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Chili Tortellini

Chili Tortellini is a heavenly combination of yummy pasta and hearty chili. Warm up with this cozy meal that’s packed with beans, beef, noodles and veggies!

Chili Tortellini

Chili Tortellini

Kind of random, but last Sunday I was deciding what to make the boys and husband for dinner and just when I was going to make a pot of chili, I saw a package of tortellini in my pantry. I thought, I do chili mac all the time so why not add tortellini to my chili?! The rest is history and we loved this speedy to make dinner.

Ingredients for Chili Tortellini

Chili Tortellini

Here’s your line up. I found my tortellini at Trader Joe’s, but whatever brand you can find will work.

Chili Tortellini

How to Make This Delicious Dinner

Cook your tortellini according to the package directions. Cook al dente, careful to not overcook.

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Finely chop some onions.

Chili Tortellini

Saute your onion and garlic then brown the beef. Once browned, pour in your broth.

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Addย  your cooked tortellini back to the pot.

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Add your beans and tomato sauce or diced tomatoes. I would suggest diced tomatoes.

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A little cumin.

Chili Tortellini

A little chili powder, then give a good stir.

Chili Tortellini

You’ll get a little pot of deliciousness that looks like this.

Chili Tortellini

Think chili mac but even better. Enjoy!

Chili Tortellini

Chili Tortellini
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Chili Tortellini is a heavenly combination of yummy pasta and hearty chili. Warm up with this cozy meal that's packed with beans, beef, noodles and veggies!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef chili, beef chili recipe, best chili recipe, chili with noodles, easy chili recipe, homemade chili, homemade chili recipe, how to make chili
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 431 kcal
  • 1 lb dry tortellini
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 2 tbsp fresh minced garlic
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 32 oz reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 30 oz beans of choice
  • 15 oz Rotel diced tomatoes MILD version
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Heat olive oil into a large dutch oven over medium heat.

  2. Saute onion and garlic for about 5 minutes then brown beef until browned. Drain if necessary.ย 

  3. Add broth, tomatoes, beans, cumin, chili powder and cilantro. Add cooked tortellini and heat for 10 minutes or until hot.

  4. Reduce heat to a low simmer until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts
Chili Tortellini
Amount Per Serving
Calories 431 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 704mg31%
Potassium 730mg21%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
Calcium 132mg13%
Iron 5.1mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1

    I’m sure I will like it a lot ! This is a very original idea and nothing can stop us to create, with pasta. I love that.

  2. 2
    Tiffany says:

    This looks so good! I was searching for something to make for dinner tonight and this will be it.

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    Maria says:

    What a hearty meal!

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    Helene says:

    What a nice meal, I am sure nobody could resist it.

  5. 5

    Totally in love with this!! Best idea ever.

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    Tonya says:

    Ooo, I can’t wait to make this. It is COOOLD here, ice storm and all, thanks Spring! So you better believe we have our fireplace going and soup type dishes sound GOOD.

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    marla says:

    Love tortellini Jenny! This is the perfect weeknight meal ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 8

    That is a guaranteed crowd pleaser!!

  9. 9

    Jenny, this is absolutely genius!!! Putting on my grocery list right now!

  10. 10

    that is a majorly tasty, hearty looking meal- my kids would love it!

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    Thesha says:

    Yes please…this looks so delicious!

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    Amanda says:

    Looks perfect. This is at top of the grocery list for this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kate says:

    I just printed this out to make tomorrow night- thank you!!

  15. 15

    Mmm pasta in chili – this sounds so great!

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    Monica says:

    You show Hunts tomato sauce but mention Rotel – is it one or the other, but not both? Love the added cumin and cilantro. Thanks.

  17. 17

    Yum to the MAX! OOOH, I want it!

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    Ella Rose says:

    Would it be alright to use frozen mini cheese tortellini?

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    Emily says:

    Hi, looks great! I was wondering–where do you get your organic ground beef? I have only found it at farmer’s markets, but this looks like a name brand. Thanks!

  20. 20

    Yummm! I wish I had everything to make this for dinner tonight!

  21. 21

    Yum! I love tortellini but haven’t really tried them in chili before! This looks super hearty and delicious!

  22. 22

    That’s a fabulous idea to add tortellini! It looks really amazing! Wish I was eating this tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. 23
    June says:

    This looks and sounds amazing and can’t wait to make it!!!!

  24. 24

    what a great idea to jazz up regular ‘ol chili with some tortellini!! i love the simplicity and the entire dish!

  25. 25
    Tieghan says:

    Cheese + Chili + pasta are the best! Love how simple this is and I really want some now since it is snowing!

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    JulieD says:

    Looks so good!! I have to make this soon, Jenny! Can’t wait to see you next month!

  27. 27

    What an awesome idea – such a yummy combination!!!

  28. 28

    This is one really tasty sounding tortellini!

  29. 29

    Who could say no to this, Jenny!! Delicious.

  30. 30
    carrian says:

    This looks delicious! I bet you could just cook the tortellini right in the broth mixture.

  31. 31

    I love that tortellini from TJ’s. I would happily take a bowl right now ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Angie says:

    What a fun family dinner idea! I love it!

  33. 33

    Looks so amazing, Jenny!!

  34. 34

    I love those moments when you think “hey, let’s add this to that!” and it turns out YUM-O! This looks like one of those meals!

  35. 35

    I love how this rhymes! LOL! And I love your first photo, so simple yet makes me want to dive right into that big pot of comforting yumminess!

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    Renee says:

    I’m intrigued. I’m going to have to give this a try. I’m thinking cheese tortellini, though.

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    Nichole Van Bruggen says:

    Made this tonight with frozen tortellini and just cooked it right in the soup. It turned our GREAT! Added some Franks hot sauce while eating. Super yummy! Thanks for the great recipe.

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    Nazach says:

    I just made this tonight and it is AMAZING! I wanted a little kick so I added organic fire roasted diced tomatoes. I also opted to use the three cheese tortellini since that is all my grocer store had in stock. So glad that is all they had in stock. I found your recipe via Pinterest and glad I did…a must share with family and friends ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Heather says:

    Made this tonight and it was awesome! I had to make a couple of substitutions to use what I had on hand. I did use Rotel but only had original so I used 1 Tbsp of chili powder so it wouldn’t be too spicy for my son. I used black beans and a can of chili beans. I also added a small can of tomato paste because I really wanted it to have that nice red color and added flavor. I only had frozen tortellini so I just added it to the mixture as directed but straight from the freezer then let it sit and simmer about half an hour while waiting for my husband to get home. It was a perfect dinner on this cold, rainy ‘spring’ day.

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    Alia says:

    Great meal, except it was a little too spicy. I added a little sugar too, about 1/4 cup.

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    monique says:

    That does look delicious – and I have almost all the ingredients! I can compromise with what I don’t have. Thanks for sharing!

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    Evan says:

    I made this earlier today and it turned out amazing!!!!! ^_^ super easy to make and i even got the recipe memorized by heart now when ever im craving me some chili i can just go out and make it ! thanks a lot !!!!!

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    nikkiana says:

    This sounds like a fantastic idea! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Becky says:

    Where can I buy dry tortellini in Florida, we do not have Trader Joe’s? I just may have to try the frozen kind like Nichole and hopefully it will turn out ok. This really sounds good!

  46. 46
    Shweta says:

    I saw this recipe at pinterest. I made it today. It was amazing! I made it with thai peppers to make it spicy. It so good that family of 5 finished in one sitting. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome creation with us.

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    Ana says:

    I just finished making this delicious recipe !! it’s super easy and fast to prepare, with ingredients I always have in my pantry/freezer. It taste delicious ! Will make again for sure !

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  49. 49
    Julio says:

    This is just insane. And I thought your mac and cheese was mind blowing. This delish dish just topped it.

  50. 50

    Looks delicious! I am making it this weekend. I featured it on my Friday Five this week too.

  51. 51
    Maureen says:

    I was going to make this today, but wasn’t sure if you drained the beans or not. It looks like you do in the pictures but no where does it tell you do drain and rinse them. Also, I don’t have chili powder and cumin so i am adding medium rotel tomatoes to it. Have you ever frozen this?

  52. 52
    Tina says:

    You didn’t list tomato sauce in your ingredient listing!

  53. 53
    Katie says:

    I made this and in the picture it shows tomato sauce and in the ingredient list it says diced tomatoes. I used diced tomatoes and it is a little more runny than a traditional chili. So maybe use the tomato sauce if you want it a bit thicker.

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    Angela says:

    sounds like a great recipe. went out last night to get things for it, but all I could find was the Rotel that has the green chills in it is this right, I hope because I really want to make it tonight for dinner

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    brittany says:

    You left tomato sauce out of the bottom ingredients list

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  60. 60
    Traci says:

    I made this for dinner tonight! So good! I think this will be my go to chili for the Fall! I added fresh corn off the cob. Very good!

  61. 61
    AMBER says:

    Did you drain your beans first?

  62. 62
    Melissa says:

    Chili is on our menu for tonight…was looking for the pressure cooked version we like, couldn’t find it and sawa yours on Pinterest. Not only does it look delish, I have ALL the ingredients in my pantry–you saved me a trip to the store! My kids LOVE the tortellini from Trader Joe’s, we make soup with them all the time, a family favorite, so I hope they like this tortellini chili too!

  63. 63
    Stephanie says:

    Do you think this would still be good if I made the night before and refrigerated and then warmed up the next day?

  64. 64

    Made this tonight for my family, with a couple of changes, and my husband gave it five stars! Thank you for sharing a great recipe!

  65. 65
    Heather says:

    Hi – Are the tomato sauces in the pic in lieu of the Rotel? Or in addition to?

  66. 66
    Erin says:

    I have some questions–the recipe doesn’t specify if the beans are drained or not. Also, the pictures show two cans of tomato sauce, but the recipe just indicated 15 oz diced tomatoes. Is that tomato sauce in addition to the diced tomatoes or in place of them? Thanks!

  67. 67

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  68. 68
    Rachel says:

    Was just about to check my recipe bucket list board on Pinterest to figure out what to make for dinner today and this was the first pin that I saw on my home feed. I pinned it and was quickly reminded that I had pinned it way back in April. Loved the looks of it then, love the looks of it now. Cannot wait to say that I love the taste of it too. Thanks Jenny for making this a quick decision for me!

  69. 69

    I made this for my family and we loved it! It keeps well and leftovers are even better the next day!

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    Maria says:

    Do u drain the beans??

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    Mmm, this was fantastic! I added a little extra broth and cooked my tortellini right in there with the rest of it. The leftovers were just as good the next day! This had great flavor, and I love recipes that allow me to walk away from the stove while they cook. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Chrissy says:

    Hey! I was wondering if you had ever frozen the leftovers with this?? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jenna says:

    This is a great idea! I usually use a pretty similar chili recipe to yours, so I stuck with it and added tortellini towards the end (I got it in the refrigerated section, so it cooked pretty fast). Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Lisa Marie says:

    I have made this chili recipe several times, I will never go back to the store bought packet again. Boyfriend didn’t totally love the tortellini, so I just make the chili, and it is wonderful!

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    Made this tonight for the first time…..we looooooved it!!!! It was so delicious! This will be one we have a lot and one I will share with everyone!!!

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    danielle says:

    Hi I made this dish but noticed some of the spices that were in the ingredients list you never actually mentioned in the instructions so I ended up having to add them after when I realized it. Just wanted to mention it. Thanks!!

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    Sylvia says:

    How long does it take to cook this?

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    Nancy says:

    Do I drain the beans?

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    Megan says:

    Your recipe doesn’t have tomato sauce included on it. Just an FYI ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Amanda Pearson says:

    Could this be made in a crockpot and/or frozen? Looks delish!!

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    Brooke says:

    Great Pictures and Recipe! Perfect for cold Wisconsin afternoons. One question: I LOVE the spoon that you are using in the picture. Can you share where you got it?
    Thank you!

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    Donna says:

    Thank you for the recipe it was very delicious. However mine came up more soupy and I have to thicken it with windra. Any suggestions as to where it was Soupy?
    Are used 32 ounces of chicken broth?

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    Lorrie says:

    Can I use fresh tortellini instead of dry? Thanks!

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    RITA says:

    in your photo you show tomoato sauce but the recipe calls for rotel dice tomatoes

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