This isn’t any ordinary mac and cheese. Spice up mealtime with this delicious and nutritious Southwest Turkey Sausage Chili Mac. Featuring Eckrich® Turkey Skinless Smoked Sausage, this recipe is great for kids and parents alike.

Check out the recipe from Eckrich® below to get started on your new go-to mealtime favorite.

Total Time Skill Level Servings
30 mins Intermediate 4



Eckrich® Turkey Skinless Smoked Sausage, chopped 1 pkg(s)
Onion, chopped 2 whole
Green pepper, chopped 2 whole
Dry pasta, your choice 1 lb.
Garlic, chopped 2 clove(s)
Can chili beans, undrained 16 oz.
Can diced tomato, undrained 14 1/2 oz.
Beef broth 1 cup(s)
Package taco seasoning 1 oz.
Mexican-style four cheese As needed
Parsley, chopped As needed


  1. Cook pasta.
  2. Brown turkey sausage in oil over medium heat. Set aside.
  3. In same pan, brown garlic, onion and green pepper in a little more oil.
  4. Stir in chili beans, tomatoes, taco seasoning, beef broth and simmer. Add cooked pasta and sausage. Top with cheese and parsley if you like. A salad is the perfect sidekick.
  5. You can substitute chili beans with bean of choice but add one teaspoon of paprika and one teaspoon of chili powder.

Tips to Stretch Your Dollar

Use leftover mac and cheese to create fried mac and cheese balls. Roll one-inch diameter refrigerated mac and cheese balls into panko bread crumbs and fry in hot oil for four to five minutes.

In need of more inspiration for your next family meal? Smithfield Foods’ large portfolio of products, including Smithfield® Bacon, Nathan’s Famous® Beef Franks and Eckrich® Smoked Sausage, can meet your household’s needs for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snack time. 

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