Taco Stuffed Shells

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Taco Stuffed Shells are a magnificent blend of Mexican and Italian food. Jumbo pasta shells are stuffed with taco-seasoned ground beef, black beans, corn, salsa, and cheese.

Jumbo Shells stuffed with taco mixture in a baking dish

 

It’s an easy meal the whole family will enjoy. Best of all it can be assembled ahead of time, even a day in advance and then it just takes 20 minutes to bake.

Serve them with a side salad and you have a full meal. This recipe is great for stretching a pound of ground beef into a meal that will serve 6 people.

How To Make Taco Stuffed Shells Spicy:

Use spicy taco seasoning and serve with Cholulu Hot Sauce– my favorite hot sauce for Mexican food.

Taco Stuffed Shells in a baking dish

Recipe Tips:

  • Be sure to buy Jumbo pasta shells.
  • Only cook the shells to al dente. They will cook more in the oven.
  • Can be frozen. Place them in a foil baking pan. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze before baking. Place them in the refrigerator the night before you want to cook them.
  • Green pepper can be used instead of red.
  • Ground turkey can be substituted for ground beef.
  • If you want to add more veggies, try adding diced zucchini.

serving spoon scooping up a Taco Stuffed Shell

Try These Other Recipes Using Pasta Shells:

Jumbo Shells stuffed with taco mixture in a baking dish

Taco Stuffed Shells

Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pasta
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 587kcal
Taco Stuffed Shells are a magnificent blend of Mexican and Italian food. Jumbo pasta shells are stuffed with taco-seasoned ground beef, black beans, corn, salsa, and cheese.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 box jumbo pasta shells, cooked and drained
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 medium yellow or sweet onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (1-ounce) packet taco seasoning
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen or fresh corn, cooked
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13x9-inch baking dish.
  • Place a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and break it apart with a wooden spoon.
    Add onion and bell pepper and continue to cook until the ground beef has no more pink.
  • Add the taco seasoning and cook 1 more minute. Remove from heat and stir in the black beans, corn, salsa, and 1 cup of cheese.
  • Fill each shell with filling and place in prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining cheese and the green onions on top.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
    Uncover and bake another 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 587kcal

close-up of Taco Stuffed Shells

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