Tuesday, July 3, 2012

DIY Chili Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper

DIY Chili Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper
from chickensintheroad.com

1 Tablespoon Corn Starch
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Small Pasta, Such as Shells
1 Pound Ground Beef
2 1/4 Cups Water
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup of Veggies, Such as Canned Tomatoes or Green Peppers (Optional)

Mix together corn starch, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and sugar.  Can premix spices and store with pasta to use for a later time.  In a skillet, brown ground beef.  Add water and milk to beef and bring to a boil.  Add pasta, spices, and veggies, if desired.  Cover and simmer for about 12 minutes until pasta is tender.  In the last few minutes of cooking, add cheese and cover the pot again.  When the pasta is tender and the cheese is melted, uncover and take off the heat and let stand for a few minutes so the sauce will continue to thicken.

When M and I were still in school and newly married we ate a lot of hamburger helper.  It was simple and convenient after a long day of school and work.  However, I wasn't a big fan of all the preservatives that go in there.  Now, I know that this isn't super healthy either, but it is good comfort food and very convenient on those busy days.  If you would like to check out other varieties, go to the link above, she's got every kind of DIY HH imaginable!

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