By Elsie, Contributing Writer
Hamburger Helper may be the ultimate boxed dinner. It only takes twenty or thirty minutes to make, and the results are tasty and comforting.
I don’t think so.
I love the ease and quickness of a skillet meal, though, and I miss that cheesy, meaty heartiness. But people who like real food know that practically everything can be made from scratch. Hamburger Helper? Of course!
Here’s my version, and I believe it’s even quicker than the boxed kind, since I use tortillas instead of pasta which needs time to cook. If you’d like a real food skillet meal with pasta, though, check out this variation.
- • ½ to 1lb ground beef
- • 2 heaping spoonfuls flour
- • ¼ t salt
- • ½ t California chili pepper, or another mild chili
- • ½ t garlic powder
- • ½ t mustard powder
- • ¼ c whole milk
- • 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes
- • 6 tortillas
- • 1 c grated cheddar cheese
- 1. In a large skillet, brown the hamburger oven medium heat. Drain most of the fat, and return the pan to medium-low.
- 2. Stir in the flour and spices until the meat is well coated.
- 3. Add the milk, stirring while you pour.
- 4. Add the diced tomatoes, along with their juice, and let the mixture simmer until it thickens.
- 5. Tear up the tortillas and add them to the skillet.
- 6. Stir in the cheese until it melts, and serve!
Note from Erin: If you’re looking for a place to get affordable ground beef in bulk, check out Zaycon Foods. Zaycon also carries other meats, including pork, chicken, and wild Argentine shrimp! I have been getting chicken breasts there for as low as $1.69/lb! Their prices are typically a fraction of the price you would pay in the grocery store! Check out Zaycon here.