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Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe

Forget Hamburger Helper - this made-from-scratch Cheeseburger Macaroni is my kids' favorite meal. This macaroni and cheese recipe is a fast dinner for those busy nights (and adults love it too) and is the perfect family easy dinner recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Budget Friendly, Easy dinner recipe, Ground Beef
Servings: 6
Calories: 356kcal


  • Large Skillet
  • Small Saucepan
  • Whisk


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or about 1 ounce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis such as a 10 ounce can of Rotel
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni

Cheese Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper


  • Brown ground beef and drain grease.
  • Stir in taco seasoning, tomatoes, beef broth, and macaroni and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover pan. Simmer 12-14 minutes until macaroni is tender.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  • Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking for 2-3 minutes until it becomes fragrant and starts to turn a light brown color.
  • Whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Whisk until smooth and mixture starts to thicken. Remove mixture from heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Add the salt and pepper to the cheese sauce.
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the hamburger mixture. Stir gently to combine.


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.


Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 1184mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 983IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 4mg