Indiana Chowder (Ground Beef and Noodles Recipe)

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Are you on the hunt for a beefy meal that will please any man’s appetite? Let me tell you, I have been making this recipe for a long time and it is a home run at our house.

I wish I could take credit for this Indiana Chowder, but my it belongs to my sweet friend Kim and her family. Her and her husband’s family have been making it for years. It is really easy and reminds me a lot of goulash- another ground beef and noodles recipe.

(We have no idea where this dish got it’s name. If you read some of the comments you will see that many people have different names for this dish. I love that it is a family favorite everywhere and I adore hearing your stories.)

Indiana chowder a beef and noodle meal

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 oz) bag wide egg noodles (we love no yolks broad noodles)
  • 1 lb hamburger meat
  • chili powder (or half of a pkg. taco seasoning)
  • onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (I use jarred minced garlic)
  • 1 can corn, drained (I prefer to use frozen)
  • 1 can peas, drained (I prefer to use frozen)
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, bring water to a boil for the noodles.

Brown your hamburger meat and onion over a medium heat in a skillet.

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Add the garlic and salt and pepper according to your taste.

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Sprinkle in the taco seasoning or chili powder.

I used chili powder and just added about 1 teaspoon. Season it accord to your liking.

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Once the beef is browned, add the corn, peas and Rotel.

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Combine the meat and veggies well.

Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

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By this point your water should be boiling for the noodles.

Add the noodles to the water and bring to a boil according to the package directions. Generally they cook in about 8 minutes or less.

Once the noodles are done, drain and return back to the pot.

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Pour the meat mixture into the pot with the noodles.

Stir to combine.

Place the pot back on the still warm burner. (The burner is off, but still heated.)

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Cover the top with shredded cheese.

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Place a lid on it and let it set for about 3-5 minutes until the cheese melts.

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Plate it up and you’re good to go.

Serves this with a bread and dinner salad, or by itself.

wide egg noodles and hamburger meat with peas corn and cheese

NOTE: Kim’s husband Mike insists this should be made with cheddar cheese slices placed on top and not shredded cheese. You may choose to switch out the shredded cheese and place 6-8 cheese slices on top of the casserole. Pop a lid on it and let it melt for 5 minutes or so. Make Mike happy, ok? 😉

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Here is a printable version of the recipes.

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Beef Recipes: Indiana Chowder a 30 Minute Meal
Dinner
6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz) bag wide egg noodles
  • 1 lb hamburger meat
  • chili powder (or half of a pkg. taco seasoning)
  • onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (I use jarred minced garlic)
  • 1 can corn, drained (I prefer to use frozen)
  • 1 can peas, drained (I prefer to use frozen)
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil for the noodles.
  2. Brown your hamburger meat and onion over a medium heat in a skillet.
  3. Add the garlic and salt and pepper according to your taste.
  4. Sprinkle in the taco seasoning or chili powder. (I used chili powder and just added about 1 teaspoon. Season it accord to your liking.)
  5. Once the beef is browned, add the corn, peas and Rotel.
  6. Combine the meat and veggies well. Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  7. By this point your water should be boiling for the noodles. Add the noodles to the water and bring to a boil according to the package directions. Generally they cook in about 8 minutes or less.
  8. Once the noodles are done, drain and return back to the pot.
  9. Pour the meat mixture into the pot with the noodles. Stir to combine.
  10. Place the pot back on the still warm burner. (The burner is off, but still heated.)
  11. Cover the top with shredded cheese. Place a lid on it and let it set for about 3-5 minutes until the cheese melts.
  12. Plate it up and you're good to go.

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Comments

  1. Stephanie says

    Do you think the meat mixture could be frozen after it has cooked? Then on serving night, warm the meat mixture, cook the noodles and add the cheese?

    Sounds really good. I would love to try it with my meal exchange group.

  2. says

    I do a weekly menu and today I’ve been stumped for what I want to make this week … thanks to your recipe, I now know at least one meal I’m making! I’m going to feature your recipe in my menu post once I get it finished (later today?) Looks great!
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  3. says

    Your photos are visually stunning! I was thinking I could actually hang them in my kitchen they are sooooo colorful. I love beef and I’m excited to check out your recipes. My first time visiting your site

  4. says

    You are going to laugh I come from the Northeast (Italian-American) your recipe is down right exotic to me. I would never have thought to mix noodles with corn and chilies etc. My son who loves noodles and beef is going to be very excited about this recipe. I will pin it too.

    • says

      Diane- my mother is down right against this much starch. Pasta and corn? She would be beside herself if she knew I fed this to her grandchildren.

  5. Heidi says

    Sounds yummy! I’m getting really tired of my old stand by quick hamburger meals. I definitely need some new recipes! Thanks for this great idea. I’m hosting a linky party “One Creative Weekend” at OneCreativeMommy.com. I’d love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you’d like to share.

    To make my hamburger meals even quicker, I cook the hamburger with onions (and whatever veggies I feel like shredding and sneaking in) and freeze it in meal-sized portions. (I do the same for taco meat–adding taco seasoning.) It makes cooking super speedy on a busy day!
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  6. says

    Hi Crystal!
    I am curious whether or not you know how this got its name?? I am from Indiana ~ born & raised ~ but have never heard of this!! However, it does have some faves in it, & it looks & sounds SO DELICIOUS!!!! I will definitely be making up a batch.

    • says

      I have no idea how it was named. It is a recipe my friend Kim shared with me and her husbands family has made it for years and years. And to my knowledge they have always lived in Texas…. so no clue.

      • furpurr says

        Hello again, Crystal! I have made it a couple of times now; it is a big hit around here – especially with me! 😎
        I am going to try it with the cheese slices; i just now noticed that note about Mike preferring them…& being a major fan of cheese, i believe i agree with him!
        Btw, i used canned veggies, as i prefer the taste of them. I just made sure i drained them really well…but i bet it would taste OUTSTANDING with some fresh, home-grown vegetables!

  7. ChelseaChels says

    I just had a quick question regarding the recipe. I prefer to use frozen vegetables as well, and I was just wondering about how much of each did you add? Also, did you drain the Rotel tomatoes? Thank you and can’t wait to try it!

  8. Mindie says

    Your photos make me drool! LOL Thank you for sharing at the (mis)Adventures Monday Blog Hop. I look forward to what you share this week.

  9. Rhonda Walker says

    My family loves this recipe! This is one of my go-to recipes when I want something quick and delicious.

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