Ok guys, this here…this is your ‘playoffs’ grub, your Super Bowl Sunday feast, or your next weeknight, one-pot-wonder. It’s all of the above…and it’s my Daytime Ale and Jack Chili Mac. Easy to make, ridiculously delish!
Daytime Ale and Jack Chili Mac
I’ve been wanting to write a homemade Chili Mac recipe for a while. I loved it as a kid…you know, the boxed stuff! But, I’m a big kid now…who writes easy, DIY recipes to inspire a general ditching of boxed goods. Unless it’s beer…I approve of beer being boxed…with convenient, carrying handles.
Speaking of beer, this chili mac recipe proudly calls for 12 ounces of Lagunitas DayTime Ale as an ingredient. It’s an IPA, but with less alcohol than that of the usual suspects in its class. When its beer:30, this is the perfect bevvie for hoppy-wimps like me who like to be into things for the long game. Yep, I’m no heavyweight, but I love a full-bodied beer!
Now, if it’s Chili Mac:45 and you’re wondering where to get your hands on this NorCal DayTime Ale, not to worry…their website says they’re headed for year-round, nationwide distribution. In the meantime, you can probably get by with you favorite ale…pretty sure it’ll still rock!
For those who live right here in Lagunitas country, you can make and serve this one with an extra side of pride. That’s exactly how I’ll be feeling every time I make it.
And you too, Chicago! I’m so excited to know that there is a Lagunitas Brewing Company aaaall the way over in my native home state. Shout out to Illinois…love and miss you mucho!
And btw, I have no affiliation with Lagunitas outside of being a NorCal resident…and admirer.
About this recipe, it takes a few minutes to prep, around 30 minutes to cook, and yields 12 cups. This means it will either feed a small army, or get better by the day in your fridge.
You guys know I’m always trying to healthy-up when I cook…even if it’s in the tiniest ways. So, for this recipe, I used Barilla Plus Whole Grain Macaroni noodles (with no complaints!) aaaaaand I skipped the beef and subbed in some sustainably raised ground turkey…cuz that’s my thang, you know!
Here’s the play-by-play of what happened when I made this recipe a few weeks ago:
- I whipped it together.
- We had it for dinner.
- It was seriously delish!
- We packaged up a few quarts, intending to freeze it.
- We had it for dinner the next day.
- Again, yum!
- We had it for dinner again the next day.
- Yeah…no…it didn’t make it to the freezer.
- I had it for lunch once or twice that week.
- Then, it was gone.
- We loved every. single. bite.
- We obsessed about it when we weren’t eating it.
- We still are.
Here’s a snap of what yours could look like on its way to the freezer. If it makes it there, it should hold up for several weeks, if packaged properly. To reheat, thaw completely; remove from the bag; microwave it on a medium power setting or heat on the stove over medium heat until warm.
If you make this recipe for the playoffs this Sunday, or Super Bowl Sunday, or any old weeknight, snap it and tag it on Instagram or Facebook. Here’s a cheat sheet for you:
@thekitchengirl #thekitchengirl #alejackchilimac @lagunitasbeer #lagunitasdaytime #lagunitasbeer #daytimeale #daytimeipa
Cheers to football season, ale-inspired food…and always to our health!