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  • PREP TIME15minutes 
  • COOK TIME30minutes 
  • TOTAL TIME45minutes 
  • COURSEMain Course


1.5 pounds 680 grams of ground beef

1 garlic clove minced

Freshly ground black pepper to taste


Sazon perfecta seasoning to taste

2 cups 200 grams of medium-sized pasta shells

¼ cup 60 milliliters of oil

4 cups 960 milliliters of water

2 tablespoons of granulated knorr chicken bouillon

4 tablespoons of granulated knorr tomato bouillon

3 serrano chiles diced

½ onion chopped

1 can of Rotel

A handful of chopped cilantro

Garlic and onion powder to taste

2 packets of red sazon

1 bay leaf


In a skillet, cook the ground beef with minced garlic, freshly ground black pepper, and Sazon perfecta seasoning. While the meat is cooking, in a separate deep skillet, heat the oil and add the pasta shells. Stir and cook until the shells turn golden brown.

Drain any excess grease from the cooked ground beef, then add the meat to the skillet with the pasta shells. Pour in the water, granulated Knorr chicken bouillon, granulated Knorr tomato bouillon, diced serrano chiles, chopped onion, Rotel, chopped cilantro, garlic and onion powder, red Sazon packets, and the bay leaf. Adjust the seasonings according to your taste preferences.

Stir the mixture well, cover the skillet, and let it cookon medium-high heat until the pasta shells reach al dente perfection. This typically takes around 10-12 minutes, but keep an eye on it and stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Once the shells are cooked to your desired texture, remove the skillet from the heat and get ready to savor the flavors. Serve the Mexican Pasta Shells with Ground Beef while it’s still hot and watch as your loved ones gather around, eagerly digging into this delicious meal.


Feel free to customize this recipe to suit your preferences. Add additional vegetables like bell peppers or corn for extra color and texture.

If you prefer a milder heat level, you can reduce the amount of diced serrano chiles or remove the seeds before adding them.

Don’t forget to adjust the garlic and onion powder according to your taste. You can start with a small amount and gradually add more until you achieve the desired flavor.

This recipe is perfect for meal prepping or leftovers. Simply store any unused portions in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Enjoy this Mexican Pasta Shells with Ground Beef on its own or pair it with a fresh salad or warm tortillas for a complete and satisfying meal.


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