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Garbage Plate

Garbage Plate

  • Author: The Commish
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main



For the macaroni salad:

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup celery, sliced thin
  • 1 cup green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped

For the home fries:

  • 3 medium russet potatoes, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the beef chili:

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 16-ounce cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 14 1/2-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

For the finishing touches:

  • 8 hamburgers, cooked
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Mustard, for dressing
  • 8 slices bread


To prepare the macaroni salad:

  1. In a medium saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta, and rinse with cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper. Add macaroni, celery, green pepper and onion. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate.

To prepare the home fries:

  1. Using a colander, rinse potato cubes with cold water and drain well.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Place potato cubes in the skillet, and stir to coat with butter. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cover the skillet with a lid and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the lid, and continue cooking while turning frequently until the cubes are brown and crispy, about 10 minutes.

To prepare the beef chili:

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine the ground beef, onion, bell pepper and minced garlic. Stir until beef crumbles and is cooked through, then drain.
  2. Place beef mixture in a slow cooker. Stir in kidney beans, diced tomatoes, chili powder, salt, pepper and cumin. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.

To assemble the Garbage Plate:

  1. On a large, sturdy plate, scoop a generous helping of macaroni salad. Add an equally generous helping of home fries. Top with two cooked beef patties coated in melted cheese.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the Dijon mustard, horseradish and sour cream. Spread onto the burgers. Ladle a serving of beef chili over the top.


Macaroni and chili can be store-bought. Serve with two slices of Italian bread, if desired.