Ok, admittedly I tweak EVERY recipe I use. So don't be put off by the seemingly vast amount of tweaking I used for this recipe. First, i browned the beef with salt, pepper, garlic powder and a bit of Worchestershire sauce. Also I used about half a large sweet onion (about 1 cup chopped) and 1/2 of a red bell pepper. I did not use stewed tomatoes but instead used 1 8oz can of tomato sauce (no paste) combine with enough diced tomatoes with the juice for the total tomato mix to come to about 4 cups. Then i added a splash of extra water in order to cook the mac satisfactorily (which it did, cooking seperately was not necessary). I used 3 tsp of paprika and only 1 tsp chili, and used 3 cloves fresh garlic instead of just one. I also gave it a dash of ceyenne pepper and red pepper flakes for some kick but i'm not sure it needed it...it turned out a bit too spicey for my taste but probably not spicey enough for my husband's. After these modifications, it turned out VERY good, plus it was very quick and easy.
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Ok, admittedly I tweak EVERY recipe I use. So don't be put off by the seemingly vast amount...