Rose Mary Mogan


What ever you choose to call this dish, it is all of that & then some. In sticking with my goal to cleanout the pantry & freezer, I decided to make an enhanced over the top version of Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper.

Adding all the things you find in or on a Cheeseburger, Onions garlic, peppers, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes & a variety of cheeses.

My husband suggested the name LOADED, & I added OVER THE TOP, because for me it was the best Cheeseburger Helper I have ever eaten or made. The best part is it was made with ingredients I already had on hand in the freezer & Pantry. It was great.

★★★★★ 1 vote
8 or more depending on portion sizes
20 Min
40 Min
Stove Top


6-8 clove
fresh garlic, minced
1 large
onion, chopped
1 large
green bell pepper, chopped)
mini sweet peppers, assorted colors, chopped
8 oz
canned sliced mushrooms, drained
8 slice
bacon, cooked till crisp & crumbled, reserve drippings
3 lb
lean ground beef
2 c
sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 c
mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 c
mild cheddar cheese (or more if desired)
4 oz
pepper jack cheese, cubed
2 can(s)
diced tomatoes (15 1/2 oz can) well drained
3 box
hamburger helper (cheeseburger flavored)
3 c
hot water
6 c
1 Tbsp
ground cumin
1 1/2-2 Tbsp
chopped chive, dried
pouches of cheeseburger seasoning packets


1I used a 16 inch skillet. Cook bacon in large skillet till crisp, crumble and set aside. But reserve the bacon drippings.
2Chop onion, bell pepper, and sweet peppers, and sauté in bacon drippings till transparent. Add mince garlic, and stir to blend.
3Add drained sliced mushrooms and drained diced tomatoes. Cook for about 3 minutes or so just to blend all the flavors together. Then remove vegetables from skillet, and set aside till needed.
4Add ground beef to skillet and cook till no pink remains. Break up beef in skillet using a wooden spoon, when done drain and remove any excess fat accumulation.
5Then put back into skillet and add the cumin, and stir to blend..
6Add Hot water, milk, and seasoning packets. Stir to mix together.
7Add macaroni, and heat till mixture comes to a boil. Stirring occasionally. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally till pasta is tender.
8Next add the sautéed mixed veggies back into the skillet, stir to blend together. Add 2 cups of mozzarella, and the 2 cups of sharp cheddar, and stir to blend together and cheese begins to melt. Add the chopped chive.
9Top with remaining shredded cheddar cheese, and crumbled bacon. Add more chopped chive if desired. Cover skillet with tight fitting lid, till cheese on top melts.
10Serve with tossed salad if desired, and your favorite dinner rolls or bread sticks. Enjoy, and be prepared to serve seconds.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American