Mexican stuffed shells are a delicious combination of Mexican flavors and pasta, with seasoned ground beef and gooey cheese, its a dinner everyone will love!
These Mexican stuffed shells are a fun twist off of traditional Italian style stuffed shells, usually filled with a mixture of cheeses and topped with marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese. Instead these shells are filled with a ground beef and cream cheese mixture, cooked in a bath of enchilada sauce and salsa, all topped with cheddar cheese.
These shells are so fun and delicious to eat. I love having a taco styled mexican meal inside of pasta shells instead of with the typical tortilla, or chips!
These taco stuffed shells taste so good with traditional taco style toppings, they’re delicious topped with:
- shredded lettuce
- diced tomatoes
- sour cream
- sliced green onion
- crushed tortilla chips
- pico de gallo
What’s your favorite taco topping? What would you put on these stuffed shells?
Nate and I both love this meal so much. Every time we make them we just gobble them up and keep going back for more and more because they really are that delicious!
If you don’t trust me, just look at the comments, everyone loves these delicious Mexican stuffed shells!
Although you may eat these up all in one day, if you end up with leftovers they are great for reheating throughout the week, just microwave up your individual portions when reheating for lunches. The stuffed shells should stay good in the fridge covered, for 5-6 days.
Can you Freeze Mexican Stuffed Shells?
These shells also make a great freezer meal! Make a double batch and freeze one of the pans up so you have a delicious meal for later that is already ready to go!
If you freeze a pan of these shells, make sure to cover the pan tightly with foil. It’s best to use a disposable aluminum pan to freeze them so you don’t have to worry about any glass breaking in the freezer.
You will prepare the stuffed shells until just before baking them. When you are ready to enjoy this delicious meal, bake the shells directly from the freezer at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes with the foil on top, then remove it for an additional 15 minutes of baking (so 1 hour total) until the shells are hot throughout and the cheese is nice and bubbly.
You can keep the pan in the freezer for about 3 months for the best results.
These shells make such a tasty meal, especially when paired with some yummy side dishes!
What are good side dishes for these Mexican stuffed shells?
- mexican street corn dip
- refried beans on Kleinworth and Co
- mexican rice on House of Nash Eats
- avocado tomato salad on Taste and Tell
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Mexican Stuffed Shells
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup diced yellow onion (diced)
- 2 TBS taco seasoning
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 8 oz jumbo pasta shells*
- 10 oz enchilada sauce
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
- Bring a large pot of water to boil
- Boil your pasta shells for about 10 minutes, or until cooked al dente according to package directions. Rinse shells when they're done cooking.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Meanwhile cook up your ground beef and onions over medium high heat until cooked thoroughly.
- Drain excess grease from the pan. Add in the taco seasoning and stir to mix.
- Mix in the cream cheese and cook until the cheese is melted throughout. Set aside.
- Combine your enchilada sauce and salsa in a small bowl.
- Pour about half of your enchilada sauce salsa mixture into the bottom a 9x13 pan and spread around to cover.
- Fill each jumbo shell with a heaping 1 TBS of meat mixture and place into the pan with the sauce.
- Repeat util all the shells or meat mixture is gone.
- Pour the remaining enchilada sauce salsa mixture over the top of the shells.
- Wrap pan in aluminum foil.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove foil and top with cheeses.
- Return pan to oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Enjoy this delicious twist of Mexican stuffed shells topped with sour cream!
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