Homemade Hamburger Helper

Cindy Minney


This is an easy quick meal to get together during the week. You can tweek it to your own liking for your family and it is way better than the store bought hamburger helper.

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10 Min


25 Min


Stove Top


1 lb
ground beef (if you want a lighter version, you could use ground chicken or ground turkey)
1 tsp
1 tsp
1 clove
garlic or could use 1 tsp garlic powder
1 medium
1 can(s)
rotel tomatoes
1 lb
velveeta cheese
8 oz
elbow macaroni, cooked and drained (do not overcook)

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large pot bring water to a boil and add elbow macaroni, follow cooking instructions on box for al denti pasta (do not overcook, macaroni will cook longer when added to meat sauce)
In a large skillet, brown ground beef, drain, add chopped onion and cook till onion is tender. Add salt, pepper and garlic to pan, cook for one minute and then add your can of rotel tomatoes, juice and all (if you do not like spice of any kind add a can of chopped tomatoes)
After elbow macaroni is done, drain and add to meat mixture, chop velveeta and add to pan and stir till melted.
You can make this your own by adding chopped bell pepper at the same time you cook the onion, also you can add frozen peas or frozen mixed veggies at the end when you add the cheese to get the veggies in.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy