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Cheeseburger Mac

Cheeseburger Mac recipe just like the box only healthier and more budget friendly!

I finally got around to making this, like I promised. It is incredibly easy and tastes just like the Hamburger Helper one. This one is, by far, healthier and makes a ton more than that little box. You get a lot of leftovers, a happy tummy, and it’s all on the table in about 20 minutes!


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 cups elbow pasta
  • 1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 pack of taco seasoning
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup milk


  1. In a pan, on medium high heat, brown the ground beef. When finished cooking, drain the beef of liquids.
  2. Put back on heat and add the taco seasoning. Stir until well-mixed in.
  3. Add in the Rotel can (you don’t need to drain it) and the beef stock.
  4. Lastly, add in the pasta and let cook for 12-14 minutes.
  5. Prepare the cheese sauce when there’s 5 minutes left of cooking for the pasta, otherwise, your cheese mixture might harden and not be as easy to pour/fold in.
  6. In a separate skillet, on a medium heat, melt the butter and whisk in the flour, making sure it doesn’t clump.
  7. After about 3-4 minutes, add in the milk and keep whisking on medium high heat until it thickens.
  8. Take off heat and fold in the cheese until it’s all melted with a smooth and creamy texture.
  9. When the pasta is done and all the liquid is absorbed, pour in the cheese mixture and stir, combining everything. Make sure the cheese sauce coats everything.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

Adapted from: Kevin & Amanda


  1. Janice Hertlein
    04/08/2013 at 9:33 am

    Hi there,
    This looks so yummy! Just a question for you if you don’t mind? What size can of tomatoes does it require..28 oz? Thanks in advance.


    • 04/08/2013 at 9:47 am

      Hi Janice, I believe I used a 10 oz. can.


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