8 Food Allergen Info: Gluten