This delicious pressure cooker chili mac in the Instant Pot is a quick and easy, frugal weeknight dinner your family is sure to love!
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Do you remember Hamburger Helper? And that glove with the face that was on the box? Now that I think about it, why was there a glove on the box? I’m not really sure what a glove had to do with cooking dinner. It wasn’t even an oven mitt…just sort of a strange icon, really.
As a kid, Hamburger Helper was a regular evening meal in our house. On days when my mom worked, my dad was often in charge of dinner prep, which meant quick and easy meals were in order. Hamburger Helper was just that–an easy way for him to get dinner on the table.
Now that I have three kids of my own, I can fully appreciate the need for some quick and easy dinner options. Can I get an Amen? But I try to minimize our use of convenience meals, partly because making our own meals is usually cheaper, healthier, and tastier!
One of the many reasons I love using my Instant Pot is that meals can be ready in mere minutes! Seriously, minutes, people! This pressure cooker chili mac is a great weeknight meal solution for those of us who are short on time. Not only is it fast, but it doesn’t require any strange ingredients and it’s pretty inexpensive to make.
I adapted this pressure cooker chili mac from a non-pressure cooker recipe I found at My Incredible Recipes, which served as the inspiration for this family friendly, quick and easy dinner option. Noodles and beef are cooked under pressure in a perfectly seasoned sauce, then some shredded cheese is melted in after cooking. Be still my heart. The result is a deliciously hearty meal that your family is sure to love, and one that you’re sure to make again and again because it’s just that easy.
I don’t add beans to this dish, but you totally could if you wanted to. You can also top it with a little bit of shredded cheese if you want! Add this Instant Pot chili mac to your next weekly meal plan!
- Instant Pot (I have the DUO60 model, which I love!)
- Wooden spoon or plastic spoon
- Box Grater for shredding your own cheese, if desired (it really does make a difference!)
- Measuring cups and spoons
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