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A close up of shell pasta with cilantro, beef, and cheese.

Taco Stuffed Shells

Cheesy stuffed shells filled with taco flavors!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy recipes, kid-friendly recipes, Taco Tuesday recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 689kcal


  • 1 pound jumbo shells
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 15 oz canned corn
  • 4 oz diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 cup shredded monterey jack
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • cilantro for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 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.
  • While the pasta is cooking, brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain fat.
  • Return the ground beef to the skillet and turn the heat to low. Stir in the taco seasoning and water. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the cream cheese until completely melted.
  • Stir in the corn and green chiles and remove the pan from the heat.
  • Pour the salsa into a 9x13 baking dish and spread to cover the pan evenly.
  • Fill each pasta shell with the ground beef mixture and place in the baking dish.
  • Top each pasta shell with a mixture of the shredded cheddar and monterey jack cheese.
  • Cover the pan with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the chopped cilantro before serving.


Serve with pico de gallo, guacamale, and sour cream to complete your meal!


Calories: 689kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1121mg | Potassium: 656mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1245IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 3.6mg