Southwest Cheeseburger Pasta

Southwest Cheeseburger Pasta


  • 1 pound mixed pasta
  • 1 pound ground hamburger
  • 1/2 pound Velveeta cheese, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (10 ounces) Rotel, drained
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Shredded cheese for topping (optional)


  1. Cook the pasta: Boil the mixed pasta in a large pot of salted water until it reaches al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Brown the hamburger: In a large skillet, brown the ground hamburger over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook until the hamburger is fully browned and the onions are translucent. Drain the excess grease.
  3. Add Velveeta: Chop the Velveeta cheese into small cubes. Return the drained pasta to the skillet with the browned hamburger mixture. Add the chopped Velveeta and milk.
  4. Melt the cheese: Stir the mixture over medium heat until the Velveeta is fully melted and evenly coats the pasta and hamburger. The result should be a creamy, cheesy consistency.
  5. Incorporate Rotel: Once the cheese is melted, add the drained Rotel to the skillet. Continue to stir until the Rotel is well mixed into the pasta and heated through.
  6. Adjust seasoning: Taste the pasta and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. The Rotel adds some flavor, so be mindful of the overall saltiness.
  7. Optional topping: If desired, sprinkle shredded cheese on top before serving for an extra cheesy touch.
  8. Serve: Once everything is well combined and heated through, transfer the Southwest Cheeseburger Pasta to a serving dish. Enjoy your delicious and hearty meal!

This Southwest-inspired pasta dish combines the flavors of a cheeseburger with a hint of spice from the Rotel, creating a satisfying and comforting meal.

Q: Can I use a different type of pasta for this recipe?

A: Yes, feel free to experiment with different pasta shapes or types based on your preferences. Penne, rotini, or shells work well, but you can choose any pasta you like.

Q: Is there a substitute for Velveeta cheese?

A: If you prefer, you can substitute Velveeta with another melty cheese like American or cheddar. Adjust the quantity to your taste for the desired level of cheesiness.

Q: How spicy is the dish with the Rotel?

A: The spiciness depends on the heat level of the Rotel. If you prefer a milder dish, you can use a variety with less heat or substitute it with diced tomatoes for a mild flavor.

Q: Can I add vegetables to this pasta dish?

A: Absolutely! Consider adding bell peppers, corn, or black beans for extra flavor and texture. Sauté the vegetables along with the hamburger mixture or stir in cooked vegetables at the end.

Q: How can I make this dish healthier?

A: To make the dish healthier, consider using lean ground beef, whole wheat pasta, and reduced-fat cheese. You can also add more vegetables to increase the nutritional content.

Q: Can I make this pasta dish in advance?

A: Yes, you can prepare the Southwest Cheeseburger Pasta in advance and reheat it when ready to serve. Keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

Q: Can I freeze leftovers?

A: While pasta dishes can be frozen, the texture of the pasta may change slightly upon thawing. If you choose to freeze leftovers, store them in an airtight container and consume within 1-2 months for the best quality.

Q: What are some optional toppings for serving?

A: In addition to shredded cheese, you can top the Southwest Cheeseburger Pasta with fresh cilantro, diced green onions, or a dollop of sour cream for added flavor and freshness.

Q: Can I make this recipe vegetarian?

A: Yes, you can make a vegetarian version by substituting the ground hamburger with plant-based ground meat alternatives or adding more vegetables for a hearty meatless option. Adjust the seasonings accordingly.

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