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.

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

Think chili mac but even better. Enjoy!

Chili Tortellini

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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!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 431kcal
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  • Dutch Oven


  • 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


  • 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.


Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 704mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 5.1mg
Keywords: beef chili, beef chili recipe, best chili recipe, chili with noodles, easy chili recipe, homemade chili, homemade chili recipe, how to make chili

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89 Responses
  1. danielle

    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!!

  2. Elizabeth

    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!!!

  3. Lisa Marie

    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!

  4. Jenna

    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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  6. Katie Kay's Kitchen

    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. 🙂

  7. Katie Kay's Kitchen

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

  8. Rachel

    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!

  9. Erin

    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!

  10. Yvonne Reynolds

    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!

  11. Stephanie

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

  12. Melissa

    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!

  13. Traci

    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!

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  15. Angela

    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

  16. Katie

    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.

  17. Maureen

    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?

  18. Bette @ Somerset Lane

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

  19. Julio

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

  20. Ana

    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 !

  21. Shweta

    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.

  22. Becky

    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!

  23. Evan

    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 !!!!!

  24. monique

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

  25. Heather

    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.

  26. Nazach

    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 🙂

  27. Nichole Van Bruggen

    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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