As you probably know by now, I love being in my kitchen. I find it soothing and relaxing. As much as I love cooking as many things as I can from scratch, let’s be realistic. Sometimes there is no time for all that. Believe it or not I am a fan of all things Hamburger Helper. My favorite store often runs a special sale of 10 boxes for $10 and I stock up to have on hand when the family needs to eat and I’m out of time or energy and I’m in no mood for fast food.
I almost always have at least 4 boxes at the ready. Last week, I went through my normal routine. Decided at the last minute to defrost hamburger and got back to adulting. It’s time to start dinner and the spot where the Helper lives was empty. Ok, I thought, let’s check the overflow pantry shelves. Alas, no Helper. I could have gone with burgers but I really didn’t want that either. I looked in my fridge, more than once, trying to come up with something and nothing spoke to me. Well, one of my tiny humans was speaking to me about what’s for dinner over and over and I had to just start creating something. I spotted a box of macaroni and cheese and decided to try my hand at coming up with my own “Helper”.
When I started the dish it was just to get something hot and nutritious into my sons’ bellies. Halfway through the process, I realized this dish was blog worthy. After his first helping, my eldest asked me if I would make it more often. I think we have a winner!
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Chili Cheese Mac
Not quite a one-pot meal. A DIY helper meal.
- 1 lb ground chuck beef
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1 10 oz can Ro-tel diced tomatoes with chilies
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1 tbsp ketchup
- 1 14 oz box macaroni and cheese , prepared
- salt and pepper
- shredded cheddar
Brown beef and onions, drain off grease and return to pot.
Add tomatoes, sauce, chili powder, paprika, and ketchup. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Add prepared macaroni and cheese to the chili and heat through.
Serve with shredded cheddar and parsley.