Mexi Shells

Make an easy pasta dish pepped up with salsa, beans, chiles and cheese.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 55 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

18
uncooked jumbo pasta shells
3/4
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
1
tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1
teaspoon ground cumin
1
can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles, drained
1
can (15 oz) chili beans in sauce, undrained
2
jars (16 oz each) Old El Paso™ Thick 'n Chunky salsa
1
cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz)
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Cook and drain pasta shells as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in cilantro, cumin, chiles and beans.
  • 3 In ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish, spread 1 cup of the salsa. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons beef mixture into each shell. Place shells, filled sides up, on salsa in dish. Pour remaining salsa evenly over shells. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • 4 Cover with foil; bake 30 minutes. Uncover; let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips

For a bit more spice, use 1 jalapeño chile, seeded and chopped, instead of the canned green chiles.

You'll want to make two pans of this family-pleasing casserole. Serve one for dinner tonight, and put the other in the freezer. Then when there's no time to cook, just thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bake as directed.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
420
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
50mg
50%;
Sodium
2220mg
2220%;
Total Carbohydrate
51g
51%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
9g
9%
),
Protein
22g
22%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.