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Southern-Style Tomato Mac and Beef

This classic Southern-Style Tomato Mac and Beef Recipes are one of the most delicious, easy to make, flavorful meals from Southern-American childhoods, made with hearty ground beef, organic tomatoes, green bell peppers, sweet onions,  a healthy dose of garlic, and herbs.

You will fall in love with how easy this recipe for Southern-Style Tomato Mac and Beef comes together on busy work or school nights. It’s one of the comfort foods that I used to make when my son was little after a long day at work, and it’s a total crowd-pleaser with the hubby and kids that won’t stress out the mom.

 

Southern-Style Tomato Mac and BeefMy Grannie always said, “Life is meant to be lived outside of the kitchen some nights.” So if I have a busy day, I want something hot, fast, and flavorful that won’t keep me in the kitchen long or stressed out cleaning up a big mess of dirty dishes or pots and pans. What about Y’all?

I mean, one of the hardest things about being a working parent, is being extremely tired and dealing with picky eaters that are starving.  This is a dinner idea that will keep you from digging out those take menus and hitting the drive-thru windows. You have to love a no-fuss, no muss menu item.

 

 

 

This classic Southern-Style Tomato Mac and Beef Recipes are one of the most delicious, easy to make, flavorful meals from Southern-American childhoods, made with hearty ground beef, organic tomatoes, green bell peppers, sweet onions,  a healthy dose of garlic, and herbs.Have you ever had Southern-Style Mac and Beef? It’s a spin-off of what we Americans know as American Goulash or American Chop Suey  Seriously, almost the same if you get down to the nitty-gritty. Recently, I have also noticed on the web; it is called Southern Spaghetti when you use spaghetti noodles instead of macaroni noodles. It’s funny how things are called one thing or another in different areas of the country.

 

 
 
 

SOUTHERN-STYLE TOMATO MAC AND BEEF RECIPE

 
 
 
Ingredients needed for Southern-Style Tomato Mac and Beef Recipe
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds of lean ground 
  • A few splashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • One large sweet Vidalia onion chopped
  • One green bell pepper diced
  • Five cloves of garlic minced
  • 2-14.5-ounce cans of organic stewed tomatoes
  • 1-8-ounce can of organic tomato sauce
  • Two tablespoons of organic tomato paste
  • Two teaspoons of Italian herb mixture
  • One teaspoon onion powder
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 12-ounces of dry macaroni noodles cooked al dente
  • chopped flat-leaf parsley for the garnish

 

 

 

 

Tips for making and storing the Southern-Style Tomato Mac and Beef

  1. Use 93/7 lean ground beef or 80/20 to make the recipe for Southern-Style Tomato Mac and Beef so that it produces less fat.
  2. The Worcestershire sauce is an ingredient you do not want to leave out; the flavor is incredible.
  3. Use local grown produce and organic, if possible, for the best flavor.
  4. Be sure to use organic tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, and tomato paste for a non-acidic sauce.
  5. Be sure to add the ground cayenne pepper with a light hand; just a tiny pinch goes a long way.
  6. Careful not to overcook your pasta; follow the package instruction for al dente method.
  7. This recipe will safely store in the refrigerator tightly covered for about 3-4 days.
  8. The sauce may be frozen for up to 3 months in a freezer bag or plastic freezer-safe container. 
  9. Do not freeze the pasta; unfortunately, it’s just not very appealing once cooked.

 

 

 

 

 

Southern-Style Tomato Mac and Beef
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Southern-Style Tomato Mac and Beef

This classic Southern-Style Tomato Mac and Beef Recipes are one of the most delicious, easy to make, flavorful meals from Southern-American childhoods, made with hearty ground beef, organic tomatoes, green bell peppers, sweet onions, a healthy dose of garlic, and herbs.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
0 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Southern Spaghetti, Tomato Mac and Beef
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 520kcal
Author: hmccallum

Ingredients

  • pounds Lean ground beef
  • 2 splashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 large Sweet Vidalia onion chopped
  • 1 large Green bell pepper diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2-14.5- ounce cans of organic stewed tomatoes
  • 1-8- ounce can of organic tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Organic tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Italian herbs
  • 1 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1 pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 12- ounces dry macaroni noodles cooked al dente or spaghetti noodles if desired
  • ½ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley for the garnish

Instructions

  • In a large deep metal skillet on medium heat, add the ground beef, a healthy splash of Worcestershire sauce, kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper to own taste, and cook for about 7 minutes, breaking up the lean ground beef as you go.
  • Add the chopped onion, diced green bell pepper, and minced garlic to the metal skillet over medium heat and cook until ground beef is completely done. Drain the ground beef if necessary.
  • Add 2 cans of organic stewed tomatoes, 1 can of organic tomato sauce, the organic tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, and pepper to own taste, to metal skillet; stir to mix combine the ingredients together with ground beef. Cook for about 20 minutes or so.
  • Meanwhile, cook 8-12-ounces of macaroni noodles al dente, according to package directions. Drain the macaroni noodles. I do not rinse mine as it makes the sauce cling a little better.
  • Combine the cooked al dente macaroni noodles and the tomato and beef mixture in a large dish, garnish with the chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 01 | Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Classic Southern-Style Tomato Mac and Beef Recipes are one of the most delicious, easy to make, flavorful meals from Southern-American childhoods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    DeliciousLittleBites
    October 15, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    This is taking me back! My mom used to make something like this but I haven’t had it in so long! Saving this to make soon – delicious!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 10:06 am

      Southern-Style Tomato Mac and Beef is definitely a childhood favorite of so many! So easy and delish!

  • Reply
    Celebrating Sweets
    October 15, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve never had anything like this before – it sounds great! Perfect for the chilly months ahead.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 10:07 am

      Good morning, you definitely have to try it! So good and hearty!

  • Reply
    Tara
    October 15, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    I remember having something like this as a child! Such a wonderful comfort dish. Perfect for using ingredients often on hand too.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 10:07 am

      Hey there, Tara so glad you enjoy the Southern-Style Tomato Mac and Beef, hope you try my version and let me know how it turns out.

  • Reply
    Sara
    October 15, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    This looks awesome for dinner on a chilly day! I haven’t had mac and beef in ages!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 10:08 am

      Hello Ms. Sara, trilled to know you remember this recipe and hope you try my version of Southern-Style Tomato Mac and Beef. Let me know how it turns out.

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    Marlynn Schotland
    October 15, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Ooh, I would LOVE a big bowl of this today! The sun is out but it’s chilly, which calls for some Tomato Mac and Beef! Love the addition of green bell pepper for a little bit of crunch.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 10:09 am

      Hey there Marlynn, definitely needs those green peppers and onions for the flavor too.

  • Reply
    Ben Myhre
    October 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    What a comfort dish that will fill a person up. I love all the flavors in this Mac and Beef and looks like just the kind of easy recipe that will fill the whole family.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 10:23 am

      Southern-Style Tomato Mac and Beef is definitely one of those recipes! I hope you enjoy it when you make it.

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