Copycat Chili Cheese Hamburger Helper

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.

Copycat Chili Cheese Hamburger Helper

It’s Easy. And Changeable.

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!

Drain Well For Best Results

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
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Copycat Chili Cheese Hamburger Helper

Hearty and easy.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, copcyat, pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 346kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 463mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 546IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Corn

One of my favorite things to do in the summer (around July 4th here in Indiana) is to buy a lot of sweet corn and put it up for the winter. I do mean a lot of sweet corn. For the two of us that often means 100-150 ears at once. It’s a good day’s work, but well worth it later in the year, specially when I can use it to make great-tasting dishes like this slow cooker chili cheese corn. I really enjoy cooking corn in the slow cooker. The corn keeps it’s light crunch, and all of the sweetness. Add a bit of roasted green chiles and cream cheese and you have a truly fantastic side dish.

Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Corn

Adjusting The Spiciness

For a little more kick, use diced roasted jalapenos instead when you make this slow cooker chili cheese corn. Or for less kick, roast a poblano (or even green bell pepper) under your broiler until blackened, then remove the burnt skin, seeds and chop. For no kick, use a green or red bell pepper. You’ll still at least get some color and pepper flavor. No matter what you use, it’ll add a nice contrast to the sweetness and creaminess of the corn.

Also try my coyote sweet corn.

Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Corn
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Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Corn

 I really enjoy cooking corn in the slow cooker. The corn keeps it’s light crunch, and all of the sweetness. Add a bit of roasted green chiles and cream cheese and you have a truly fantastic side dish.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword corn, crockpot, slow cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 104kcal
Author Mike

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into the slow cooker in the order listed.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally, until the cheese has melted.

Nutrition

Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.