Taco Stuffed Shells Recipe

Taco Stuffed Shells
Here something interesting for you taco lovers. Instead of regular Italian stuffed shells last night I made Taco stuffed shells! This recipe for taco stuffed shells consists of ground beef and cream cheese for the filling and is topped with tortilla chips and cheese. Make sure to let the filling mixture have enough time to cool before stuffing the shells or you might have a sloppy mess on your hands
J. The traditional pasta sauce is replaced with a combination of salsa and taco sauce… the best part about this is you can make it as hot as you want! Everyone that tried these thought they were great and I thought the flavor was absolutely delicious. The green onions went nicely as a garnish and only adding to the flavor. If you want you can add other things such as black olives, sour cream or whatever you like on tacos on top as well.
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1lb ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
1 4 once package cream cheese
12 large pasta shells
1 cup salsa
1 cup taco sauce
1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
1 cup Monterey jack cheese (shredded)
1 ½ cups tortilla chips (crushed)
3 green onions (chopped)
1 cup sour cream
Cooking Instructions:
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Step 1:
In a fry pan cook ground beef and add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions. Add cream cheese cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Blend well. Set aside and allow to fully cool. While burger is cooking cook the pasta shells, drain and toss well with butter.
Step 2:  Pour salsa in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
Step 3: Stuff each shell with the meat mixture. Place the stuffed shells in the baking dish and cover the tops of the shells with taco sauce.
Step 4: Cover and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Step 5: After 30 minutes, uncover, and sprinkle crushed chips and shredded cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses on top.  Cook for about 15 more minutes. Serve with sour cream, additional salsa, black olives or whatever you think goes good with tacos!
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123 Responses to “Taco Stuffed Shells Recipe”

  1. Kevin — July 15, 2008 @ 4:30 pm

    This is such a great idea! It looks so good!

  2. BeckyB — July 15, 2008 @ 5:49 pm

    Quick question- is it 4 ounces cream cheese (I’m thinking it is) or 14 ounces? This sounds so good and perfect for my somewhat picky 4 yo. thanks!

  3. Bobby — July 15, 2008 @ 6:07 pm

    Kevin – thanks, I really enjoyed it.

    BeckyB – Yes it is just 4ounces. Let me know how you like it.

  4. Vani — July 15, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

    Wonderful creativity… very good recipe:) I will try with chicken 😉

  5. Bobby — July 15, 2008 @ 8:16 pm

    Vani – Chicken sounds great 😀

  6. grace — July 16, 2008 @ 9:47 am

    i’ve gotta say–i greatly prefer this to the italian stuffing. give me heat!! bravo. 🙂

  7. Becky — July 16, 2008 @ 10:10 am

    eeeee! this looks so good. a nice twist on traditional shells. must try this sometime.

  8. Cathy C — July 16, 2008 @ 12:03 pm

    Ok this photo stopped me dead in my food gawking tracks – You put together 2 of my favorite foods, mexican and italian – YUM – love this one


  9. Ivy — July 16, 2008 @ 1:18 pm

    I love any kind of pasta but this one is great. I love the Mexican flavors and your pictures look beatiful.

  10. Bobby — July 16, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

    grace – when I posted this I knew you would enjoy it 😀

    Becky – It’s really good, give it a try!

    Cathy C – Thanks!

    Ivy – I agree, any kind of pasta rules 🙂

  11. Frugal Living — July 16, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

    This is an awesome idea. I love taco seasoning but am vegetarian so would replace with vege ground round or a mixture of beans…

  12. dawn — July 17, 2008 @ 9:06 am

    What a great idea and new twist on stuffed shells. I am trying this for sure.

  13. Bobby — July 17, 2008 @ 10:04 am

    Frugal Living – Hmm, sounds like some good ideas!

    dawg – Thanks, let me know how it turns out.

  14. Utah Caterers — July 17, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

    those look divine! i sure hope i can find me some1 that can cook! 😀

  15. Sally — July 17, 2008 @ 4:20 pm

    This looks delish! I’m going to make it with a little modification – some refried beans on the bottom of each shell before stuffed with beef. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  16. Katie — July 21, 2008 @ 8:14 pm

    I like your version. I made Mexican Lasagna this past week. Yours looks very, very good.

  17. Sarah — July 29, 2008 @ 5:08 am

    I made this last night and it was AMAZING! I will definitely make this again.

  18. Mary — August 12, 2008 @ 4:05 pm

    I made this tonight for my sister & my boyfriend. It was AMAZINGGG!!! 🙂

  19. Missy — August 25, 2008 @ 9:20 am

    I made this last night and it was TO DIE FOR! Everything you love about baked pasta dishes and taco’s combined. I added about a half can of pinto beans to the beef/cheese mixture before stuffing and it was awesome. This is definitely going into the regular rotation! Thanks for a great recipe!

  20. Intisar — September 2, 2008 @ 9:21 pm

    I made this tonight for dinner and really enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing.

  21. julie — September 12, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

    Yum, looks great! Can’t wait to try it.

  22. anna — September 24, 2008 @ 12:38 pm

    i am looking forward to trying it

  23. Patty — October 21, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

    Bobby….i love your site!!

    and this is one of my fav recipes since i discovered it! thanks!!

  24. Kristen — December 13, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

    I made these the night before last exactly like the recipe states then tonight (I was asked again by hubby to make them) I made this with beans instead of beef and still heavenly!!! I say go for it Veggie eaters, It’s delicious either way!

  25. Kaye — December 27, 2008 @ 8:38 pm

    This looks really good! But does anyone know about how many calories would be in each shell? I’d like to know before making.

  26. Phil E. Drifter — December 28, 2008 @ 7:32 am

    kaye: figure it out yourself. It’s not difficult. Add the calorie count of each of the items, then divide by the number of shells made. Stop asking people to do that which you are too lazy to do yourself.

  27. Kaye — December 28, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

    I just thought someone might already know…is that all you have time to do is be rude? Gosh i’m not to lazy I just haven’t bought the ingredients yet so thought maybe someone might already know. I guess you just take any chance to be rude.

  28. Bobby — December 28, 2008 @ 1:48 pm

    Kaye – I would like to apologize for what what was said. This is only a guess but I would assume there are about 200 calories in a shell. This is only a guess though. I hope this helps. Thanks.

    Phil E. Drifter – You are welcomed to comment on my recipes but please show respect to others. Thank you.

  29. Kaye — December 28, 2008 @ 2:15 pm

    Thank’s Bobby =)You’re a nice guy^-^

  30. jeff — January 16, 2009 @ 6:52 am

    mmmmlooks good thanks think i’ll try it

  31. Billy — January 21, 2009 @ 9:24 am

    Great recipe. Made it last night. Only thing I would suggest is to leave out the cream cheese. It drowns out the taco beef flavoring that most people enjoy in regular tacos. I will def be making this again but without the cream cheese. AWESOME RECIPE!!!

  32. Mara @ What's For Dinner? — February 1, 2009 @ 11:14 am

    I’m totally making these!!! Thanks for the idea!

  33. Ruth — February 11, 2009 @ 10:49 am

    This absolutely looks scrumptious! One question, would you be able to provide calories, saturated fat and sodium contents? My husband had heart surgery last year, so we are watching the above, especially sodium.

    Pictures make our mouths water!

  34. Eric Hoffman — February 13, 2009 @ 10:50 am

    Looks great. Neat idea. I bet it would be great comfort food.

  35. Bobby — February 14, 2009 @ 8:22 am

    Ruth – It is delicious but it isnt very healthy 🙂
    I can give you an estimate on what you asked for but it is probably a little more.

    cal – 586
    sat fat. 25.4 grams
    sodium – 1060mg

    per serving. Recipe makes 5 servings. I hope this hhelps.

  36. PastasticMatt — April 17, 2009 @ 7:08 am

    A mouthwatering idea sir, bravo!

  37. Suzanne — April 21, 2009 @ 3:31 am

    What an amazing idea! I can’t wait to make these. Thanks for posting the recipe!!

  38. la petite chef — June 9, 2009 @ 12:06 pm

    YUM!! These look absolutely delicious and professional! Thanks for the recipe!

  39. Tara — June 10, 2009 @ 10:50 am

    Sending hubby out to pick up ingrediants right now. I can’t wait to try these! The picture alone is mouth watering!

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  41. Laurie — June 28, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

    This sounds great! Cant wait to try it. I was wondering, though – what do you personally think is the best taco seasoning? Thanks!

  42. Bobby — June 29, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

    Laurie – I just use the taco bell brand, Haha, I know! I don’t have alot of variety where I live.

  43. Laurie — June 30, 2009 @ 7:49 pm

    Thanks! I ended up with Ortega — ohmygoodness! These were delicious! My husband was quite pleased that I changed things up a bit! 🙂 My 3.5 year old loved them, too!! Thanks so much! I knew subscribing would be a good idea! 😉

    Next up – grilled shrimp! 😀

  44. Bobby — June 30, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

    Laurie – I am glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  45. Jim — August 9, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

    These were great! I used shredded chicken breasts and black beans instead of ground beef and skipped the taco seasoning in lieu of of my own spice mixture. I’ll definitely be making again!

  46. Amanda — August 18, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

    Mmmm! I made this last night. I threw in some green peppers with the meat and it was great! Only problem is, the noodles we’re kind of crunchy. Is that normal? Obviously I’m not your everyday cook.

    I will be making this again!

  47. Bobby — August 18, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

    Amanda – Next time just let the shells boil for a little longer. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  48. Amber — September 6, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

    i make something very similar to this but i add refried beans to .. i love it its easy and something my family will eat 🙂

  49. Theresa — October 22, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

    This dish was sooo yummy! My fiance (who DOES NOT cook.. ever) made it for me and our two boys on a night I was too busy to cook, the boy’s loved it and so did I! This will definitely be going in recipe Rolodex!

  50. Erika — January 24, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    These were so good! I can’t eat ground beef so I used ground turkey. I can’t wait to make them again.

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