This delicious, cheesy Homemade Hamburger Helper is one of our favorite easy ground beef recipes for dinner. It’s warm, hearty and so easy to make in less than 20 minutes. You only need a few ingredients!
How to Make Homemade Hamburger Helper
This Homemade Hamburger Helper is one of our favorite hamburger recipes. Start with one pound of lean hamburger meat, browned and drained, and add one package of taco seasoning.
Next add one can of Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles. You can also just use a can of petite diced tomatoes.
You don’t even have to drain the tomatoes first! Tomatoes are one of our favorite additions to ground beef recipes.
Next add two cups of beef broth. You can also just use water if you don’t have any beef broth.
And one cup of elbow macaroni. You don’t even have to boil the noodles first.
Stir everything combine and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 12-14 minutes until the macaroni is tender.
Cheese Sauce for Homemade Hamburger Helper
While that’s simmering, 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 fragrant and light brown in color, about 5 minutes.
Whisk in 3/4 cup of milk.
And bring the sauce to a boil, and whisk until smooth and thickened.
Remove the saucepan from the heat, and add 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
Whisk until melted and season with salt and pepper.
I like using this seasoned salt and pepper, but you could definitely use regular salt and pepper.
Here’s what our Homemade Hamburger Helper looks like after 12-14 minutes. Don’t worry if all the liquid has not been absorbed yet.
Add the cheese sauce and stir gently to combine.
That’s it!! This Homemade Hamburger Helper is hands down one of our favorite easy ground beef recipes. It’s perfect for quick and easy weeknight dinners!