Mexican Stuffed Shells

Who doesn’t love a little Mexican mixed with their Italian dishes?
If the word Mexican is placed in front of the word food, then it is game on kids.
Game on.

A friend emailed this recipe to me months ago and I only just recently tested it out. Yeap, I’m an idiot.
Or I’m completely lazy. Not sure which description fits me best here.

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So please don’t make my mistakes.
Instead, just go ahead and make this now.

Mexican Stuffed Shells
{printable version here}
Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
4oz cream cheese
12 jumbo pasta shells
1 cup salsa / taco sauce (I used the sauce)
1 cup mexican cheese blend
scallions

To make:
-brown ground beef. drain. return to saute pan. add taco seasoning. prepare according to package directions.
-add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese has melted. mix well. set aside. cool completely.
-meanwhile, prepare shells according to directions. drain , then set shells out individually on a flat surface (cutting board, etc.)
-pour salsa/sauce on bottom of 9×13 inch baking dish.
-stuff each shell with meat mixture. place shells open side up in baking dish.
-cover shells with taco sauce.
-cover and bake for 30 minutes.
-add cheese blend and bake another 10-15 minutes.
-top with diced scallions.

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Serve with a pitcher of margaritas.
Or a nice bottle of pinot noir.
I mean let’s be honest, this dish has a total identity crisis.

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18 Comments

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18 responses to “Mexican Stuffed Shells

  1. Wow! That looks delicious and so easy to make. I can’t believe you were so lazy and didn’t make it right away!

    Ps. The photos have really nice composition .

  2. pajamadays

    Just printed – I can’t wait to make this! I might even make a little queso “sauce” to go with it. Everything is better with Rotel. : )

  3. rhooby

    this looks really good. did you like it?

  4. Amy

    They’re like little mini tacos, only in a pasta shell. Brilliant!
    And not a single slice of Velveeta.

  5. Sorry. You’re blasphemizin’ the stuffed shells here. I can’t be a participant. :) I did think you you last night when I made tortelloni alfredo. Okay, so it was Butoni chicken & prosciutto store-bought tortelloni. But, I did mix the heavy cream, butter, pepper and half a jar of grated parm together to make my own sauce. Does that count?

    • oh no! i promise, pp, i was not trying to deman the shells. this dish was pretty tasty.
      and i’m so proud of you for putting together such a meal! sounds like something right up my alley. :)

  6. Oh my YUM. That looks really good. I think I may make this tonight!

  7. ok. really. I am going to be a cow because of your blog.

  8. Dick Slattery

    This looks really tasty. Think I’ll make this one for pop this next week. I’m also going to send you a chicken curry recipe that you might like to make and put on the blog. It’s great fun and delicious! Good for a large group of people.
    Mom

  9. you had me at cream cheese

  10. wowza! That.looks.UBER.yum.yum!

  11. malloryconger

    i found your blog when it was featured on the wordpress homepage for dinner parties. after doing some reading, i printed quite a few of your recipes to try. these mexican stuffed shells were the first ones we tried – DELICIOUS! we made them a 2nd time and used turkey meat as a beef substitute and added chopped jalapenos to the meat, so delicious. THANK YOU!

    • mallory- so glad you came back! yeap, this little recipe is one of those silent assassins. you would never expect it to be so tasty! but i like your use of turkey instead of ground beef. i may have to go that route next time. :)

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