1 lb Ground Beef
1 Pkg Taco Seasoning
1 Can Rotel (or diced tomatoes)
2 Cups Beef Broth (or water)
1 Cup Elbow Macaroni
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Flour
3/4 Cup Milk
1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
Brown and drain hamburger meat. Stir in taco seasoning, Rotel, beef broth, and macaroni. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and cover pan. Simmer 12-14 mins until macaroni is tender.
Meanwhile, make the cheese sauce….
Melt the butter in a saucepan. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking for 5 minutes until fragrant and light brown in color. Whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Whisk until smooth and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Add the salt and pepper to the cheese sauce. Pour the cheese sauce over the hamburger mixture. Stir gently to combine.
This is like hamburger helper, but way better. Plus, it’s easy to make. I used water instead of beef broth (because I forgot to buy it), and it was very good. The Rotel gives it a little spiciness, but it’s not over the top. You could also substitute pepper jack cheese for cheddar if you want some extra bite.