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Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells

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  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 55 min
  • Servings 6
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Get ready for a dinner that combines two family favorites: tacos and pasta! This taco stuffed shell recipe serves 6 and looks oh-so-impressive, but it's simple to pull together. Catch us making this fun fusion again and again!
Updated Mar 9, 2023
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  • 12 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup from 1 bottle (9 oz) Old El Paso™ Mild Taco Sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup crushed corn chips
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350° F. Spray 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta shells as directed on package.
  • 2
    In 10-inch skillet, cook ground beef and onion over medium-high heat 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain.
  • 3
    Stir chili powder, cream cheese and 1/4 cup of the taco sauce into the beef mixture. Heat over medium-low heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
  • 4
    Fill pasta shells with beef mixture, using about 2 tablespoons for each shell. Place filled shells in dish. Pour remaining taco sauce over shells.
  • 5
    Cover; bake 20 minutes. Remove dish from oven; uncover. Sprinkle cheese and corn chips over shells. Bake about 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Garnish pasta shells with sour cream and green onions.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Be sure to purchase jumbo-size pasta shells for this taco stuffed shell recipe so they'll hold all the filling. Shells also come in small and medium sizes.
  • tip 2
    To prep these Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells ahead of time, cover and refrigerate pan of unbaked taco stuffed shells up to 24 hours. Increase first bake time to 25 minutes.


585 Calories, 30g Total Fat, 29g Protein, 53g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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