Homemade Nacho Hamburger Helper


½-¾ lbs Uncooked Elbow Macaroni

2-3 Tbsp Taco Seasoning

1 16 oz Can/Jar of queso

¾ lb of cooked hamburger

1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes

Green Peppers (to taste)

Onions (to taste)

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Homemade Nacho Hamburger Helper

Sep 30, 2022Brian Witmer
Contributed By: Nessa’s Nook

This recipe will fill 1 Large Freeze Dryer Tray very full*

I like to add onions and peppers for flavor, but you can leave them out


  1. Cook noodles according to box
  2. Cook hamburger 
  3. Cook onions and green peppers with hamburger if you choose to add
  4. When noodles are cooked add hamburger, cheese, tomatoes, and taco seasoning
  5. Stir all together and warm through
  6. Put on Freeze dryer tray(s) (dividers would work for nice portions and parchment may be helpful as well) 
  7. Pre-Freeze then freeze dry
  8. Store Appropriately (See Tips and Tricks for storage help)


Cycle Time:

My Cycle time was about 28 hours


Add a little bit of hot water, stir, let sit for 5 minutes (might be helpful to cover with a towel), and continue until you reach desired consistency.


* Large Tray = 8 Cups/tray   Medium = 6 Cups/Tray   Small = 4 Cups/Tray

Cycle times & rehydration for reference only. Your results may vary.

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