Retro-style taco salad with macaroni & Hamburger Helper (1982)

Retro macaroni taco salad recipe from 1987

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Non-stop to Mexico in 29 minutes via Hamburger Helper

Make a tasty Taco Salad tonight. it’s a flight of fancy that’s fast to fix.

Hamburger Helper helps your plain hamburger make a sumptuous supper salad. Here’s a salad filled with savory seasonings that’s deliciously different and as much fun as a fiesta.

Hamburger Helper helps your hamburger make a great meal

Taco salad with Hamburger Helper (1982)

Retro macaroni taco salad recipe from 1987

Retro taco salad with macaroni & Hamburger Helper

Yield: 7 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package Hamburger Helper mix for Cheeseburger Macaroni
  • 3-1/3 cups hot water
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • Dash of cayenne pepper, if desired
  • 6 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped (about 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions (with tops)
  • 1/4 cup sliced pitted ripe olives


  1. Cook and stir ground beef in 10-inch skillet until brown; drain. Stir in Macaroni, Sauce Mix, water, chili powder, garlic and cayenne pepper.
  2. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.
  3. Reduce heat; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.
  4. Uncover and cook 5 minutes longer.
  5. Place lettuce, green pepper, tomatoes, onions and olives in large bowl; toss with ground beef mixture.
  6. Serve immediately or, if desired, cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours. Serve with tortilla chips and dairy sour cream if desired.


High Altitude Directions (3500 to 6500 feet): Increase hot water to 3-1/2 cups and simmer time to 20 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 7 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 739mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 24g

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Taco salad with Hamburger Helper recipe card (1982)

Taco salad with Hamburger Helper retro recipe (1982)

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