Forget the boxed stuff – all you need is a few ingredients and less than 30 minutes for homemade chili mac!
My mother was into making homemade versions of boxed meals long before it was popular.
Momma Swope, you’re so ahead of the times.
Back when she and my dad were first married, she started making this particular dish, which my dad named “Chili Mac” because it reminded him of something they used to feed him in the army. While my mother was not sure what to make of this at first (he quickly made sure to tell her that her version was infinitely better – my father is not a stupid man), the name stuck. Growing up, we did not have Hamburger Helper, but we did have lots of Chili Mac.