Homemade Crunchy Taco Hamburger Helper Recipe


  • 1 pound ground beef (lean for healthier option)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (or use your own homemade blend)
  • 1 cup salsa (choose your favorite heat level)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (low-sodium preferred)
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice (jasmine or basmati work well)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or your favorite melty cheese)
  • Toppings: crushed tortilla chips, diced tomatoes, sliced avocado, sour cream, chopped cilantro, etc.


  • Brown the beef: In a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef, breaking it up with a spoon. Once cooked through, drain off any excess grease.
  • Sauté the onion: Add the chopped onion to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until softened.
  • Season and simmer: Stir in the taco seasoning, salsa, and chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Finish with cheese: Remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until completely melted.
  • Add the crunch: Top individual servings with crushed tortilla chips for that signature Hamburger Helper crunch.
  • Customize: Serve with your favorite taco toppings like diced tomatoes, sliced avocado, sour cream, or chopped cilantro.


  • Spice it up: For a spicier dish, use a hot salsa or add a pinch of cayenne pepper with the taco seasoning.
  • Make it creamy: Stir in a dollop of sour cream or a splash of milk for a creamier sauce.
  • Get creative with toppings: Try adding shredded lettuce, black olives, or pickled jalapenos.
  • Use another type of rice: Brown rice would work well, but it has longer cooking time.

Enjoy your homemade Hamburger Helper – it’s tastier and healthier than the boxed version!


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