One-Pot Southwest Macaroni

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I love an easy weeknight dinner.While my boys aren’t in school (yet), it’s still nice to have a dinner I can count on the whole family liking.  And it doesn’t hurt if that dinner doesn’t take 3 hours to prepare or load the sink full of dishes.  This One-Pot Southwest Macaroni is definitely a keeper.  Yay!


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I had only ever thought of Manwich as a sloppy joe sauce.  I mean that’s what it’s all about…right?  {Are you singing the Hokey Pokey now?}  But when I grabbed a can of Original flavor Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce I saw there was a recipe idea on the side of the can – Sloppy Joe Cornbread Bake.  It sounded good.  But then I saw Manwich had more recipes online.  I just couldn’t help myself.  I clicked over to the Manwich Recipes page and got some more ideas.


The Chuckwagon Beef & Bean Skillet caught my eye.  I had most of what I needed  to make the dish.  I started improvising with what I had on hand, and it got a little southwest on me.  Go figure.  I made everything in my Calphalon 5 quart saucepan.


One-Pot Southwest Macaroni | White Lights on Wednesday

Everything came together really easily.  There were hardly any dishes, and we scarfed everything down.


One-Pot Southwest Macaroni | White Lights on Wednesday

I think next time I’ll try try the Manwich BOLD flavor.  It’s got more attitude, and you can never get too spicy with a southwestern flavored dish.  I already have so many ideas how to start mixing and matching this dish for a little variety and to find the perfect flavor combination.  This time I cleaned out the pantry a little instead of going die hard “here’s the perfect recipe to embody what my brain is thinking and I’ll do any thing I can to get the right ingredients.”  I’m that girl sometimes.


One-Pot Southwest Macaroni | White Lights on Wednesday

One-Pot Southwest Macaroni

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 to 3
Author Julie Espy {White Lights on Wednesday}


  • 8 ounces macaroni pasta
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup Manwich Original flavor Sloppy Joe Sauce
  • 1/2 can Great Northern Beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon adobo seasoning
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil; add macaroni. Cook according to package directions. Drain; set aside.
  2. In the same pot, brown ground beef over medium-high heat until all pink is gone. Drain grease. Add 1/2 cup Manwich sauce, beans, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder, adobo seasoning, and jalapeno. Stir until well combined. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add 1/4 cup Manwich sauce and macaroni. Stir to combine, until pasta is well coated.
  4. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the dish. Cover pot, and turn off heat. Let sit for 2 to 3 minutes, until cheese melts. Serve warm.


Manwich GIveaway {Closed} | White Lights on Wednesday


Since I want to make this dish as easy as possible for you to make, I’m giveaway an awesome Manwich Weekend Meal Prize Pack to one lucky reader.  Up for grabs:

  • 1 sample of each of the 3 Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce varieties: Original, Thick & Chunky, and Bold
  • 4 mess-friendly Manwich bibs  {these bibs are no joke!}
  • Mess-free wipes
  • Manwich wooden spoon
  • 5-quart Calphalon saucepan
  • $30 gift card for groceries


*Giveaway is open to US residents only.  Entrant must be 18 years or older.  Giveaway is hosted by WLOW and product distributed by IZEA media.  Giveaway runs from August 15th to August 20th.  Giveaway winner will have 48 hours to reply to winner notification email or another winner will be chosen.  Winner will be chosen by  Social media accounts that appear to be primarily for giveaways are not eligible, and those entries will be disqualified.


To Enter:

Visit the Manwich recipe page and tell me what recipe you want to try.   {Don’t forget to leave your email address too!}


The winner is Diane from Vintage Zest – comment #8!



And I’m totally jealous of the vintage kitchen in some of the Manwich TV Ads.  You’ll see what I mean.

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  1. says

    I think the Sloppy Joe’s Tacos would be a big hit around my house. Who am I kidding? Any of the recipes would probably go over well. Now I know what to try with those extra cans hanging around in my basement.

  2. Heather says

    My famly would like to try the Sloppy Joe Slider Pull Aparts. Who doesn’t like Manwich and Hawaiian Rolls?!

  3. Wehaf says

    I want to try the Sloppy Joe Slider Pull Aparts; wouldn’t they be great for a party?

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  4. Marie Bazinet says

    So I made this last night and I just wanted to share! I made a few changes based on what I had on hand and the fact that my boyfriend is a total carnivore:) For starters I doubled the hamburger (carnivore..). So naturally I doubled the seasoning. With that said, I once made Emeril’s Creole Seasoning for his stuffed shells (it yielded A LOT!) So I used that in place of the adobo because it had a lot of the same ingredients. It’s actually really good and great on fish FYI! I had fresh pinto beans on hand and I used just a little over half a jalapeno, leaving the seeds in. I also used the original manwich sauce (the entire can) because I had a feeling between the jalapeno and creole seasoning it would add the perfect amount of spice – It DID! I stuck with the 8oz of macaroni and used about 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar. We garnished it with some sour cream and crumbled blue corn tortilla chips on top of our bowls for a little added CRUNCH! It was fantastic! It’s definitely being added to the rotation. 🙂

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