Homemade version of Hamburger Helper® - just as easy and tastes so much better! You will need a large skillet with a tight fitting lid.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef, onion, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.

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  • Return skillet to burner over high heat. Add water; cover skillet and bring to a boil. Stir macaroni into the boiling water-ground beef mixture; cover and lower heat to medium. Cook, keeping covered, for 5 minutes. Stir, cover, and cook until macaroni is tender, about 5 more minutes.

  • Stir processed cheese food into ground beef-macaroni mixture until melted. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream.

Cook's Note:

For a Mexican version, add 1 tablespoon cumin and 2 teaspoons chili powder to the hamburger as its cooking. Serve with chopped lettuce, tomato, and salsa. If you're really in a hurry, can use dehydrated onion instead of fresh. Add more onion powder.

Nutrition Facts

449 calories; protein 28.2g 56% DV; carbohydrates 47.9g 15% DV; fat 15.4g 24% DV; cholesterol 60.7mg 20% DV; sodium 930.1mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2013
My step son begs for hamburger helper and we don't buy a lot of processed food.... So I made this with whole wheat noodles and "homemade velveeta" ( 8 oz American cheese, 4 oz cheddar and 1 1/2 cups milk), and he LOVED it! We had leftovers and ate it the next day, and it tasted even better! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/08/2015
If you haven't had Velvetta in 20 years - skip this recipe - you won't enjoy being reintroduced. I was looking for an easy comfort food dish, and saw the 5 stars so I thought I would try this. I always make something exact to the recipe the first time and then on the second add my own spin. Not using Velveeta and making my own cheese sauce might make it better. Read More
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126 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 70
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2013
My step son begs for hamburger helper and we don't buy a lot of processed food.... So I made this with whole wheat noodles and "homemade velveeta" ( 8 oz American cheese, 4 oz cheddar and 1 1/2 cups milk), and he LOVED it! We had leftovers and ate it the next day, and it tasted even better! Read More
(111)
Rating: 2 stars
01/07/2015
If you haven't had Velvetta in 20 years - skip this recipe - you won't enjoy being reintroduced. I was looking for an easy comfort food dish, and saw the 5 stars so I thought I would try this. I always make something exact to the recipe the first time and then on the second add my own spin. Not using Velveeta and making my own cheese sauce might make it better. Read More
(32)
Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2013
I gave it 5 stars only because its very good for what it is.. a mac n cheese dish. It is quick, easy and inexpensive and the kids love it. If judged against all foods I'd give it a 3. Only change to the recipe was that I only had 1 and 1/2 cups of macaroni so I reduced the water to 1 and 1/2 cups as well. Came out great. Loved the one pot deal. My grandson loved it. All was well with the world. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2013
This turned out amazing! I followed the recipe exactly & my family devoured it! I will definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/17/2013
This recipe has great potential but needs just a few minor changes. I used V8 juice for most of the water (2 small cans plus the water to make 2 cups). I did not use 8 ounces of cheese - I think that would be way overkill. I probably used about 4 ounces. I don't know that the sour cream added anything. I added a few red pepper flakes to my own portion to add some slight heat. Overall this is satisfying comfort food and can be changed to personal preferences. Thanks! Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
10/14/2016
i was looking for a homemade hamburger helper and came across this recipe. i used it as a start because i did make some changes but my family loved it. I used 1 lb of ground organic turkey 2 tsp of both garlic and onion powder one qtr onion 1cup milk and 1cup water and about 2.5 cups rotini since i did not have elbows. i also omitted sour cream since i did not have. i used mozzarella but not a full 8 oz. it was really good and a great alternate to the box. will def make again and would prob add a veggi like broccoli. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2016
I'd rather dirty a skillet and my pasta pot and get it in half the time. Cook your pasta while you are browning your meat and seasonings. Drain the cooked pasta then add it to the meat mixture. I'm not a fan of Velveeta so I used Asadero and cheddar (about half/half in portion). I did not add minced onion I used french onion dip instead of sour cream at the end. Easy and quick. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/21/2016
Higher mark for quickness and ease. I upped the flavor by using tomato sauce in place of water and a mixture of cheeses, mosteralla, cheddar and pepper jack. Also wheat elbow macaroni. Could still taste better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2016
Yeah, I've made this for years, but for my taste, I always add chili powder to it...hence, chili mac! Read More
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