Fiesta Beef Skillet

"A quick and tasty one-pan meal!"
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  • Chop the green pepper. Cut the Velveeta into cubes.
  • Brown ground beef in a large skillet; drain well.
  • Add tomatoes (undrained) and water and bring to a boil. Stir in pasta and green pepper.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes, until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the Velveeta cubes to the skillet. Cook until melted, stirring frequently.

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  1. Paula S.
    Velveeta isn't cheese anymore. It's whey protein for the most part with lots of preservatives. Plastic cheese at best. Kraft American is garbage too. The first time I gave it to my daughter she rolled it into a ball and played with it like is was a toy. I never bought it again. I personally thinks it's disgusting.
  2. KateL
    5 Stars for quick and very satisfying weeknight dinner for us, who like a little spice to our food. I used Rotel "Mexican" style (with lime and cilantro) because we love that little extra zing. I didn't have a green bell pepper when I made this, so I substituted a yellow bell pepper; DH thought green bell pepper would be better in this dish. My only complaint was my ground beef from Costco, making me swear to grind my own meat without the sinew and gristle... grr. Because I have a heavy tri-ply stainless steel chef's pot, I used 2 Tablespoons of olive to brown the ground meat so it would not stick too much to the pan. I drained the browned ground beef in a fine-mesh colander before returning to the pan with the tomatoes and water. DH said the heat from the Rotel grew with each bite, but it was never very spicy. This will be in our regular rotation. Made for Please Review My Recipe tag game.
  3. TasteTester
    I'm trying to teach my son to cook, and I thought this would be a good recipe for him to try. It turned out great! I did add some minced onion and used 1/2 beef broth and 1/2 water. The Velveeta melted beautifully and gave a wonderful cheesy taste to every bite. It's something we'll be having again -- so easy and so delicious!!!
  4. LousyChef
    This was easy and quick. I used 1/2 bell pepper and 1/2 onion, and added some cayenne pepper. I can't get Velveeta here, so I used regular shredded cheddar. Served with some chopped avocado on top, since I needed to use it up. It was a nice meal, thank you!
  5. Linky
    As some other reviewers mentioned, I made a couple adjustments: used one yellow and half a red pepper, used different pasta (oops, ran out of rotini), added half a chopped medium onion, added 1 tsp. minced garlic, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper. My DH and guest loved it!! Plus, it's super easy - like home-made Hamburger Helper with no weird additives! Thanks, loof!!


    Spicy, Cheesy, & Easy! I did boil the noodles separate from the meat. I added a 8oz can of tomato sauce to the meat instead of water. I blended the Rotel in a processor then added it to the sauce. Made for Ramadan Tag 2011
  2. Deantini
    This is a really good, basic recipe where you can add more vegetables, spices, herbs to fit whatever you have in the fridge. I added garlic, onion and fresh parsley and used mozzarella instead of Velveeta.
  3. 55tbird
    Very good quick meal. I used leftover beef broth instead of the water and 1 can drained kidney beans instead of the green pepper.
  4. Shelby Jo
    This made for a great meal. It reminded me somewhat of a mexican type of hamburger helper. I used a couple orange mini sweet peppers instead of the green pepper but otherwise made as directed. I really enjoyed this and it was super easy to make. Thanks for posting!


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