Chuck Wagon Mac

If you are looking for an easy – yet kid friendly – meal then look no further.  Chuck Wagon Mac is actually a recipe from the back of the Kraft Mac n’ Cheese box from many, many years ago with a few alterations.  The great thing about cooking yourself is you can add what you like and leave out what you don’t. 🙂


1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 bell pepper – which ever color you like – mine was orange

1 small onion chopped

I box Mac n’ Cheese

1 can tomato sauce

1 small can tomato paste

1 can corn

Salt and pepper to taste

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

a dash of Cayenne Pepper



Place the ground beef in a pan and start to brown.  Add the bell pepper, celery, and onion and continue to stir occasionally until vegetables are softened and the meat is brown.



In the meantime start making the Mac n’ Cheese according to the package instructions.  While the Pasta is cooking, add the tomato paste and the tomato sauce to the meat mixture.  I also add about 1/2 can of water as well.



Add salt, pepper and the remaining spices to the sauce and let it simmer.  After about 10 minutes, add the drained can of corn.

2013-03-20_16-53-09_207Here is my Mac n’ Cheese – ready to be added to the sauce.

2013-03-20_16-55-52_881Once you have added the Mac n’ Cheese give everything a good stir to combine and the meal is ready to eat.  Easy enough and tasty too!




5 thoughts on “Chuck Wagon Mac

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  3. Jim Wangerin

    Yep! I have that recipe cut from a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese box which dates at least back to 1975. Just made it again for the first time in 20+ years. Recipe calls for ground beef to be made into meatballs but I used store-bought meatballs and a quart of my wife’ stewed tomatoes this time.



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