Cheddar Melt Chili

This ground beef dish gets its heat from three different sources-salsa, beans and chili powder. Hamburger Helper® dinner mix makes it easy.


6 servings


1 pound lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1 1/3 cups hot water
1 box Hamburger Helper® Cheddar cheese melt
1 cup Old El Paso® Thick 'n Chunky salsa (any variety)
1 2/3 cups milk
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 (15 ounce) cans spicy chili beans in sauce, undrained
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 large tomato, chopped (about 1 cup)


In 4-quart Dutch oven, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain.

Stir in hot water, sauce mix and uncooked pasta (from Hamburger Helper box), salsa, milk, chili powder and beans. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently.

Reduce heat; cover and simmer about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender.

Remove from heat; stir. Sprinkle each serving with 2 tablespoons cheese and tomato.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Additional Information

Not a "hot" fan? Use mild salsa, and replace the spicy chili beans with kidney beans.

To really spice things up, use a hot variety of salsa or stir in canned Old El Paso® chopped green chiles with the salsa.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 480 (Calories from Fat 150), Total Fat 17 g (Saturated Fat 7 g, Trans Fat 1 g), Cholesterol 65 mg; Sodium 2080 mg; Total Carbohydrate 53 g (Dietary Fiber 7 g, Sugars 12 g), Protein 29 g; Exchanges: 2 1/2 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 3 Lean Meat; 1 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 3 1/2

Recipe Courtesy Of

Betty Crocker

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