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Hamburger Help: Chili Mac

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Once school is back in session, getting dinner on the table quickly on busy weeknights can be frustrating. Here’s a simple recipe that is ready in under 30 minutes and uses just one skillet for easy clean-up! Bonus? It can be mixed ahead of time and stored in the pantry as well!
This recipe is quite versatile and you can shave cooking time off and have it ready in as little as 14 minutes if you use thawed precooked ground meat and egg noodles!

You’ll Need:
1 lb. ground beef or turkey, browned and drained
1 C. water
1/2 C. macaroni or wide egg noodles (we generally make our own) (uncooked)
2 cans chopped/diced tomatoes (un-drained)
1 T. chili powder
1/2 C. Homemade Hamburger Help Basic Seasoning mix

Combine all and simmer 20 minutes or until macaroni is cooked. Take note, egg noodles cook in less than half the amount of time.!

A note, the reason we list ground beef or turkey browned and drained is because many of members like to use the frozen ground meat mix, which is a recipe that precooks the beef (or ground turkey) with a few seasonings. This of course is necessary to the recipe, but it certainly does make it faster and easier to prepare during busy evenings after work

If you’d like to make a mix ahead of time and store in the pantry in Mason Jars or Covered containers or zipl-close bags, you would place the uncooked macaroni noodles, the chili powder and 1/2 cup of the homemade hamburger help basic mix seasoning in the jar/bag/container. Seal and write the remaining ingredients needed to complete the recipe on the exterior of the package, in this case 1 c. water, 2 cans diced tomatoes and 1 lb ground beef or turkey.

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