Chili Macaroni Hamburger Helper

00086-img_0208Chili Macaroni Hamburger Helper
adapted from Iowa Girl Eats


1 lb lean ground beef (or venison or turkey)
Salt and pepper
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 15-ounce can petite diced tomatoes
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained & rinsed
4 cups stock or water
1 tablespoon chili powder (I used New Mexican)
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon hot smoked paprika
1 tablespoon dried oregano (I used Mexican oregano)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups (8 ounces) elbow macaroni, dry

Optional toppings: shredded cheese, green onions, crushed tortilla chips, corn chips, hot sauce


Season the ground beef with salt and pepper. Add the beef, onion, and garlic to a very large skillet over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking the meat into chunks, until no longer pink.

Add petite diced tomatoes, tomato paste, kidney beans, stock (or water) and spices. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then add macaroni. Cover with a tight fitting lid and cook for 5-7 minutes or until noodles are just barely al dente (do not overcook,), stirring once to make sure nothing is sticking. Remove cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer for another 5 minutes to thicken before serving.

Serve with optional toppings as desired.


Another weeknight one-pot dish from me! SHOCKING!

This meal freaking rocked. Steve declared it amazing and said I should make it every week. It is a stellar, far superior versions of the boxed meal this resemble. MAKE IT. Your family will be happy. You will be happy. Promise.

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15 thoughts on “Chili Macaroni Hamburger Helper

  1. I was interested in this, but at first glance it seemed too similar to the cheeseburger macaroni. Not so? I mean, obviously it has beans, and cumin, and powder, and… okay, never mind. I see how different it is now. Duh.


  2. Nik, thank you so much for the feedback! It means a lot to me, especially when I can get people cooking these repeatable “weeknight” recipes. YAY! πŸ™‚


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