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Taco Stuffed Shells

Mexican Stuffed Shells, or Taco Stuffed Shells, is a tasty meal for potlucks and an easy weeknight meal. The whole family will love this cheesy casserole with ground beef filling.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican-American
Keyword mexican stuffed shells, taco stuffed shells
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 397kcal
Author Ang Paris


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 20 jumbo pasta shells
  • 1-½ cups salsa or Picante sauce
  • ½ cup taco sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheese divided


  • Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
  • Meanwhile, start browning the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Drain off the grease and turn the temperature down to medium.
  • Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the meat.
  • Then, mix in half of the salsa.
  • Stir in the cream cheese and cover to allow it to melt into the meat mixture.
  • Once the cream cheese is melted, remove the skillet from the heat and allow the meat mixture to cool.
  • Drain the pasta and place the shells into a single layer on a cutting board or baking sheet so that they don't stick together.
  • Preheat the oven to 350-degrees F.
  • Pour the remaining salsa into a 9x13 baking dish and spread evenly all over the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the pasta shells are cool enough to handle, spoon about 2 tablespoons of the taco mixture into each shell.
  • Place the stuffed shells into the baking pan and continue until it is full. If you have a little bit of leftover meat, just add it on top.
  • Add half of the shredded cheese over the stuffed shells.
  • Spoon the taco sauce evenly over the top of the casserole.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
  • Bake for another 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.


Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 728mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 822IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 225mg | Iron: 3mg