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Sharing my Chili Tortellini today!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.


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

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

Chili Tortellini

Finely chop some onions.

Chili Tortellini

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

Chili Tortellini

Add  your cooked tortellini back to the pot.

Chili Tortellini

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

Chili Tortellini

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

Chili Tortellini

Think chili mac but even better. Enjoy!

Chili Tortellini


Chili Tortellini


  • 1 pound dry tortellini
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 32 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth
  • two 15 ounce cans beans, I used black and red beans, whatever you prefer
  • 15 ounce can Rotel diced tomatoes MILD version
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons 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. Saute onion and garlic for about 5 minutes then brown beef until browned. Drain if necessary. Add broth, tomatoes, beans, cumin, chili powder and cilantro. Add cooked tortellini and heat for 10 minutes or until hot. Reduce heat to a low simmer until ready to serve.

Makes 8-10 Servings

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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.

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    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!

  4. 4
    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 🙂

  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!

  13. 13
    Amanda says:

    Looks perfect. This is at top of the grocery list for this weekend 🙂

  14. 14
    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 🙂

  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!

  26. 26
    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 🙂

  32. 32
    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!

  36. 36
    Renee says:

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

  37. 37
    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 🙂

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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!

  45. 45
    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.

  47. 47
    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 !

  48. 48

    […] Take tonight’s dinner. Tonight is Open House at school, and swim practice for both kids. My plan was to feed kids BEFORE they go to practice, but this first week of school is a half day. So by the time we get home, we are eating lunch at 1:00. NOT ready for dinner at 4:00. That plan will begin next week. In the meantime, I can at least be home after school to get the dinner ready to just heat up when we get home. It’s worked so far….well, the whole 2 nights I have tried it. Here is tonight’s dinner, from Pinterest. […]

  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.

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