Hamburger Helper Sloppy Joes (Crock Pot or Stove Top)

READY IN: 2hrs
SERVES: 10-12


  • 1 12
  • 1
    large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1
    jalapeno pepper (seeded and finely chopped, or to taste)
  • 2
    medium onions, chopped
  • 3
    tablespoons fresh minced garlic (or to taste)
  • 1 -2
    tablespoon chili powder
  • 1
    (210 g) package Hamburger Helper mix for beef pasta (chili-macaroni flavor)
  • 7 -8
    slices bacon (cooked until crisp then finely chopped)
  • 1
    cup water
  • 1
    (14 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1
    (10 ounce) can tomato soup, undiluted
  • 3
    tablespoons sugar (or more to taste)
  • seasoning salt (or use white salt to taste)
  • water, to thin if needed


  • For the Hamburger Helper, separate the pasta package from the seasoning mix package, and save the pasta to use in another recipe.
  • In a large skillet cook the ground beef with green bell pepper, onion, garlic and jalapeno pepper (if using) cook until the meat is well browned (about 10-12 minutes) drain fat.
  • Add in Hamburger Helper seasoning packet, water, cooked finely chopped bacon, chili powder, tomato sauce, tomato soup and sugar; cook uncovered for about 1 to 1-1/2 hours adding in more water if needed to thin to desired consistency (the longer you simmer this the richer and thicker it will be, cook only uncovered!).
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve on soft fresh buns!