Campfire Cheater Chili Mac Skillet

Campfire Cheater Chili Mac Skillet

True story: My daughter was convinced she wouldn’t like this Campfire Cheater Chili Mac Skillet, then ended up eating two bowls of it. It’s really THAT good, you guys!

Also: Mom is always right. This recipe is super kid friendly and SO easy to make!

Pin this recipe to your Camping Board or your Easy Dinners board, because this was a hit!

This was my mom’s kind of recipe for camping because as a Mom of three busy kids, when we went camping she had to keep us all happy and well fed. This Campfire Cheater Chili Mac Skillet is seriously one of the easiest things that I have made in a long time – and it’s seriously SO good you guys!

Guess what you need?

Macaroni. Chili. Cheese. Water.

That is seriously IT!

You cook the macaroni in water, then you mix in chili. Warm it up, add the cheese and you have the best Campfire Cheater Chili Mac Skillet that you have ever tasted!

Of course, that means that I need to make a full-blown Chili Mac Skillet that’s homemade now, but I think that I can take one for the team and whip one of those up for you all.


That cheese…oh lorty, that cheese!

It’s the best part.

Actually, the entire thing is the best part.When the entire family eats it, I consider it a win beyond measure. My daughter was ready to make her peanut butter and jam sandwich ( I am not a short order cook, you eat supper or you get a sandwich that you make yourself, or starve) but when she tasted it, she ate humble pie. And two helpings of Campfire Cheater Chili Mac Skillet, as well.


She truly did. She really didn’t believe how it could taste that good, but I reminded her that it was three of her favourite foods : macaroni, chili and cheese. She just had a hard time wrapping her head around the fact that together they would taste even better.

This is the PERFECT recipe for pickier eaters, this is such a kid pleaser, you guys, trust me!

Happy Cooking you guys!




PrintCampfire Cheater Chili Mac Skillet

Author: Karlynn Johnston

Prep Time: 5

Cook Time: 20

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Category: dinner recipes

Print Recipe

Pin Recipe


Campfire Cheater Chili Mac Skillet! This hearty dish will soon become a new camping favourite with your family! Only a few ingredients and it cooks on the campfire perfectly!


  • 1 (454 g) box of elbow macaroni
  • 5 cups of water
  • 2 cups of shredded old cheddar cheese
Read the whole recipe on The Kitchen Magpie