Total TimePrep/Total Time: 25 min.
- 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
- 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 2/3 cup frozen corn
- 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
- Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a 6-qt. stockpot, cook and crumble beef with onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes; drain.
- Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, chiles and dry seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until flavors are blended, about 5 minutes. Stir in macaroni and cilantro.
Nutrition Facts1-1/3 cups: 224 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 567mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.
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Jan 18, 2019
As written, this does not end up to be what my family considers "southwestern" BUT, it is easy enough to fix that. 1) Substitute 2 cans of Rotel diced tomatoes for the 28oz can of tomatoes. Rotel comes in 3 heat levels, so be careful with that. The mild is quite bland and lacks that Mexican flair. Medium is a good choice, giving some heat, but not too much. The lime cilantro is very goid,without having much cilsntro taste though. So if you like cilsntro, you need to add more. If you do not like cilantro, this will not bother you at all . The original is HOT in my opinion. Choose accordingly. 2) Next, DEFINATELY SUB OUT THE 8 oz CAN OF TOMATO SAUCE FOR 1 C. OF SALSA. We like Newmans Own Salsa. But again CHOOSE CAREFULLY, because there are multiple varieties, including fruit varieties, which do NOT work in this dish. If you really like cilantro, use the stems, finely minced. The stems have twice the flavor of cilantro than the leaves do.
Jun 28, 2018
Since many of the reviews mentioned that this recipe was lacking in flavor, I used fire roasted diced tomatoes with seasonings added, substituted the tomato sauce for a can of condensed tomato soup, and added two tablespoons of taco seasoning instead of the cumin. I also served it with a shredded Mexican cheese blend on top. With some modifications, this recipe was delicious as well as super quick and easy!
Apr 13, 2018
I made this using ground chicken breast and Rotel canned tomatoes with green chilles. I did not add the macaroni and instead added kidney beans and served it like chili with a spoonful of sour cream and green onion on top. So delicious and healthy too! This is definitely a favorite in our house.
Mar 21, 2018
Lacked in flavor, will adjust recipe next time with other seasonings etc others have mentioned.
Aug 8, 2017
We had this delicious dish tonight. We loved it. Because of all the remarks about it being bland, I added 2 tablespoons of Williams Chili Seasoning to it but I could have used chili powder. I did cook the macaroni separately only because I do that to have both done at the same time. Then combine them. Thanks to all the reviewers for such good reviews. We will be having this recipe again.Volunteer Field Editor
Mar 18, 2017
I followed the recipe but thought this lacked flavor. Southwest food is some of my favorite dishes but this was so bland. I'm rewarmimg it tomorrow and will add more cumin and definitely more cilantro. I also found a jar of dry Mexican seasoning and will be adding that in. I also would double the tomato sauce and reduce it to one can of diced tomatoes. It's ok but will definitely be tweaking this recipe. I like the other reviews of adding taco seasoning and jalapeno. I am really hoping adding the additional spices will perk this up!!
Feb 23, 2017
Made this with turkey burger and it was also good with that.
Jan 31, 2017
I was afraid this would lack flavor, but I did not feel that it did. I enjoyed it the first night, as well as leftovers for the next couple of nights (it's just me) I thought it was very good. I may try it next time with taco seasoning (omitting the cumin, salt and pepper) just to see how it was.
Jan 20, 2017
I made it as directed. It looked good, but lacked flavor. If I make it again, I would try using fresh jalapenos, increase the cumin a bit, maybe add a little oregano and garnish with grated or crumbled cheese.
Jan 18, 2017
I was wondering if you could make this is a pressure cooker or a crock Pot? I have an Instant Pot here that I love to use