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Quick and Easy Chili Mac

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I know that there are times when you just don’t have the time to cook an elaborate meal but still want to make something good for yourself or your family. That’s why every now and then I will try and put together something relatively quick and easy for you guys that can be cooked with little fuss and wasted time.

As I’ve said before, it didn’t used to take much to please me when I was growing up. I was a pretty easy kid when it came to food and one of my favorite things to eat was hamburger helper. My personal favorite was the cheeseburger helper. I know, I know. Don’t judge me on that. My tastes have evolved as I’ve gotten older. However with that being said, it really was a quick and easy meal to put together and feed the entire family when my mom was in a hurry and had a lot “on her plate”. So I used that as my inspiration for this next recipe.  I’m going to walk you through how to make a quick and easy Chili Mac. As per usual, this one will be a little on the spicy side but don’t worry, I will give you options on how to tone it down a bit for the less adventurous eaters sitting at the table.

What you need before you get started: Sharp knife and cutting board,  medium sized pot, non stick skillet, long handled spoon.

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Grocery list:

1 lb Lean ground beef

1/2 medium sweet onion (small diced)

1 10 oz can of Rotel (I used hot, feel free to use mild or classic if you like).

1 12 oz box of Velveeta shells and cheese.

1/2 cup shredded cheddar

1/2 tablespoon chili powder

1/2 tablespoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup chopped Green onion (optional, for garnish)

1/4 cup chopped Cilantro (optional, for garnish)

Cooking

In a pot, prepare the shells and cheese according to the directions on the box. While that is cooking heat the non stick pan to medium high heat and brown the ground beef. Add the onions and Rotel to the beef about half way through browning. (drain the water from the Rotel first) Season the beef with the chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper.

Once you have the beef cooked and seasoned and the shells and cheese done, go ahead and pour the shells and cheese into the pan with the beef and veggies and add the shredded cheddar.  Now mix it all together thoroughly.

It is now time to put a nice helping on a plate and top with a pinch of the cilantro and green onions (this part is optional). You can serve it with a side of corn or green beans if you like. It just depends on how much time you have.

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That’s it. Quick and easy this time around, but still full of flavor that I know you will enjoy. Come back next time to see what I have cooked up.

Thanks for reading,

James

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