I love meals where all of the goodies come together to form one pot or dish of goodness.  I’m a huge fan and have shared some of my favorites over the years like Guyanese Cook-up Rice, Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya, Stewed Chicken Pasta, Beefy Baked Penne, One Pot Pesto Pasta and Chicken, Chorizo and Shrimp “Pelau.” It should come as no surprise that I have yet another to share!  Fact – I love macaroni and cheese, I mean who doesn’t?  Add seasoned ground beef and you have upped the ante a bit.  Don’t get me wrong, macaroni and cheese is a dish that holds its own but it’s nice this way as well.  I use my classic macaroni and cheese recipe and added spicy browned ground beef which adds a spicy, meaty flavor to the dish, hence the name beefy mac and cheese.  I’ve made this quite a bit and it’s one of the few meals that I don’t have to fight with my 6 year old to eat so it’s a winner in my book.  For this dish I kept it simple and stuck to using a good sharp cheddar cheese which gives the dish that cheesy flavor that you’re looking for in a good macaroni and cheese.  The meat is cooked with onions, garlic, cayenne and black pepper then added to the macaroni and cheese,  I then cover it with a heaping pile of cheese and bake it up until the cheese has melted and bubbling.  Beefy mac and cheese is great on its own but it you’re trying to have a little green on your plate you can add roasted broccoli, asparagus or whichever vegetable you prefer!



  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ tsp oil
  • ½ onion
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 lb macaroni, cooked
  • 16 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard


  • Over medium heat, heat oil in a frying pan. When oil is hot add ground beef, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and garlic powder and cook until brown then add onion.
  • Cook onion until its softened, about 3-5 minutes then add water and cook for about 10 minutes or until the water has evaporated. Set meat mixture aside.
  • In a large pot over low heat, melt butter. When the butter has melted, add in flour while stirring to make it smooth. Cook for about 2-3 minutes then add milk and stir until smooth.
  • Cook on low heat for about 5 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken then add all but 1 cup of cheese and Dijon mustard to the mixture. Add a pinch of salt to taste.
  • Stir until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth then add cooked macaroni pasta and ground beef.
  • Place into a greased 13x9 baking dish, top with remaining cheese and bake in oven preheated to 350 degrees. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the macaroni and cheese begins to bubble and the cheese has melted. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
Author: Jehan Powell