Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cheesy Chili Mac or Goulash

Updated July 2019

Whatever you call this, and everyone has a name for it, this is all-time good comfort food!  I can remember my mom making this, and me making this for our kids. This version has been "kicked up" a bit for a more grown up taste. 

The addition of the cumin and salsa take it from school room lunch to spicy, cheesy deliciousness. Want more heat, adjust seasonings to taste. Less heat? You can easily leave them out, or reduce the amount you add.

1 lb. hamburger
1 (14.5 oz) can tomato sauce
2-4 tsp chili powder (or to taste)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp course-ground black pepper
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes (drained)
1/2 cup medium salsa
1/2-1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups pasta, cooked according to package instructions (elbow macaroni or sea shells work best)

Preheat oven to 350.

Brown ground beef in pan; drain.  Add all remaining ingredients, except pasta and shredded cheddar cheese; stir to blend.

Add cooked pasta and stir until blended.

Pour into prepared 13 x 9-inch pan (sprayed with cooking spray).  Top with shredded cheddar cheese and bake approx. 30 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.  Serve immediately.

Also seen on Meal Plan Monday



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