I had no plans to share this with you. I almost feel like I’m cheating a little bit. Well not really, but this is just crazy easy. It all started last week. My friend Tonya over at 4 Little Fergusons shared my chili sauce, and it got me to thinking I should make it. We hadn’t had it since last winter and my kids love it. I made a batch and planned on going to the store to get some hot dogs and buns. Well, life got in the way and I never made it. I have used this sauce for many things; Frito pies, baked potato topper, chili cheese fries, and Chili Cheese Dog Pot Pies. I didn’t have all of the ingredients or time to make these either, but I needed a quick dinner. I decided to just cook some pasta, add some cheese, and a new dish was born! ALL of my children, husband included, ate 2 servings and loved it. You would have thought I made the best meal they have ever eaten, and it was one of the easiest meals I’ve ever made! This would be a perfect dinner on Halloween before the kids head out trick-or-treating.
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion chopped, 1 cup
- 3 cloves garlic minced, 1½ teaspoons
- 1 tablespoon (heaping) Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2¼ cup water
- 1 cup ketchup
- 4 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Frank's Hot Sauce
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 pound pasta, I used medium shells
- 3 cups (12 ounces) Colby/Jack Cheese
- Sour Cream, for garnish
- Chopped Green Onions, for garnish
- In a large skillet over medium heat brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic in the skillet
- Cook until the beef is browned and cooked through.
- Add the Chili Powder, salt, and pepper.
- Cook for 3-5 minutes. Don't skip this step--it allows the spices to bloom and maximize their flavor. It will make a difference in the flavor of your finished dish.
- Stir in the water, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, Frank's, and the dry mustard.
- Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently, for 45 minutes or until most of the liquid is evaporated.
- Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until al dente.
- Drain and mix into the beef chili sauce.
- Stir in 1 cup of the cheese.
- Pour into a lightly greased 9 x 13" casserole dish.
- Top with the remaining cheese.
- Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.
Shared at these great link parties:
Our very own Weekend Potluck
Six Sisters’ Stuff Strut Your Stuff Saturday Link Party
Everyday Mom’s Meals Church Supper