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. Jamie — February 16, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

    This dish has become the bane of my existence. I made it ONCE for my boys and now, every week this is what I hear: Mommy! Are TACO STUFFED SHELLS on the menu this week? OR Mommy? *sweetly* could we, you know, maybe have TACO STUFFED SHELLS this week???

    It is as though regular taco night never existed. 🙂 On the bright side, I do have a new bribe!

    Make them if you dare… 😀

  2. Jennifer — September 27, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

    This was very good and I will be making them again next time the missionaries come over for dinner

  3. LF — September 30, 2010 @ 7:51 am

    I know this is obvious, but the shells need to be boiled and cooled first, right? Your recipe doesn’t say, “Cook shells according to package directions. Allow to cool,” but I assume that is really the first step, right?

  4. Bobby — September 30, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    LF- Yes, the noodles need to be boiled and cooled first. Enjoy the recipe.

  5. Stacy — April 7, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    I made these for dinner tonight. We had my mom over and they were a big hit! Everyone loved them. In fact we all went back for seconds! SO Good! Thank you for the great recipe we will definitely be making them again … and again … and again! 😀

  6. Christie — August 9, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    I made these for dinner tonight and they were AMAZING! These are sure to be a repeat hit in my house! Thank you!

  7. Amber — August 18, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    I made these for supper tonight and everyone LOVED them! My husband said they were excellent and even my super picky 3 year old scarfed down 2! Thanks for putting this on pinterest!! 🙂

  8. Rocio — September 14, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    I know it’s a dumb question but I’m new to cooking and wanted to try this out. Can I find taco sauce at walmart?

  9. Bobby — September 14, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    rocio- yes you can find taco sauce at walmart.

  10. Heidi — October 2, 2011 @ 6:27 am

    I just found your website a couple days ago and I’m in love!! I heard about you threw a gf of mine that is ooing and awwwwing over your stuffed taco shells…. LAST NIGHT I MADE THEM AND THEN WERE TO DIE FOR!!!!!! Especially with my moms homemade Salsa, and lots of it!!! Very excited to try some new recipes ~ Winter’s are long in MN you know?! 😉 =)

  11. Abby — October 9, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    Trying this tonight. So far… Mine aren’t as pretty!!! Lol

  12. brittany — October 23, 2011 @ 6:28 am

    This recipe is awesome!!! this will probably be a once a weeker at my house!!! Eveyone loved it and it was very easy! Also leftovers are yummy too! Thanks so much!!!

  13. beth — November 23, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    Found these on pinterest…they sound so good. I think I’m trying them tonight…hopefully my rarely ever eat meat 2 year old will like them. Her older brothers think it looks great!

  14. Jordan — November 27, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    I am going to try this recipe out with my family tomorrow for dinner!. Hope it comes out goood!

  15. Rachelle — December 3, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    I saw this yesterday afternoon and made it for dinner last night…I am not a big fan of taco sauce, so we used RoTel tomatoes with green chiles. It was wonderful:) Thanks for sharing!

  16. Wendy — December 4, 2011 @ 4:21 am

    I made these last night for my husband, mom and dad…Everyone loved them and so did I, this recipe will be added to my recipe box…It is a wonderful recipe and two of my favorites! Thanks for sharing

  17. Charlotte Ferreux — December 4, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

    I love this recipe and blog…I posted it on my community foodie blog. Hope you can come check it out http://www.facebook.com/thefrenchiefoodie

    Also, feel free to post you’re recipes or you’re favourite foodie tips on it whenever you like!

  18. Beth — December 10, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    I made these tonight with ground turkey. My family loved it and so did I. Something different and fairly easy. I will be making these again soon. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Barb — December 28, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    This recipe is amazing and super easy to make. Even my picky eater loved them! Thanks for sharing.

  20. aubrey — January 2, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    i made these tonight, we absoutly LOVE LOVE LOVED them!!!!!

  21. Theresa — January 6, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    I’m making this tomorrow for some very picky eaters,so I wont be adding cream cheese or sour cream 🙁 but I’m sure it will still be amazing!! It looks quite delectable!!

  22. Kasie — January 7, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    I am making these today for a party! They look amazing!

  23. May — January 18, 2012 @ 12:42 am

    I made these for my friends at a potluck and they loved it! I am making them again for another one! 🙂

  24. Melissa — January 19, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    Made this recipe last week – probably one of the best tasting dishes I’ve ever attempted to make, and relatively easy, too! My husband has already asked for me to make it again, twice. Thanks for a great recipe!

  25. calli — January 20, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    Just made this tonight and instead of using cream cheese( nobody in house likes cream cheese) I used 4oz of velveeta and i added some corn, and it was yummy…. thanks 🙂

  26. Ashley — February 5, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    soooooo good!

    I used homemade taco seasoning and homemade salsa with mine and it turned out AMAZING.

  27. Michelle — February 8, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    Yummm….just put this together and have it in the oven. The kids can’t wait for it to finish. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Abby — February 11, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    Thanks! Made this tonight and my family loved it! Even my 4 year old who eats NOTHING!! Thanks again!

  29. Kari — February 12, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    Found this on pinterest. They were awesome! Even my 2.5 and 1yr old loved them! I had to make the taco sauce from scratch as I didn’t have any and we used ground turkey instead of beef. Also added lots of shredded lettuce on top! Thanks, will be making these again!! Oh, and also added onions and chopped pepper with the turkey 🙂

  30. carrie — February 13, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    thanks… made this to take to a friend for a meal and it doubled as our own dinner. I have picky eaters and they didn’t even detect the cream cheese! I think I will try using enchilada sauce next time instead of taco sauce–my family is more used to the taste of enchilada sauce. but it was a great meal and made a large meal. I love the idea of filling them with different items, beans, turkey or even just veggies– spinach would be yummy!

  31. Nicole — February 16, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    All I can say is “What a hit”. The whole family enjoyed it and its going into the favorites file! TY

  32. Mel McCarthy — February 17, 2012 @ 3:13 am

    These look amazing. i make a tortilla pie with similar ingredients, but this is so much more interesting (and looks more appealing plated up, too). Thanks!

  33. Joanne — February 21, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    I made these for my husband and he loved them..However I modified them for my daughter and I and made them vegan by stuffung with the Boca crumbls and pinto beans sauteed together then for the cheese on top veggie cheese shreds…They ROCKED!!!

  34. Devan — February 23, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    About how long does this take to prepare?

  35. Bobby — February 23, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    Devan- should take about an hour or less, not including the baking time.

  36. Aimee — March 1, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    What to do on a snowy night-in in Maine? Try out this recipe of course – I can’t wait!!!!

  37. Sherry — March 1, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    Tried these, they were a hit with the family. I even made a second batch doubling the recipe and froze the stuffed shells to have on hand for a quick dinner! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  38. jan swiatkowski — March 4, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    can’t wait to try this sounds so very good.. always looking for something different to cook….

  39. Tammy — March 6, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

    i found these on Pinterest and i must say that they were totally amazing! i did a small adjustment and added a can of ro-tel when doing the meat mixture and that was a great addition! i prepped them the day before and put them in the fridge and 24 hrs later i heated them up then added the cheese and green onions! AMAZING!

  40. Stephanie — March 9, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    Made this was so good, fast, easy. Whole family loved it and that doesn’t happen very often. This is a keeper. Thanks for the receipe

  41. Allison — March 12, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    Made this tonight and was enjoyed by all.

  42. Crystal Blevins — April 2, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    I made this today and was wondering how many does this AWESOME TASTING recipe serve!?!?!?

  43. Bobby — April 2, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

    Crystal Blevins- depends really on how much people can eat but I would say 2-4 servings.

  44. Nicole — April 6, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

    Love the recipe and love the site. Have been sharing this recipe with friends and family. I’m also sharing it and this site on my blog in an upcoming post!

  45. Amie — May 16, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    This is my second time making these.. they are amazing!! I use 1/3 less fat cream cheese and ground turkey, lowfat cheese, etc. They taste as good as the ones with all the fat, but you feel better about eating them! Thanks for the great recipe!

  46. Jodi B — July 1, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    These were SOOOO good. I too used turkey and you could not tell the difference. I switched medium salsa in place of regular for a kick…we like spicy and the family LOVED these! Thanks so much..

  47. Ali — July 10, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    These look great, I’m going to be making them this week. I saw some people were worried about sodium and cals. You can just do what I’m going to do:

    -sub low-sodium shredded cheese
    -sub fat free cream cheese
    -make your own salsa
    -skip the chips
    -use homemade taco seasoning (just google for recipe, it’s super easy)

    It’s all about taking an idea and making it work for you. Thanks for the idea, Bobby! I NEVER would have thought of this!!!
    use lean ground beef

  48. Cheryl Gora — July 15, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    These were delicious and I loved they they came out looking exactly like the picture. We will definitely be having these again. Thank you for posting the recipe.

  49. Janey — July 28, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Excellent dish-next time, tho I wil try and find low salt taco seasoning/sauce as it was quite salty-otherwise great recipe.

  50. Morgan — August 20, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    This is so good, my boyfriend wants it every week!
    And I didn’t change the recipe at all.

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