Cheezy Taco Mac

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I’ll admit it.

I love Hamburger Helper.

There. I said it.

But I haven’t had it in years! Years, I tell you! But there is something about that salty, cheesy goodness that I just couldn’t get enough of in college. I was obsessed with their stroganoff and chili mac flavors. 5 servings per box? Yeah right. Try 2. On a good day. Maybe.

I’ve come a long way since the days of meals out of a box, cooked in a dated, ill equipped kitchen but I can’t help but crave it every now and then. But now that I’m off the cheese, the wheat, and the beef, I know I’d be in a world of hurt for days to come if I succumbed to that cute, white, four fingered glove.

So what’s a girl to do? Well, make up your own Hamburger Helper wanna-be recipe, dammit! Just be warned. You’ll want seconds.

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Leah’s Cheezy Taco Mac

Meat Mix:

1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Pace Picante Salsa

8 oz gluten-free pasta (I used brown rice penne)

1 cup nutritional yeast
1 15-ounce can diced tomato, undrained
1 15-ounce can corn, drained and rinsed

Garnish with cilantro

Cook noodles per package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat and sauté onion, garlic, and ground turkey. Once cooked through, drain off any liquid. Stir in peppers, spices and salsa.

Stir in hot pasta, tomatoes, corn, and nutritional yeast and slowly add pasta water, a quarter cup at a time, until yeast is dissolved and desired consistency reached.

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17 Responses

  1. YAYYYYYYYY! There is another person in the world who isn’t afraid to admit they like Hamburger Helper! :) I’m right with ya! :) Reason number 1,400,234 I wish we lived closer ;)

  2. YUM I need this NOW. Right now.

  3. YUM!! I love hamburger helper too and have never really thought to recreate it at home! Looks awesome!

  4. Ohhh, great way to update and kick up Hamburger Helper! This looks really tasty!

  5. Nice! I am looking for some quick and easy pasta dishes as fall baseball practices have started for the Boy….this is perfect!

  6. I LOVE Hamburger Helper!!!! Taco and cheeseburger mac is my fav!!!! This looks great Leah!

  7. That looks delicious! I’ve also been trying to recreate dishes that I used to like from a box, but now with healthier and more natural ingredients. Sure it takes more time, but it also tastes a lot better :)

  8. I am so making this. It will be a nice change of pace from my usual tuna with mac n cheese ;)

  9. This looks great. I’ll definitely earn some points with the hubs when I make this. He LOVES hamburger helper and I used to buy it for him when we first moved in together, but it gave me killer migraines :) We don’t buy much from a box anymore these days, but I’m sure he misses this!

  10. Holy crap–looks so good!!!! Bookmarking and making ASAP

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  14. this looks so good! has anyone tried this w/ tempeh or another meat sub?

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