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Sure, you can grab a box of Hamburger Helper from the store and make up a batch of stick-to-your-ribs pasta and burger. It’s the perfect one-dish meal. Or you could make this copycat Chili Cheese Hamburger Helper and do what I did: add more cheese! Ok, no, you don’t have to add more cheese. But you could. Ah, the joys of cooking at home, specially when it’s cold out and you need something to warm you up. This dish fits the bill perfectly.
It really can’t get much easier than this copycat Chili Cheese Hamburger Helper. I’ve been known to change it up a bit sometimes. You definitely don’t have to use elbow macaroni, though it is the classic ingredient for sure. Pepper jack cheese makes for a nice change instead of cheddar. A little kick never hurt anyone. Ground turkey or chicken instead of beef are winners, too! So go crazy with it!
Just make sure you do drain the beef (or whatever protein you use) well before adding the rest of the ingredients.
Copycat Chili Cheese Hamburger Helper
- Brown the ground beef in a large skillet, breaking it into small pieces as it cooks.
- Drain off any excess fat.
- Stir in ALL of the remaining ingredients EXCEPT for the cheese.
- Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Cover and continue simmering for 12-15 minutes, stirring often, until the pasta is tender.
- Add the cheese and stir until melted.
- Turn off heat and let dish sit uncovered for 5 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it rests.
- Serve immediately.
Nutritional values are approximate.