This spicy hamburger helper with green chilies is homemade and delicious! Just as easy as the boxed stuff, but healthier and tastes better! This Cheesy Mac is a great one pot dinner that you can make as spicy as you like.
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Healthy Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe

This homemade hamburger helper with green chilies is spicy and delicious! Just as easy as the boxed stuff, but healthier and tastes better! This Cheesy Mac is a great family friendly meal that you can make as spicy as you like.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword 21 Day Fix, instant pot, Weight Watchers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 294kcal
Author Becca Ludlum

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef lean
  • 1 cup green chilis fresh/diced
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 1 cup beef broth low sodium
  • 2 cups whole wheat pasta I used elbows
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup tomato sauce

Optional: Plain Greek yogurt (3/4 cup)

    Optional: Cheddar cheese (1 1/3 cup)

      Instructions

      Instant Pot:

      • Brown the ground beef in the Instant Pot using the sauté function.
      • Add the onions, green chilis, paprika, and garlic powder. Give it a quick stir.
      • Next pour in the macaroni, beef broth, and tomato sauce. Make sure all the pasta is below the liquid.
      • Close the lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure using the manual setting for 3 minutes. Release the pressure using the quick release method.
      • Remove the lid and turn the Instant Pot off. Mix in the Greek yogurt and cheese until the cheese is melted. Garnish and serve.

      Stove Top:

      • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet on the stove.
      • Add the onions, green chilis, paprika, and garlic powder. Give it a quick stir.
      • Next pour in the macaroni, beef broth, and tomato sauce into the skillet. Make sure all the pasta is below the liquid.
      • Bring the liquid to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to medium low.
      • Allow the pasta to cook for 10-15 minutes until the pasta is tender. Stir occasionally as needed.
      • Remove the lid and mix in the Greek yogurt and cheese. Mix until the cheese is all melted. Garnish and serve.

      Slow Cooker:

      • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet on the stove.
      • Transfer the cooked ground beef to your slow cooker.
      • Add all the remain ingredients to the slow cooker except the Greek Yogurt and cheese.
      • Cover the slow cooker and cook on high heat for 2-3 hours, low heat for 4-5 hours, or until the pasta is tender.
      • Remove the lid and mix in the Greek yogurt and cheese. Garnish and serve.

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      Notes

      21 Day Fix Container Counts: Serves 6, Per 1 cup serving: 3/4 red container, 1/2 green container, 1 yellow container, 2/3 blue container
      Containers were calculated with Greek yogurt and cheese.
      Nutrition is calculated without Greek yogurt and cheese. 
      Weight Watchers Blue Plan Points: 1 cup serving, using 99% fat free ground turkey and fat free plain greek yogurt low fat cheese is 3 Blue Plan Points per serving.
      If you remove the dairy from this recipe (which is actually how I prefer it!), it counts as 2 Blue Plan Points per serving. 

      Nutrition

      Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 419mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 366IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 3mg