20-Minute Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe Will Make You Toss the Box by 30Seconds Food

20-Minute Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe Will Make You Toss the Box

You know what chili mac box we're talking about. Not knocking it, but if you can make this easy homemade chili mac recipe almost as fast, why do you need help from a box? Think about it. After you make this simple, budget-friendly ground beef recipe once, we bet you'll never go back to the box. And you'll be chillin' with a big bowl of it in about 20 minutes.

The simple cheeseburger macaroni recipe is made with ground beef, onion, garlic, chili powder, ground cumin, brown sugar, tomato sauce, elbow macaroni and shredded cheddar cheese. The ground beef is cooked with the onion, garlic, chili powder and ground cumin in a skillet until cooked through. Water, brown sugar and tomato sauce are added, then comes the pasta. Cook until the pasta is tender, then add half of the cheese. Stir until melted and add the remaining cheese on top. Done!

Serve this budget dinner with a fresh vegetable or salad for a complete meal. Reheat the leftovers for lunch the next day.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the ground beef along with the onion, garlic, chili powder and cumin in a skillet until meat is browned. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. 
  2. Add the water, brown sugar and tomato sauce. Stir to combine. Add the pasta, stir, cover and cook until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes. 
  3. When pasta is tender, stir in 1 cup of the cheese until melted. Top with the remaining cheese and cover until melted. Garnish with the parsley before serving. 

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Recipe Notes

  • Try this recipe with ground turkey or ground chicken instead of beef.
  • Freshly grated cheese melts better than pre-shredded bagged cheese. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 724

Total Fat: 22.3g

Saturated Fat: 12.9g

Cholesterol: 82mg

Sodium: 514mg

Total Carbohydrate: 91.9g

Dietary Fiber: 4.9g

Total Sugars: 6.3g

Protein: 37.5g

Vitamin D: 7mcg

Calcium: 453mg

Iron: 10mg

Potassium: 564mg

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Julie Rose
This brings me hack to my childhood. Yummy! 😋
Elisa Schmitz
Comfort food at its finest. Looks easy and delicious!
Sometimes simple is best.
Hah! I lucked out & bought a BUNCH of lean ground beef yesterday, when it was on sale for $3.47/# CAD. Think I'll set a package aside for this, once I break them down to 1# packs. Looks like great comfort food!

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