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Spicy Mac & Beef

  • prep time: 5 min
  • total time: 35 min
  • serves: 4 people
  • calories: 564 1 serving

This souped up version of the all-time favorite macaroni and cheese includes ground beef and spicy sauce.  Best of all, it's on the table in just 35 minutes.


cost per recipe: $9.42

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Beef Broth
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked medium shell shaped pasta
  • 1 can (10 1/2ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • 1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce


  • Tips

    • Serving Suggestion: Serve with corn muffins and steamed broccoli flowerets.  For dessert serve vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and chopped walnuts.
  • Step 1

    Cook the beef in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat.  Pour off any fat.

  • Step 2

    Stir the broth and water in the skillet and heat to a boil.  Stir in the pasta.  Reduce the heat to medium.  Cook for 10 minutes or until the pasta is tender, stirring often.

  • Step 3

    Stir in the soup and picante sauce and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling.


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  • Spicy Mac & Beef

    July 1, 2020

    Looks good, but.... at 1118 mg sodium per serving? Any ideas on how to cut the sodium? I would appreciate a section on low sodium recipes. Thank you.

    • Campbell Soup Company
      July 1, 2020

      Thank you for your feedback. You can lower the sodium in this recipe by substituting 1 1/3 cups Swanson 50% reduced sodium beef broth for the condensed beef broth in the recipe, and use our Healthy Request Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup instead of our regular Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup. You can then taste the dish, and adjust the salt and seasonings as needed to suit your personal tastes. We hope you will give it a try!

  • Delicious

    Lisa C.
    July 22, 2018

    I've been making this for years. Very easy, quick, but tastes great. I like the idea of adding black or kidney beans.

  • Tasty and easy

    Janet K.
    September 22, 2014

    We Loved It! Did not change a thing. My husband and I like our food a little spicy, so I used the Medium Pace Picante sauce. Did not change a thing. Quick, easy, and tasty.

  • fast n easy

    celeste n.
    September 4, 2014

    Hamburger Helper without the box.

  • so easy and taste great!

    kirk c.
    April 25, 2014

    This was a good and easy meal. Very quick to make to.

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    Calories 564
    Total Fat 22 g
    Sat. Fat 8.1 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 104 mg
    Sodium 1641 mg
    Total Carb 46 g
    Dietary Fiber 3 g
    Sugar 5 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 39 g
    Vitamin D 0 %DV
    Calcium 5 %DV
    Iron 21 %DV
    Potassium 12 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.