I LOVED Hamburger Helper growing up so I was super pumped to revisit this dish as an adult. I bought a box, prepared it, and was absolutely disappointed! Why didn’t my childhood favorite taste the same? Was it always this salty and otherwise bland? I was so devastated… It’s not their fault, my tastes have changed as I’ve aged and I’ve tried to stay away from boxed and frozen meals. Then I found this recipe on Pinterest and I am in love!! One pot dishes are always a winner, less dishes = more cuddles with my son before bedtime! It’s just as delicious as a leftover meal as well!
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 2 cups water
- 8 oz. elbow macaroni (uncooked)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp packed brown sugar
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 (15 oz) tomato sauce
- 8 oz. package of mexican cheese shreds
- salt & pepper to taste
-Heat oil in dutch oven . Add onion & ground beef.
-Mix in chili powder, cumin, & pepper. Cook until beef is browned.
-Add garlic & brown sugar. Cook for an additional 30 seconds-1 minute.
-Add water, dash of salt, & tomato sauce. Mix well then stir in pasta & cover.
-Increase heat to maintain a vigorous simmer (medium-medium/high heat).
-Cook until pasta is tender, about 9-12 minutes.
-Remove from heat & stir in 1 cup of cheese. Top with remaining cheese & serve.