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Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni

Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Cheeseburger Macaroni, Copycat, Copycat Cheeseburger Macaroni, Copycat Hamburger Helper, Ground Beef, Hamburger Helper
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Cajon seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp green Cholula® hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 cups dry macaroni noodles
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, plus more as desired


  1. In a large cast iron pan or skillet, add ground beef, onions and garlic. Cook until no longer pink and onions are translucent. Drain, return to pan.

  2. Sprinkle seasonings, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, over meat followed by hot sauce, tomato paste and flour. Stir.

  3. Pour milk and beef broth into pan, stir.

  4. Add macaroni noodles, stir and bring to a boil.

  5. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.

  6. Sprinkle with cheese, stir until melted, then add sour cream, stir and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from The Darling Gourmet