Kidney Bean and Hamburger Pasta

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  • This meal is total cowboy food! A bunch of kidney beans and meat mixed with pasta to taste like chili macaroni; oh yeah, it’s husband approved alright.

    Kidney Bean and Hamburger Pasta


    This is also a very quick meal to throw together for an easy dinner when you’re in a hurry.

    I found this great diced tomato sauce for chili by Hunt’s and this stuff is wonderful! It has great flavor and the chopping is already done for you.

    Kidney Bean and Hamburger Pasta
           serves 8
    1 onion, chopped
    1 lb lean ground hamburger
    13.25 oz box whole wheat elbow noodles
    2 15oz cans Hunt’s Seasoned Diced Tomato Sauce for Chili
    2 16oz cans Kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    1 T chili powder
    Shredded cheese (optional)

    Boil and drain the pasta.
    Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the onion and hamburger over medium heat. Stir in the chili powder. When the meat is done, add the drained kidney beans and the diced tomato sauce to the skillet and mix together.

    When the pasta is done, add the noodles to the large skillet and mix. Cover and let simmer for a few minutes so the flavors all mix together.

    Serve warm and top with shredded cheese. I also used a few green onions to give it some color.

    You may have noticed that I didn’t add any additional salt to the dish. I think there is plenty in the tomato sauce, but it you think it needs a little more, knock your socks off! Either way, you gotta try this grub!

    Still not convinced? Think about it like this, Goulash and Chili had a baby….this is what you get! :)
    • Jamie

      That last line cracked me up! Pinned this :) Hope you have a great weekend!

      • Cookin’ Cowgirl

        😉 ha thanks, Jamie!!

    • Lauren – Hippie Dog Company

      I have to say, when I first read the post title, what I saw was “KIDNEY and HAMBURGER PASTA” and I was like “ewww…Kidneys? Readlly?” And then I saw the photo, reread the post title, slapped myself across the forehead and got myself another cup of coffee. This looks REALLY GOOD and I also LOVE the last line!

      • Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Hahaha hope you didn’t slap yourself too hard! You are too funny! 😉 Thanks for the rockstar comment!

    • From Valeries Kitchen

      This is good, hearty man food :) Perfect for my house!

    • tnfan2

      Hey CC – thanks for putting your story and receipes on the blog. I am a “mature beginner” in the kitchen and new to your blog. I’m liking the recipes that you post and this one turned out great. Looking forward to more,.

    • LizMarie

      LOVE this cowboy food! What a great one pot meal!! I want to dig in :)

      Liz @ Southern Charm

      • Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Thanks, Liz!! :)

    • Carolina HeartStrings

      That looks fantastic. My husband would love this recipe. Thank you for a great dinner idea this week.

    • Cookin’ Cowgirl

      Thanks so much!! It makes a LOT too so it’s great for big eaters!

    • Jennifer

      I found this post on pinterest. I made this tonight on 8/1/2012. My husband informed me this is called Chili Mac as I was dishing up the plates. It was very easy to make and had a great flavor. We will be making this again. It makes a lot. I would say it serves 6 large portions.