Green Chile Hamburger Helper


1 pound extra lean ground beef

1/2 medium onion chopped

2 heaping tablespoons tomato paste

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 green Chile roasted & peeled

1 cup uncooked pasta

3 cups beef broth

2 cups freshly grated cheddar cheese

Salt & pepper to taste


Step 1:

Add the beef and onions to a soup pot.

Cook over medium-high heat until the beef has browned (about 7-10 minutes), breaking the meat up with your spoon as you go along.

If there’s a lot of excess fat, spoon most of it out.

Step 2:

Stir in the tomato paste, garlic powder, and green chile.

Step 3:

Add in the beef broth and increase the heat to high.

Once it starts boiling, add in the pasta.

Step 4:

Reduce the heat so it’s not furiously boiling (a rapid simmer is good).

I ended up cooking mine over medium heat.

Let it cook uncovered until the pasta is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed (about 13-15 minutes).

I stir it every couple of minutes.

Step 5:

While it’s cooking, grate the cheese (this saves prep time at the start of the recipe).

Step 6:

Take the pot off the heat and stir in the cheese.

Season with salt & pepper as needed.

I let it sit for a couple minutes prior to serving (soaks up the sauce and flavors more), but you can serve it right away.


Serves 4-6 depending on the portion size.

As with any one pot meal, ingredients and stoves vary. If you’re running out of liquid (like it’s in danger of sticking and burning) when you still have a while to go before the pasta is done, feel free to add in more liquid, 1/2 cup at a time.

Nutrition Information:


Calories: 620 | Protein: 40g | Carbohydrates: 40g | Dietary Fiber: 3g | Sugars: 3g | Total Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 1020mg

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef?

Yes, you can substitute ground turkey for ground beef if you prefer a leaner option.

Adjust the cooking time accordingly.

How spicy is the dish with the green chile?

The spice level can vary, but the green chile adds a mild to moderate heat.

If you’re sensitive to spice, you can adjust the amount of green chile or choose a milder variety.

Can I use pre-shredded cheese instead of freshly grated?

Yes, pre-shredded cheese can be used, but freshly grated cheese often melts more smoothly for a creamier texture.

Is there a suitable substitute for beef broth?

You can use chicken or vegetable broth as a substitute for beef broth if needed.

The flavor profile will be slightly different.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the Green Chile Hamburger Helper ahead of time.

Reheat it gently on the stove, adding a little extra broth or water if it has thickened during storage.

Can I freeze Green Chile Hamburger Helper?

Yes, you can freeze it. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container.

Reheat on the stove or in the microwave when ready to enjoy.

What other cheese options can I use?

Feel free to experiment with different cheeses.

Pepper jack, Monterey Jack, or a Mexican blend can add a different flavor profile to the dish.

Can I add vegetables to this recipe?

Certainly! You can add vegetables like bell peppers, corn, or black beans for added texture and nutritional value.

Is there a substitute for tomato paste?

If you don’t have tomato paste, you can use tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes.

Adjust the quantity based on your taste preference.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the components ahead and assemble before baking.

Keep the cooked pasta, beef mixture, and grated cheese separate until you’re ready to bake.

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