Recipe #54: Cheeseburger Macaroni

I love the recipes on Kevin and Amanda. I almost always have all the ingredients on hand, plus most of the recipes are comfort foods – foods that remind me of something my mom or grandma would have made at some time. Because I’m moving I’ve been trying to make a dent in my pantry and this recipe used up a few things I had been waiting to use with just the right recipe.



  • 1 lb lean hamburger meat
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies (or petite diced tomatoes)
  • 2 cups beef broth (or water)
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni

Cheese Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Preparation Instructions

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.

Prepare the cheese sauce while the meat simmers. 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.

This tasted a lot like Hamburger Helper but with some kick. It was spicier than I imagined it would be, but it was still really good. It would have tasted great with a little dollop of sour cream on top too!

Is this a repeat recipe? Yes!

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