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Easy one pot Beefy Enchilada Shells recipe | lecremedelacrumb.com

Beefy Enchilada Shells

Easy 30-minute, one pot Beefy Enchilada Shells made with savory ground beef, tender pasta shells, and loads of ooey gooey Mexican cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Tiffany


  • 16 ounces small or medium pasta shells
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 4 10-ounce cans medium enchilada sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar and/or monterey jack cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • avocado, sour cream, tomatoes, cilantro optional toppings


  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  • Saute ground beef in a large skillet, sprinkle with chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne, continue to cook until beef is browned.
  • Add enchilada sauce to pan, bring to a simmer.
  • Stir in pasta shells and season salt with salt to taste.
  • Stir in half of the cheese until melted. Top with remaining cheese and cover for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted on top.
  • Add toppings as desired and serve.