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Snowy Palms Homemade Cheesy Taco Beef Hamburger Helper

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Snowy Palms Resort

As Lazy Bastard gets older, meaner, crankier and lazier he looks for easy to prepare meals that will allow him copious amounts of spare time to snarf red wine and yell at the neighbourhood children and this one skillet meal is a charm; the residents and guests of the Inn love it. The neighbourhood kids? Not so much. Tastes great and is met by eager diners at the dining tables. It really is good. Trust me...

1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, minced fine
4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced fine
1 Tbsp. olive oil
½ cup beef stock
½ cup salsa sauce (I like Pace)
2 cups milk
2 cups elbow macaroni
1 Tbsp. corn starch
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. paprika
½ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp ground pepper
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup Asiago cheese, shredded

Mix the corn starch, chili powder, salt, sugar, paprika, cumin, ground pepper together in a large measuring cup or bowl, add salsa sauce and beef stock and stir to mix well, set aside.

In a large skillet saute onion and garlic until translucent (about 5 minutes).

 Add ground beef and cook until browned. Drain oil (see pictures below).   
Fat removed from 1 pound of ground beef
Add beef stock mixture, milk and pasta to browned beef and bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender.

When pasta is al dente, remove pot from heat then stir in the cheeses, mix well, cover, then let stand for 5 minutes.

When ready to serve give the pasta a gentle stir and serve hot.
This doesn't last long in the Inn.  Leftovers are hoovered faster than a chocolate bunny at a fat farm.

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