Hamburger Helper was something that I enjoyed every once in a while when I was a kid. Now I can’t really stand it. That being said, I recently had a homemade Hamburger Helper recipe, and it was fantastic! It was one of the lasagna recipes, I think. I remember really enjoying the taco flavored Hamburger Helper when I was a kid. After having that comforting and tasty homemade Hamburger Helper version, I’m excited to try my hand at the taco flavors!
This is what I call trash food, but it’s not necessarily an insult to the food or cooking. It’s just something that I probably wouldn’t cook for anyone outside of the household because it’s not fancy enough. It’s delicious though, and you should absolutely try it out!
I always enjoyed the taco Hamburger Helper because it had macaroni noodles, and it tasted like something you’d get from Taco Bell. Yes, I love Taco Bell. That’s more of that trash food I was talking about. No shame… ok, just a little, haha. This is an easy 20-minute meal that you’re sure to love!
- large onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
- 1 cup SMOOTH salsa
- 1 cup Rotel Tomatoes
- 2 cups can water
- 2t cumin
- 2t chili powder
- 1t ground coriander
- 1/4t cayenne (OPTIONAL)
- 8 ounces elbow macaroni, uncooked
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown ground beef and onion.
- Add spices stirring to coat. Add water, salsa, tomatoes and pasta. Stir until well combined.
- Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Cook for 8-10 minutes, until the pasta is fully cooked.
- Stir in cheese until melted.
- Remove from heat and let stand for 2-3 minutes before serving.