Queso & Shells




Yield 6 Servings


1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp taco seasoning ( I love Trader Joes Taco Seasoning)

1 can rotel tomatoes and green chilis

1/4 cup cilantro chopped

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp chili powder

2-3 serrano peppers finely diced

1 onion finely diced

1 red bell pepper finely diced

1 green bell pepper finely diced

16 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed (Purchase a 32 oz container)

1.5- 2 cups half & half

1/2 cup frozen corn

2 tbsp oil

1-1.5 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

2 tsp sriracha

1 box medium pasta shells 


  1. In a large pot heat oil over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the serrano peppers. Let them splutter for about 30 seconds and then add in the diced onions and peppers with a pinch of salt. Continue to cook until they are softened.
  2. Add garlic, saute for about a minute until garlic is fragrant and then add in the taco seasoning, corn, chili powder and cumin powder while stirring continuously- reduce heat to low if things begin to stick.
  3. With the heat set to medium low, Add the can of hotel tomatoes to the pan, give it a quick stir  and then dd in half of the cubed cheese along with 1 cup of the half & half and stir until everything is well incorporated. Slowly add in the remaining cheese and half and half, stirring over low heat to make sure the cheese melts. 
  4. Add in the sriracha, chopped cilantro stir and making sure the stove is set to low heat, add in one handful at a time of the shredded cheddar cheese letting it melt slowly. Add more or less cheese as you want.

***If you want a thicker cheesier consistency, add more shredded cheese. If you want the sauce to be a little more loose and "saucy" add in some more half and half or milk to thin out the sauce or add in more cubed Velveeta.**

Recipe by The Chutney Life at