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large pan with ground beef chili with medium shells and cheese with a napkin next to it.

Chili Beef and Shells

This chili beef and shells is a quick comfort food meal made with ground beef, spices, chili, chili beans, pasta, and melted cheese on top.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy meals
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • medium stockpot
  • strainer
  • large saute pan


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 ounces medium pasta shells cooked according to package directions
  • 15.5 ounces chili beans
  • 15.5 ounce chili no beans
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes drained
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • 2 stalks green onions diced
  • tortilla chips for serving


  • Cook the pasta shells according to package directions.
    8 ounces medium pasta shells
  • Add the ground beef to a large saute pan over medium/high heat until no longer pink.
    1 pound ground beef
  • When the beef is about 1/2 way cooked, sprinkle the seasonings and add the garlic over the top of the meat. Stir to combine the seasonings with the meat.
    1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard, 1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 2 garlic cloves
  • Drain grease as needed for the type of beef used.
  • Open both cans of chili and empty into the pan into the ground beef. Drain the tomatoes then add those to the pan too.
    15.5 ounces chili beans, 15.5 ounce chili no beans, 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes
  • Drain the water from the pasta and add to the pan.
  • Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the cheese into the chili mixture.
    2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • Heat and stir the chili mac until the cheese is melted.
  • Top with the rest of the cheese and diced green onions.
    2 cups shredded sharp cheddar, 2 stalks green onions
  • Turn up the heat to the pan and let it melt for about 4 minutes.
  • Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!
    tortilla chips



Tips for making this recipe:

  • Make sure to drain any extra grease from the pan if you are using high-fat content ground beef.
  • To store: add to a covered container. Reheat in the microwave. Eat within 3 days.