Taco Stuffed Shells

Taco stuffed shells blend Mexican and Italian food perfectly!  And this stuffed shell recipe is super easy with only 20 minutes of prep time!

Yeah. I know.

Here I am with yet another Mexican-ish recipe.

It will be a miracle if my husband doesn’t divorce me. The poor man just doesn’t care for Mexican food and it’s all I ever seem to cook.

In my defense, I made Chicken Alfredo the other night just to make him smile. Italian food! I deserve an award!

Anyway, Mexican-ish food is delicious. And I call this Mexican-ish, because I’m pretty certain that no one in Mexico actually stuffs pasta shells with ground beef seasoned with one of those small taco seasoning packets from the grocery store. I wonder if they even sell those little packets in Mexico. Probably not.

Stuffed shells recipe made with taco flavors for extra goodness!

So, yeah, this isn’t “real” Mexican food. But, it’s my version of Mexican food and I adore it. Don’t be a hater.

Take this stuffed shell recipe, and try it.  Taco stuffed shells are so good, you will love them, I promise.

If you’re looking for some other pasta flavors with Mexican-ish flavors, you can try Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad and my amazing Cheesy Chicken Taco Pasta.

Also, when I am hosting friends on a low carb diet, my Low Carb Taco Casserole is a frequent request!


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Taco Stuffed Shells

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy recipes, kid-friendly recipes, Taco Tuesday recipes
Calories: 689 kcal

Cheesy stuffed shells filled with taco flavors!


  • 1 pound jumbo shells
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder optional
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 15 oz canned corn
  • 4 oz diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup cheddar grated
  • 1/2 cup monterey jack grated
  • 1 cup salsa
  • Cilantro for garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add the pasta shells. Cook one minute less than pacakge directions state. Drain and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  2. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain fat.
  3. Return the ground beef to the skillet and turn the heat to low. Stir in the taco seasoning, chipotle powder, and water. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cream cheese until completely melted.
  5. Stir in the corn and green chiles and remove the pan from the heat.
  6. Pour the salsa into a 9x13 baking dish and spread to cover the pan evenly.
  7. Fill each pasta shell with the ground beef mixture and place in the baking dish.
  8. Top each pasta shell with a mixture of the grated cheddar and monterey jack cheese.
  9. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the chopped cilantro before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Taco Stuffed Shells
Amount Per Serving
Calories 689 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 1121mg49%
Potassium 656mg19%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 1245IU25%
Vitamin C 6.4mg8%
Calcium 205mg21%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on bunsinmyoven.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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