Cheeseburger macaroni

I found this recipe at and it is such a keeper! I’ve made it three times already, and it easily converts to a freezer meal — something I’ll be needing before too much longer with baby girl on the way. It’s got a little kick of spice to it without being overwhelming, and it’s just such a comfort food. It’s everything you wanted that supper-in-a-box to be. πŸ˜‰

Cheeseburger macaroni


    • 1 lb lean hamburger meat
    • 1 pkg taco seasoning
    • 1 can Ro*tel
    • 2 cups beef broth or water
    • 1 cup elbow macaroni
For the sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. Brown the hamburger meat and drain off any grease, then stir in taco seasoning, Ro*tel, broth or water and macaroni. Bring to a boil then turn down to medium/low and cover; simmer for about 12 minutes or until macaroni is tender
  2. While it’s simmering, make the cheese sauce: in a saucepan melt the butter then whisk in the flour. Cook while whisking for about five minutes until the roux turns light brown, then keep whisking while you pour in the milk and bring to a boil. Keep whisking (see a trend?) until the mixture is smooth and thick, then remove from heat and stir in the cheddar cheese till it’s completely melted in. Add in the salt and pepper, then pour over the hamburger mixture and stir it all together. Supper is served!


To make this a freezer meal let the macaroni cook for only about six minutes, but complete other steps as written. Pour the whole thing into a casserole dish then cover with a layer of plastic wrap then a layer of foil; when it’s cooled off, pop it in the freezer. When you’re ready to heat it up, thaw it in the fridge overnight, then bake at 350F for 30 minutes or so until heated through.

9 thoughts on “Cheeseburger macaroni

  1. I just found your website via StumbleUpon and have already bookmarked it… Yum! Could you tell me a substitute for Rotel as we don’t have that in the grocery stores here.
    Thank You πŸ™‚

    • Hi and welcome! πŸ™‚ Let’s see… Rotel is essentially diced tomatoes and green chiles + some spices, so I’d probably do a can of diced tomatoes and a can of diced green chiles (like the sizes I used here, but green chiles instead), then doctor it up with some salt, some cumin, some onion (I’m guessing at the spices here) and see how it tastes. How terrible to have no Rotel!

  2. I’m so happy I stumbled onto your blog! The cheeseburger mac looks like a quick and easy recipe that the whole family would devour!

    I love to find other southern bloggers!

  3. im a chef in highlands N.C. hope you dont mind but but im going to put this on special at times for the kids menu i made it for my self tonight and LOVED it!!!!!!!! also going to use the salsa for blackend catfish. when i use it i will put your name on menu .Erin’s Salsa -Eein’s cheeseburger macaroni any thing i use of yours ill give you credit nameing it after you if not ok to use it email me and will not use thanks so much have a great say Robert Lamb

  4. oops just reed your profile PRETTY PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! may i use at my kitchen promise ill give you credit for every thing of yours i use
    robert lamb

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