DIY Hamburger Helper

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Need an easy one-pot meal but you’re all out of hamburger helper? You don’t have to have a prepackaged meal kit to make a quick and easy supper. Here’s three of my favorite boxed meals…unboxed!

Taco Rice

You will need

1 pound of ground beef

2 1/2 cups of water

1 cup of white rice

1 taco seasoning pouch

Salsa and shredded cheese to taste

Cook ground beef and drain. Add water, rice, and taco seasoning. Stir until seasoning is dissolved and bring water to a boil. Cover and turn heat down to a simmer. Stir occasionally until most of the water is absorbed and rice is tender, about 20 minutes. If rice is not tender enough, add a little more water and continue cooking until rice is desired consistency. Sprinkle cheese and salsa over the top and serve with tortilla chips and salad.

Cheesy Macaroni

You will need

1 pound of ground beef

3 cups of water

1 1/2 cups of elbow macaroni

1 15 ounce jar of queso

Chopped tomatoes

Cook ground beef and drain. Add water and macaroni. Bring to a boil, cover and turn heat down to a simmer. Once most of the water is absorbed and macaroni is tender, remove pot from heat, and immediately stir in queso. Sprinkle chopped tomatoes over the top. Goes great with cucumber salad.

Budget-friendly alternative

While this version does require a boxed mac and cheese, it does not have to be the meal version, and it is less expensive than a jar of queso. Plus, chances are you already have mac and cheese in the house, I know it’s a staple at our house!

1 pound of ground beef

1 box of macaroni and cheese

Chopped tomatoes

Cook and drain ground beef. Add macaroni and follow box directions. Sprinkle tomatoes over the top. Serve with pickles.

Spaghetti

You will need

1 pound of ground beef

3 cups of water

1 package of fideo pasta (cut spaghetti)

1 12 ounce can of tomato paste

Favorite seasonings (I recommend salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dried onion)

Parmesan cheese

Cook and drain ground beef. Add water and tomato paste. Stir until tomato paste is smooth. Add pasta and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until the pasta is tender. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top. Serve with garlic bread.

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