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Chili over Noodles

Chili over Noodles is the best accident my family has come across. It is a complete meal in one bowl.

Chili over Noodles was discovered by my family when my dad accidently made the chili too salty. We boiled up noodles and placed the salty chili over top and it was perfect. By adding the noodles a pot of chili will last longer and becomes a great freezer meal. 

We freeze chili and other foods in 1 cup ice cube trays. I highly recommend making a large pot of chili and freezing some so you have a quick meal when there is no time to cook. Check out our article on freezing food using ice cube trays for more freezer friendly meals.

Cost Per Serving $3.46 as of August 2022

If you have zero ingredients then this recipe will cost about $13.83.

If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $7.67.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $1.92.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Stove Top

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1 cup chili and 1/2 cup noodles

Equipment needed: 1 pot for pasta and 1 Dutch oven

Cook time: 30 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a fully stocked pantry you will have a savings of about $6.16.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $6.16 as of August 2022

  • chili powder $1.00
  • ground cumin $1.28
  • dried oregano $1.00
  • olive oil $2.88


Total: $7.67 as of August 2022

  • 1 onion $0.60
  • 1 garlic bulb $0.54
  • 8 oz shell or elbow pasta $0.92
  • 1 medium green pepper $0.78
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 oz $0.88
  • 1 can tomato sauce 15 oz $0.88
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 oz $0.76
  • 1 can red beans 14.5 oz $0.78
  • 1 jalapeno $0.37
  • 1 sour cream 8 oz $1.16

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete the prep from the prep tab above.
  2. In a Dutch oven heat 1.5 teaspoons of olive oil.
  3. Sauté vegetables until tender.
  4. Add garlic for 1 minute
  5. Add and bring to boil:
    • Seasonings
    • diced tomatoes
    • tomato sauce
    • tomato paste
    • red beans
  6. Reduce heat to medium low stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. 
  7. Bring a pot of water to boil and cook 8 ounces of pasta to package directions. 
  8. Serve chili over pasta with sour cream. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 2 under $45 – Menu 2

Side Options

Side Salad


  • Avocado
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sliced green onions
  • Cilantro or flat leaf parsley

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