Monday, March 31, 2014

Homemade Taco Hamburger Helper

adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

1lb lean ground beef
1/2 large onion
1/2 good sized jalepeño
1 taco seasoning packet
3/4 cup salsa
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water*
1 cup long grain white rice
1 cup shredded cheese
1/2 can black beans, drained & rinsed
1/2 can sweet corn, drained
Corn tortilla chips to crunch on top

Brown ground beef with onion and jalapeño in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain then return to the skillet. Add taco seasoning, salsa, chicken broth, and water then bring to a boil. Add rice then place a lid on top and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in corn and black beans until warm, then remove from heat and stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Place lid back on the skillet then let sit for 5 minutes before serving with toppings.

I am a hater of Hamburger Helper. I was the kid that was SUPER ticked when my mom pulled out the box with that creepy oven mitt face thing. However, when I saw this recipe on Iowa Girl Eats, I KNEW  that I had to make it. I love recipes that require minimal dishes, and contains ingredients that I definitely already have in the pantry/refrigerator. I added more onion, jalapeños, corn and black beans because I wanted to sneak in some veggies. I am SO glad that I did, because this was heavenly. My entire family DEVOURED it, and I doubled the recipe. My super picky uncle and my super picky grandma are still raving about how much they loved it a week later. Make this, you will not be disappointed… and if you are, I'm not sure if we can be friends.

*This seems like a lot of liquid, but I always always always end up adding more liquid. Maybe it's an altitude thing, or the fact that my family is a basmati rice kind of family, but I just always end up adding SO much liquid to get it to cook completely.