After a long train ride home I was craving something warm and filling. I made up a huge pan of Chili Mac. I used this basic recipe for my starting point.
Of course, in typical fashion I may have changed it a little. I used freezer and pantry items to pull this together quickly. I did use fresh onion, but if I hadn't had any I would have simply used dried onion.
I used whole wheat pasta. My onion was red because that was what I had on hand. I minced some garlic to add because I love garlic. I used 1/2 of a bag of Gardein beef crumbles and added 2 cups of the pinto beans I had previously frozen. I didn't want that much of the crumbles and prefer more of my protein to come from beans. I also wanted to keep the costs a little more reasonable. I used 1 can of tomato sauce because I like it saucy. I also increased the amount of cumin. Oh, and I just stirred in a little Daiya cheddar shreds.