Taco Stuffed Shells


Taco Stuffed Shells are a delicious and fun twist on traditional stuffed shells, combining the flavors of tacos with pasta for a unique and satisfying meal. This dish is perfect for family dinners or gatherings, offering a blend of creamy, cheesy, and savory flavors that everyone will love.


  • 8 oz. jumbo shell pasta
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 5 oz. cream cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup shredded taco blend cheese
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Cook the Pasta:
    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the jumbo shell pasta and cook until al dente, according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse the pasta in cold water to prevent the shells from sticking together. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  3. Prepare the Meat Filling:
    • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the ground beef. Cook until the beef is completely browned, breaking it up into crumbles as it cooks. Drain any excess fat.
    • Add the minced garlic to the skillet and sauté for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
    • Stir in the taco seasoning packet, cream cheese, and salsa. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the cream cheese is fully melted and the mixture is well combined.
    • Remove the skillet from the heat and let the meat mixture cool slightly.
  4. Stuff the Shells:
    • Spoon the ground beef mixture into each cooked jumbo shell pasta. Arrange the stuffed shells in a well-greased 9×13-inch baking dish.
  5. Bake:
    • Sprinkle the shredded taco blend cheese evenly over the top of the stuffed shells.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  6. Garnish and Serve:
    • Remove the baking dish from the oven and garnish with the chopped green onions.
    • Serve the taco stuffed shells warm, and enjoy!


  • Toppings: Customize your taco stuffed shells with your favorite taco toppings such as sour cream, diced tomatoes, jalapeños, or avocado.
  • Cheese: Use any cheese blend you like. Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a Mexican blend work well.
  • Vegetarian Option: Substitute the ground beef with black beans or a meatless ground beef alternative for a vegetarian version.

These Taco Stuffed Shells are sure to become a family favorite with their delicious blend of taco flavors and cheesy goodness. Enjoy this fun and easy-to-make dish for a comforting and satisfying meal!


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