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Chili-Cheeseburger Mac-and-Cheese

Chili-Cheeseburger Mac-and-Cheese

At the tasting table, this delicious recipe was our hands-down favorite over a boxed hamburger meal.

Southern Living FEBRUARY 2009

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Cook time:18 Minutes
  • Prep time:10 Minutes


  • 1 (12-oz.) box shells and cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15-oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes with mild green chiles
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


1. Prepare shells and cheese according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, brown beef in a 12-inch (2 1/2-inch-deep) nonstick skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until no longer pink; drain and rinse under hot running water. Return beef to skillet; stir in chili powder, cumin, and salt. Cook 2 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, and 1/4 cup water. Cook 5 to 8 minutes or until most of liquid has evaporated.

3. Stir prepared pasta into beef mixture, and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley. Serve immediately.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Velveeta Shells & Cheese Original and Delmonte Diced Tomatoes with Zesty Mild Green Chilies.


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