March 25, 2011

Cheeseburger Macaroni


This delicious, incredibly cheesy dish is another one of our favorite weeknight dinners. It’s beefy, hearty and whips up in less than 20 minutes. Hope you love this one as much as we do!


Start with one pound of lean hamburger meat, browned and drained.


Add a package of taco seasoning.


And one can of this. The good stuff.


You don’t even have to bother to drain it!


Gosh, I really like Rotel.


Add two cups of beef broth.


(You can also just use water if you want.)


And one cup of elbow macaroni. You’ll be glad you did.

By the way, I’ve tried other shapes of pasta in this recipe, and none of them seem to work as well as good old macaroni. Gotta love it.


Stir to combine, and heat to boiling. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 12-14 minutes until the macaroni is tender.


Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over medium heat, then add 2 tablespoons of flour.


Whisk to combine, and continue to cook, whisking until the roux is fragrant and light brown in color, about 5 minutes.


Whisk in 3/4 cup of milk.


And bring the sauce to a boil. Whisk until smooth and thickened.


Remove the saucepan from the heat, and add 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.


Whisk until melted. Heaven help me.


Now one last step for the sauce, this stuff needs some seasoning! Add 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper. I love this seasoned salt and pepper.


Here’s what your hamburger and noodles should look like after 12-14 minutes. Don’t worry if there’s still some beef broth in there. You may want to taste test a noodle for doneness at this point.


If you like it, go ahead and pour in the cheese sauce and stir gently to combine.


Glorious! Beef. Cheese. Rotel. Taco seasoning. Does it get any better than this? Enjoy!

Cheeseburger Macaroni
  • 1 pound lean hamburger meat
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 (10 oz) can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies (or petite diced tomatoes)
  • 2 cups beef broth (or water)
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
For the cheese sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  1. Brown and drain hamburger meat. Stir in taco seasoning, Rotel, beef broth, and macaroni. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and cover pan. Simmer 12-14 mins until macaroni is tender.
For the cheese sauce:
  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking for 5 minutes until fragrant and light brown in color. Whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Whisk until smooth and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Add the salt and pepper to the cheese sauce. Pour the cheese sauce over the hamburger mixture. Stir gently to combine.
Makes: 4 servings.
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Lori @ The Chicken's Kitchen March 25, 2011 at 3:08 am

Can’t wait to give this a try! It looks like the perfect weekday dish!


Mindy March 25, 2011 at 5:23 am

Amanda: Here a great idea. A lot of us would love to have a print this recipe click button somewhere after or before the recipe. Then when we click it, the recipe will open in a new window, and we can then just easily print the recipe with title and all. Just a suggestion that I think a lot of us would love! Thanks! –Mindy


Elizabeth May 24, 2011 at 11:44 am

Yes, please!

Mandy April 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Mindy – there is a “Print Recipe” button right below the box around the recipe. Hope this helps!

Mindy March 25, 2011 at 5:25 am

um… duh! oops. my mistake, just saw it. I am such a doe-doe… let me blame it on: “It’s too early and I haven’t had my coffee yet.” — yeah that’s it :P


Mirjana March 25, 2011 at 6:18 am

This looks really good!


Lois March 25, 2011 at 6:45 am

Mindy – check out the bottom right of the recipe…..viola`!!! A “print recipe” button! Amanda thinks of everything! :)


Fern Smith March 25, 2011 at 7:10 am

This looks amazing, I love how you add step by step pictures!


Jeannette P March 25, 2011 at 7:22 am

Thanks Amanda. I plan to have my children make this one soon. They are 8, 6, and 4. The two older ones want to make dinner sometimes and having pictures to help them along the way so they feel like they are making the meal by themselves is perfect. Of course they’ll get mom’s help with the stove but I think this one is easy enough for them to do mostly on their own. :) Thanks


Urban Wife March 25, 2011 at 7:47 am

Maybe I will email my husband this recipe so that he can stop buy Hamburger Helper! What a great alternative and probably less caloric than the store bought stuff. Have a great weekend! :)


Urban Wife March 25, 2011 at 7:48 am

*buying — Sorry, I haven’t had my cup of morning tea yet!

adri March 25, 2011 at 8:52 am

how in the world do you stay so thin with these delicious recipes? this looks so yummy :D


Amanda March 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm

You’re too kind Adri :) I count calories and try to stay in the 1200-1500 calories a day range. I generally allow for 500-600 calories for dinner.. This falls right in the middle!

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Lauren from Lauren's Latest March 25, 2011 at 9:43 am

How easy and delicious!


Sherrie March 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

I…………am…………starving………….now !!!!!


Kristyn March 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

Wow, looks delicious, I cannot wait to make it! One question: do you just use regular grated cheddar cheese? Every time I’ve made a sauce with cheddar cheese, it’s come out a little bit gritty. Anyway, I cannot wait to try this, I love your recipes. Thanks so much for sharing them!!


Amanda March 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

The trick to this is to remove the sauce from the heat before adding the cheddar. Give it a few good stirs to cool it down before adding the cheese – there will still be plenty of residual heat to melt the cheese. It’s when the cheddar gets too hot (to the point of bubbling) that it starts getting gritty.

Chastity March 25, 2011 at 11:21 am

I am going to use the shredded Velveeta cheese you can buy in the bag. I think that will work best, as it is made to “melt”. I agree about the cheddar.

Amanda March 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I’ve used Velveeta before and it’s good too :)

Kristyn March 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

Thank you so much for that tip, Amanda!! I had no idea. :D

Karly March 25, 2011 at 11:04 am

I am now seriously craving that for lunch. I think I have all the ingredients too!


Chastity March 25, 2011 at 11:18 am

Thank you SO much for making nutrition facts available for this recipe. It makes it much easier for me to follow the Weight Watchers program when I have that information! I have 5 kids and a husband who LOVE Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper (Ugh!) and so I am gonna surprise them all with this recipe tonight and I’m sure it will be much better (and healthier!) than the box stuff. We also love your Ultimate Baked Beans. I made them for a large gathering last weekend and everyone was talking about them! :)


Chastity March 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm

It was a HIT!! My husband loved it, and so did my 2 year old! Some of the kids thought it was a little too “spicy”, so next time I might just use half the taco seasoning. Total deliciousness!! :)

Jac March 25, 2011 at 11:26 am

We are having this for dinner tonight! I already had hamburger out thawing for something else, but as soon as I saw this recipe, I decided on it instead :) Thank you so much!


Julie March 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Yummo!! I have a recipe very similar to this one but I added a can of cheddar cheese soup with a 1/4 cup milk instead of making the cheese sauce. That was back in my “single mom of two boys” day. It has been along time since I have had it! Think I will have to make it this weekend!


Pamela March 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

This looks fantastic! I’m going to make a big batch of it for my house guests this week! Thanks you for the printable recipe and the links at the end!!!


Kristin Murdock March 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Oh my word Amanda, your recipes are not good for my waistline! :) Happy Weekend to you – thanks for the yummy ideas!


Jenny Flake March 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I love dinner recipes like this, I think my boys would go nuts for it :) Have a great weekend girl!! xoxo


Liz March 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Wow – looks amazing, Amanda. And 44g of protein – nice!


Tracy March 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Oh goodness. Going on our dinner menu for sure. YUM.


Laurie March 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm

OK Amanda, please come cook for me and family???? lol! You have the best recipes, thanks for giving me ideas for dinner! Have a great weekend!


Teresa Zuehls March 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm

This recipe sounds easy, fast and good. My kind of meal. It reminds me of Hamburger Helper but this one is much healthier.


Maria March 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Love easy recipes like this!


katie March 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Looks delicious! Thank you so much for including the calorie count!! That really helps. I was inspired by YOU to lose some weight in January. I followed your super easy suggestions and have lost 20 pounds!! I too thought I just couldn’t lost the weight, but it was SO simple and really a complete lifestyle change. Thanks again for the inspiration and the fab recipe!!


Erin J. March 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm

this looks delicious!! might pick up the ingredients this weekend :)


Laura March 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm

My husband and I are partaking of this deliciousness as we speak…yummy! Thanks for the new recipe!!!!


Rhonda March 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Made this for supper tonight. Completely missed the big fat “MILD” on your Rotel picture. I’m glad the kids are at their grandparents’ house because it was pretty spicy with regular Rotel. Very good, though!


Flora March 26, 2011 at 4:09 am

I’m adding some of the ingredients to my grocery list so I can make this next week. What a great and easy recipe, thanks!


Lori @ RecipeGirl March 26, 2011 at 9:35 am

Oh my goodness. You sure know how to make a family-friendly recipe! My guys will love this one!


Senja March 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Hi Amanda,

I just made this and it is delicious :) My husband also liked it and it was so fast!

Thanks for sharing this.



kelly March 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Just made this for dinner! Yummmy!!! It was spicy not perfect! It does remind me of hamburger helper… this is waayyyy better!


kelly March 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I meant to say that it was spicy BUT perfect!

Theresa March 26, 2011 at 9:15 pm

This recipe looks great! And my mom will be so happy. She’s tired of reading the recipes I post that contain canned soups. She hates canned soup. I don’t mind it. :)


Sue March 27, 2011 at 2:01 am

A winning recipe for sure!


Cookin' Canuck March 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Perfect for a quick and easy meal. This is a definite crowd-pleaser.


Meghan March 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I would just like to say this was… AMAZING. I usually hate anything hamburger helper related but this was excellent. I used less sodium taco seasoning, soy milk and veggie ground. I also added onions to the veggie ground and paprika to the cheese sauce. Soooo good. My husband has put this in is his top five favourite dishes. Thank you so much for sharing this.


Beth March 28, 2011 at 8:21 am

Fantastic recipe! I made it last night and it was filling and tasty. Perfectly seasoned. I used reduced fat cheddar to save some calories and it was great. Only issue I had was there was still quite a lot of broth left even after the noodles were completely tender. Made the cheese sauce thinner, but after it sat for a bit, it thickened up OK. I might use a little less broth next time.


Shandy March 28, 2011 at 10:31 am

This was a hit at my house. My husband loved it. I added shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced onions and diced pickles on top. It was delicious and very easy to make. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


Kristen March 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

Made this last night and LOVED IT! i think I may have gotten the cheese mixture to the wrong consistency, but once I mixed it in it was FABULOUS!
Thanks for sharing!!! I will definitely be making this again and again!


Lisa March 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm

This was so good! When I was a kid I loved cheeseburger macaroni night. But ours came from a box. This is so much better it’s unbelievable! It got two thumbs up from the hubby too.


Katherine March 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm



what katie's baking March 29, 2011 at 12:42 am

ooh myy goosh.
so much better than the boxed crap. amazing!


Sue Bailey March 29, 2011 at 10:45 am

Needed to do a bit of modification with UK ingredients. This was delicious!


LeelaBijou March 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm

What a great recipe!!


Michele March 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Found this recipe on Stumbleupon, and made it last night for dinner. We altered the recipe a bit by using Ground Chicken and Chicken Stock and then we added some chopped garlic and onions and used Rotel Original and Spicy Taco Seasoning. It had a great kick and was really delicious! Thank you!


Catherine March 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm

JUST finished eating this, it was a HUGE hit with our family :)(one son had 3!helpings!!! I had to mod a bit as I forgot to bring my pregnancy brain with me to the grocery store this morning…I ended up using Burrito mix, Almer’s Accents Chili style diced tomatoes, Roast Beef Au Jus from last night’s roast ;) and Kraft TexMex shredded cheese. Added Keg Cajun Seasoning instead of salt and some dried Chipotle pepper seasoning and a small bit of Frank’s Red Hot on my husband’s 2 servings of it lol
Thank you SO VERY much for the detailed pics of the Roux, it made it much easier to duplicate than reading a description in a book!!

SUPERB recipe for a family, great taste, budget-friendly, and a spin on an all time classic favorite for all :) The rich flavour made it easy to hide the fact that I used SMART fiber/whole grain pasta which the kids usually turn up their noses at ;)
Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!! For sharing, and all the work you put in this page for us readers ;)


Nichol March 29, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Oh yum. My husband will love this. Going to make this as soon as I get everything.


Sara Davis March 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I made this for my family last night…I have a 6 year old and 3 year old who are both super picky eaters…they loved it!! My 6 year old asked for seconds!! Thank you so much!


Stephanie Lugo March 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I Have to confess… I made it TWICE this week. It was fantastic! Thanks for a great recipe!!


James March 30, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I was skeptical about parts of this meal. I thought “there’s no way the roux is going to end up that creamy”. Apparently, I’ve never done it right. I admit it, I’ve never made a roux right until now. Now, for the changes I made to the recipe. First, I ended up getting about 1.6lbs of less lean beef, didn’t cook down as much as I’d hoped, so it was a bit more meaty than I imagined, but it worked. Second, our Ro*Tel was well beyond its expiry date (didn’t have a use for it before), so we ended up using plain diced tomatoes. Finally, instead of taco seasoning, I used some grilled steak seasoning, and it came out quite good. I used sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated (I’ve always found that the stuff in bags has issues with any kind of sauce or melting) and that sharpness shines through even in the final product, deliciously so.
I made this for myself and my parents, so I had to watch the salt, which is why I didn’t use the taco seasoning. One cup of broth and one cup of water drastically reduces the sodium, as well as using a different set of spices. Sadly, I couldn’t just dump in garlic and onion powder, because dad’s not a fan of the onion or the garlic.
All in all, a fantastic recipe. One of the best I’ve found, and will help me with my roux mixes in the future. Look out, alfredo, I’m fixing my recipe for you next.


cin February 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm

good to know someone has already tried the recipe with plain diced tomatoes as my pantry is lacking the kind with chili.

thanks for sharing!

Sheryl March 31, 2011 at 9:18 am

I made this recipe the other night and I loved it!! It reminds me of a spicier version of cheeseburger Hamburger Helper, but I like knowing that it didn’t come from a box. It was a little too spicy for my husband’s taste, but it was right up my alley and I’ll definitely be making it again! I also was surprised at how easy it is to make the roux- I’ve never done it before and after learning how I’m excited to use the technique in other dishes. Thanks Amanda!


staci March 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Great Recipe!! I made thi for dinner tonight. I loved that I already had everything to make it. Thank you, Amanda!


Jessica B April 1, 2011 at 6:57 am

Tried this last night and it was a a hit! Loved how quick and easy it was. Thanks for sharing Amanda. :)


Kim April 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm

This is my new favorite meal!! Love this!!!! I am going to make a double batch and keep some in the freezer for anytime I feel like having some. I used shells and it came out ok, can’t wait to make it again! :) Thanks so much for a yummy easy recipe!!


Pamela April 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I made a huge batch of this for our family and guests, and it was a huge hit! We used cheddar and colby jack cheeses and it was fantastic! Thanks for the recipe!


Jessica April 2, 2011 at 10:01 am

Firstly, this looks wonderful! Secondly, WAR EAGLE!!


dom April 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

Just stumbled upon this page via SU – fantastic I love your step by step graphics for cooking this dish – looks pretty darn tasty

One to give a go – You may want to think about doing a video for this that would be great. Cheers – nice recipe.


Sherry April 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

JUST FINISHED EATING THIS for dinner and it was excellent! I’m not even joking when I say that my husband and myself had thirds (that NEVER happens!). My 2 yr old liked it as did my 10 month old, although it was a tad spicy so he didn’t eat a ton. Thanks so much for posting your recipes (I also made the shrimp pasta last week and it was also great), we are always trying new ones out to add to our monthly rotation.


Amanda April 4, 2011 at 6:36 am

I have to try this, sounds so comforting! :)


Chantelle April 4, 2011 at 10:04 am

oh. my. word. this will be wednesday’s grand finale. thanks for the inspiration!


Tristen April 7, 2011 at 6:15 am

Oh my goodness that looks possitively scrumptious! My mouth is watering at this moment. very great!


Nicole April 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Okay I made this the other night and OMG sooooo Gooooood! I love your website and I make a few things from it each week…especially the creamy alfredo (except I used grilled chicken), that is by far my favorite. I can’t wait till the next recipe you share!


Danami April 9, 2011 at 2:11 am

aww man this looks so good!


Kelsey April 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm

delicious! thanks for the new dinner recipe! very easy too. love it :)


Kelsey April 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm

forgot to mention – i used ground turkey instead and it was just as yummy.


Twyla April 11, 2011 at 9:13 pm

My daughter does not eat tomatoes; but this, she wants to try.


Leah April 12, 2011 at 7:50 am

We made this last night and it was awesome!! I have a feeling it will be made plenty of times in the future. :)

*Also, I was at the grocery store (Publix) on Saturday and I spotted these chocolate filled cookies! Reminded me of a post you had last year around Christmas. The cookies are called Milano Melts, I don’t know if they’ll measure up to your mystery cookies, but I love them!


Stephanie April 14, 2011 at 12:34 am

I made this tonight for myself, my husband and my brother and sister-in-law and everyone loved it! Not too hard to make and tasty! Thank you for sharing :)


Richard April 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

How much is in a can of Rotel tomatoes? for those of us not in the US… :)


Jason April 16, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Much better than Haburger Helper.


August Jenifer April 17, 2011 at 2:10 am

And this too! <3 yummmmmmm


JJ April 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I made this last night and it was SUPER SPICY!! I don’t know why!! I had mild taco seasoning and mild Rotel with green chilies. Next time I might make it a little different but overall we liked it.


Dawn Moore April 21, 2011 at 7:35 am

I made this on Tuesday and it was SCRUMPTIOUS!!! Thanks for sharing your awesome recipes!!


Lisa April 22, 2011 at 1:51 am

Hi Amanda!

I stumbled upon this recipe last week and knew I had to make it! :) Made it tonight and it was delish but not cheesy enough! Well, not for us anyway. Was it b/c I should have added more cheese or b/c I used reduced fat cheddar? Plus, we had a ton of beef broth left in the mixture. Was it due to the beef? I used 80% lean. Apologies in advance for the q’s. Newb here. ;)


Chellie B April 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Winner! I have kids with the most sensitive taste buds ever. Even ketchup is spicy for them. They turn their little noses up at home made mac ‘n cheese all the time. But this dish was a total hit! They each downed two helpings and asked for more. Thank you!!


Clinton May 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm

WOWZERS! This recipe looks like the perfect complement for watching the big game on the weekend – With an ice cold brew. :)


Eerie May 6, 2011 at 12:01 am

I’ve just bought the ingredients needed, except I am using some salsa instead of Rotel as we do not have that in regular supermarkets of Australia.

I’ll be letting my 8 year old son try this recipe out, it seems simple enough for anyone!


Cindy May 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Going to give it a try for dinner. Love the simple ingredient list, always have that stuff handy.


Lozza Mc May 22, 2011 at 7:15 am

I just whipped this up for me and my boys for lunch, and it was a Huge Success. It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction.

So gonna add this to our normal meal rotations. Thanks.


Elizabeth May 24, 2011 at 11:46 am

I made this last night, it was great! Substituted ground turkey for beef, used whole wheat pasta, and low fat cheese. Thanks for the recipe!


Keri June 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I tried this the other night. I told my husband it was the alternative to Hamburger Helper. He absolutely loved it and has forbid me to make boxed hamburger helper ever again. It was amazing!!


Jennifer June 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I’m a brand new wife and was looking for some quick dinner receipts to try. This is the first meal I ever cooked for my husband. He loved it! Thank you!


katrenia.rhoton June 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I have had a recipe for cheeseburger macaroni that I have used for years…just threw it away!!! This is absolutely delish!!!


boogie June 17, 2011 at 1:51 am

definitely gonna make this. i’m salivating & it’s midnight!!!


Krissyp June 17, 2011 at 7:13 am

This looks so good. I love that you didn’t use any powder packets filled with MSG! Can’t wait to try this : )


Ashley June 17, 2011 at 7:37 am

This looks delicious and I love that it’s a quick dinner! Thanks for sharing! :)


Linda @ Lemon Drop June 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm

wow,this looks easy and delicious. What size can of diced tomatoes should I purchase? thx!
Linda @ Lemon Drop


Nick June 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Nothing hits the spot like good old comfort food. Love the recipe for this, I’d probably only change it up a little. Maybe add some spicy jack cheese and red pepper. Kick it up a notch and it would be perfect!


Katie June 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I need this in my life.


Jen H June 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm

This recipe is making me so sad I can’t find Rotel in Toronto! I’m sure I can make it work with something I can find here, but Rotel it really the best! Thanks so much for sharing, even if I am drooling and wondering how I can make this :)


Tasha B June 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I used a regular can of diced tomatoes and then used a couple of tablespoons of salsa (it was one we got from the farmers market and it was full of fresh peppers, onions, cilantro, and jalapenos with a splash of lime juice) but I’m sure that a good quality salsa from the supermarket would work too … we dont get Rotel here in Vancouver either.

Tasha B June 18, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I made this lastnight and it was a hit! I did not have the rotel tomatoes (we dont have them here in Vancouver BC) so I used regular diced tomatoes and to get the kick of the chilies I used a couple of tablespoons of salsa. It was so good! next time I will make some side veggies or a big salad to go with it. Thanks for sharing this one.


Jenn June 19, 2011 at 12:02 am

I made this, except I used ground turkey, and I LOVED it. So cheesy and amazing. The Rotel adds such a nice flavor too. Great photos.


jeNNY June 30, 2011 at 8:09 pm

um.. that looks FREAKING AMAZING ..!!!


Itlitzabete June 30, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I’m new to cooking and I made this tonight for my parents for dinner and I just wanted to let you know that it was a HUGE hit! What a boost to my kitchen confidence :) Thank you for sharing, I will definitely be making this again and again.


Heather July 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Literally just made this, and it’s great! I slimmed it down by using turkey meat, skim milk, and 2% cheese and it still tastes delish. I wanted an alternative to Hamburger Helper, and this is MUCH better! Thanks!


Sabrina July 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I was looking for something new to make for dinner, so I came across your website and asked my husband to pick his dinner for tonight. We happened to have a can of diced tomatoes on hand and some leftover ground beef and shredded cheese, so he chose this recipe. I was skeptical at first because it looked soupy and runny in the picture. I thought it would just be okay. To my surprise, it came out creamy and thick and absolutely delicious! My husband and I had 2 big bowls each and wanted more, but we wanted to save some for leftovers tomorrow! It made my house smell so fragrant and aromatic! Even without the cheese, I could eat it as is… just like a chilli mac! Yumm!!! But my hubby prefers the cheese! I was worried the cheese sauce didn’t turn out right because it came out more like Gak (remember Gak?) or slime, but I added a touch more of milk and mixed with the mac/beef mixture and it turned out perfect! I don’t like spicy, so I used a can of regular plain diced tomatoes. There was still a kick to it from the taco seasoning, but I drank milk with my meal and I was fine! Not only was it easy to make, it was QUICK! Even on a hot summer day, I would eat this drenched in sweat and make it over and over again! =) It was delish! Thanks for the recipe!


April July 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I won’t buy hamburger helper so I was really excited to try this recipe. YUMMY…even the kids liked it although they did say like others have commented that it was spicy. I bought original Rotel because I didn’t realize they had a Mild Rotel so that’s probably why, I just assumed original was mild. But it was just the right amount of spice for me and my husband. Thanks for the great recipe!


Leanne July 28, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Yummy! Thanks for helping me continue my quest away from boxed foods heavy with preservatives! This was delicious just as written!
Thanks again.


dandra steber July 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm

everybody lovvvvveeee this…homemade hamburger helper much cheaper tastes better kids fav!! thanks for this great idea!! i just love your site!!!


Barbara August 4, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I tried this recipe tonight for the first time. Let me say this…..this is not like Hamburger Helper in any way except for maybe how it looks. It’s way more tasty and delicious! I was prepared to be disappointed for like so many recipes I try after reading all the positive reviews, I’m expecting the best. Most of the time they’re not even close to being good at all. This recipe didn’t disappoint. Thanks for sharing!


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