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.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1 package Hamburger Helper Cheddar cheese melt
  • 1 cup Old El Paso salsa (any variety)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans spicy chili beans in sauce, undrained
  • 1/3 cup milk


  1. Cook beef in Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain.
  2. Stir in hot water, uncooked Pasta, Sauce Mix, salsa, 1/2 cup milk, the chili powder and beans. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently.
  3. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 12 to 14 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender.
  4. Meanwhile, stir Topping mix and 1/3 cup milk in bowl 30 seconds; set aside.
  5. Remove chili from heat; stir. Pour topping evenly over chili, or spoon over each serving.

Source: Betty Crocker newsletter