Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Chili Cheese Hamburger Helper Hack



I found this at Chickens in The Road. She has a lot of hacks for Hamburger Helpers and other boxed mixes that you can make more tasty and better for you at home.


How to make Homemade Chili Cheese Hamburger Helper:

1 pound ground beef
1 cup hot water
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Brown ground beef in a large skillet; drain.

Add hot water….
….milk….
….pasta….
….and your homemade sauce packet (corn starch, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, sugar, and paprika).

Bring to a boil.

Cover and simmer on low about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender.

In the last few minutes of cook time, stir in the cheese; cover the pot again for the final few minutes of cook time.

When the pasta is tender and the cheese is melted, turn off heat and uncover. Let mixture stand, uncovered, about five minutes. It will continue to thicken as it stands.





Thrive Food Storage Version:

2 c beef crumbles

4 c Water + more if too thick
3 T FD Powdered Milk (or 2 T Instant Milk)

1 1/2 c Elbow Macoroni
(I like to add 1 cube Knorr Beef Bouillion)

1 T Cornstarch
1 T Chili Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Salt (I omit as there is enough salt in the cheese)
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Paprika
1 c Cheddar Cheese (rehydrated) (1/4 c cold water + 1 c Cheddar Cheese Shreds incorporate and let sit for several hours or overnight)


Dump Beef Crumbles, Milk, Macoroni and bouillion into pan.  Add water….
….and your homemade sauce packet (corn starch, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, sugar, and paprika).

Bring to a boil.

Cover and simmer on low about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender.

In the last few minutes of cook time, stir in the cheese; cover the pot again for the final few minutes of cook time.

When the pasta is tender and the cheese is melted, turn off heat and uncover. Let mixture stand, uncovered, about five minutes. It will continue to thicken as it stands.