Beefy Shells & Cheese Dinner

Kimberly Kay


This is a nice warm skillet dinner that I originally adapted from a 'Taste Of Home' recipe cards booklet that I picked up in the checkout line at the grocery store. I say 'adapted' because I made a few minor changes (see below).

*I omitted the water and cooked the macaroni separately because I was afraid that it would make it too runny.

**I used red kidney beans instead because I couldn't get any black beans (the store was out).

★★★★★ 2 votes
6 to 8
35 Min


1 lb
ground beef
1 pkg
(12 oz.) shells and cheese dinner mix (such as velveeta)
2 c
water* (see my notes)
1 1/4 c
1 (15 oz.) can(s)
black beans** (see my notes)
1 to 2 tsp
chili powder
1/8 tsp

How to Make Beefy Shells & Cheese Dinner


  • 1In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink and drain.
  • 2Set aside cheese sauce packet from dinner mix; add shells and water to skillet; bring to a boil; cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until pasta I tender.
  • 3Stir in the salsa, beans, chili powder, salt and contents of the cheese sauce packet; remove from heat and cover; let stand for 5 minutes.

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About Beefy Shells & Cheese Dinner

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta
Other Tag: Quick & Easy