Kid-Approved Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese with Beef make for the perfect combination and filling meal. A kids classic turns into a culinary masterpiece that everybody is going to love.
Add a little kick and a little flavor to it and you have yourself the perfect dinner for the pickiest eaters.
I found this macaroni and cheese recipe over at Kevin & Amanda and it has quickly become one of our family’s favorite meals- mostly because my kids devour it. It is easy to prepare- only takes about 20 minutes- and tastes amazing.
Want to try another family favorite? Check out our popular Instant Pot Creamy Macaroni and Cheese!
How to Brown Ground Beef
When purchasing ground beef, it’s important to understand that a higher fat to meat ratio means the meat is going to shrink up a little more as it cooks.
The store sells the higher fat beef cheaper and this may seem like the more budget-friendly option, but you are also getting less beef out of it. Either way, you get what you pay for.
When browning ground beef, you will want to use a nonstick skillet or spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add the uncooked beef to the pan and cook over medium-high heat.
Use a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula to evenly break up the meat as it cooks. You could also use a spatula to break of the meat into small, evenly sized, pieces.
Cook until there is no pink left in the meat. Browning ground beef usually takes about 10-15 minutes.
How to tame the spice in this cheeseburger Macaroni
Depending on the taco seasoning and the green chiles you buy, this could get a little spicy. We have found that to cool the spice, we mix in a little sour cream.
If you are looking for a healthier alternative, you could also use Greek yogurt.
adjusting this Macaroni and cheese recipe for Tomato haters
If you have a few family members that don’t particularly love tomatoes, you could blend them up or use a little tomato sauce. We recommend using sauce because it comes a little more flavored and salted than paste.
You could also use a little marinara sauce. However, changing up the ingredients might effect the consistency. We recommend adding extra noodles or meat when leaving out the tomatoes and using a tomato substitute.
Related recipe: If you love our cheeseburger macaroni, you’ll love our Ground beef and macaroni tomato soup!
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