Baked Chili Macaroni Recipe with Kraft Fresh Take

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Have you seen the new Kraft Fresh Take meal kits in stores?  These kits combine cheese and breadcrumbs in a variety of flavors to make it quick and easy to add excitement to your meals.  Of course one great way to use these is to coat chicken or fish in them before baking or frying.  But I wanted to use the Fresh Take kits to make something a little more exciting and unique, so I made Baked Chili Macaroni.

Baked Chili Macaroni Recipe

I headed out to my local Walmart to pick up a package.  It is easy to find, since it is right with all the shredded cheese.

Lots of Cheese at walmart

There were so many flavors I had a hard time choosing one, but I settled on the Southwest Three Cheese flavor as the one that would go best with chili. The cheese is a mixture of Colby, Mozzarella and Cheddar, and the bread crumbs have garlic, cumin and chili pepper.  It sounds perfect for a spicy Southwestern meal to me!  You can see all the details of my shopping trip in my Google Plus album.

Once I got home I got all my ingredients together for making Chili Macaroni.

Ingredients for Baked Chili Macaroni

The meal is just elbow macaroni, topped with a simple chili recipe and then finished off with the Kraft Fresh Takes Bread Crumb and Cheese mixture.  Then it is baked in the oven to heat everything through and melt the cheese.

Baked Chili Macaroni

It was pretty simple to make, and it tasted wonderful. The cheese and bread crumb mixture on top added a little bit of crunch, and some extra spiciness, for a great combination of flavors.  I made it ahead of time and then just popped it in the oven to cook when we got home. I like recipes like this that can be made in advance, since it is so nice not to have to think about dinner after a busy day!  Here is the complete recipe.

Baked Chili Macaroni

click here for a printable recipe


  • 8 oz of elbow macaroni
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 T Worcester sauce
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 can tomatoes with jalepeno peppers
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 can kidney beans (optional)
  • Kraft Fresh Take Southwest Three Cheese


  1. Cook the elbow macaroni, drain and set aside.
  2. Brown the beef and drain off any extra fat.
  3. Then add the garlic, onion and red pepper and cook for a few minutes to soften.
  4. Add the cocoa powder, chili powder, Worchester sauce, cinnamon and salt and stir to mix.
  5. Mix in the tomatoes, cover and cook on low for at at least 30 minutes.
  6. You can stir in beans at the end of the cooking time, although I chose not to include them this time.
  7. Spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray, and spread the macaroni in the bottom.Elbow Macaroni
  8. Cover with the chili mixture.  You can refrigerate the dish at this point, as I did, and bake it later, or bake it right away.Topping the elbows with chili
  9. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  10. Mix the bread crumbs and cheese from the Fresh Take together and spread on top of the chili.Sprinkling Kraft Fresh take on Chili
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes (30-35 minutes if it was refrigerated) and serve.

Watch for the Kraft Fresh Possibilities Tour truck which will be making stops across the country from March through the end of July. You can check and see if they are making a stop near you at this website: Fresh Possibilities Tour In addition there should be a coupon on chicken in the meat department that will give you $1.00 off if you buy chicken and Fresh Take together now through the end of July.

Let me know what flavor sounds best to you!


  1. says

    I will absolutely be giving this a try, it looks and sounds delicious! Great photos, my mouth is watering just looking at them.

  2. says

    I have big plans for these EASY meal kits! The kits combine seasoned bread crumbs with cheese and are the superstar in a creating quick easy and delicious meals! We have already tried the Cheddar Jack and Bacon and Chili Lime Panko…and today I have a very tasty vegetarian entree for you using the Italian Parmesan recipe!

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