Taco Stuffed Shells

Quick and easy dinner recipe the entire family will love!

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This Main Dish is Perfect For Picky Eaters

If your family struggles to find dinner ideas that everyone can agree on, then this recipe is for you! The kids and adults will be equally pleased. It’s not only delicious, it’s also cheap and easy to make. You can, of course, customize it to your own liking, but the main ingredients are simple: pasta shells, ground beef, sauce, cream cheese, and shredded cheese. Bake, eat and voila! Everyone is full and happy.

This Mexican inspired recipe is also quite unique. Combing taco ingredients with pasta is really fun and tasty. Top them with onion, avocado, sour cream, tomato, jalapeΓ±o, or anything else you’d like. Either way, they’re pretty darn good.

Cheap and easy dinner recipe for the family! Great for kids and picky eaters. This budget friendly main dish is always a hit! Made with ground beef, cream cheese, pasta shells and sauce. Super quick and simple to make! Taco Stuffed Shells Recipe (a Mexican inspired dinner idea) #maindish #dinnerideas #tacostuffedshells #instrupix

While the pasta shells are cooking, you’re going to start off by browning the beef and mixing it with taco seasoning, salsa and cream cheese. This is going to be the stuffing.

Taco Stuffed Shells Recipe (a Mexican inspired dinner idea). Cheap and easy dinner recipe for the family! Great for kids and picky eaters. This budget friendly main dish is always a hit! Made with ground beef, cream cheese, pasta shells and sauce. Super quick and simple to make! #maindish #dinnerideas #tacostuffedshells #instrupix

Generously stuff each shell with a generous amount of the beef mixture.

Taco Stuffed Shells Recipe (a Mexican inspired dinner idea). Cheap and easy dinner recipe for the family! Great for kids and picky eaters. This budget friendly main dish is always a hit! Made with ground beef, cream cheese, pasta shells and sauce. Super quick and simple to make! #maindish #dinnerideas #tacostuffedshells #instrupix

Cover the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with half of the enchilada sauce, and place the stuffed shells tightly next to each other. Drizzle with remaining sauce.

Taco Stuffed Shells Recipe (a Mexican inspired dinner idea). Cheap and easy dinner recipe for the family! Great for kids and picky eaters. This budget friendly main dish is always a hit! Made with ground beef, cream cheese, pasta shells and sauce. Super quick and simple to make! #maindish #dinnerideas #tacostuffedshells #instrupix

Top with your cheese blend.

taco stuffed shells recipe

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes.

Taco Stuffed Shells Recipe (a Mexican inspired dinner idea). Cheap and easy dinner recipe for the family! Great for kids and picky eaters. This budget friendly main dish is always a hit! Made with ground beef, cream cheese, pasta shells and sauce. Super quick and simple to make! #maindish #dinnerideas #tacostuffedshells #instrupix

They should come out of the oven looking really cheesy and delicious.

Taco Stuffed Shells Recipe (a Mexican inspired dinner idea). Cheap and easy dinner recipe for the family! Great for kids and picky eaters. This budget friendly main dish is always a hit! Made with ground beef, cream cheese, pasta shells and sauce. Super quick and simple to make! #maindish #dinnerideas #tacostuffedshells #instrupix

Serve alone or with Spanish rice, veggies or salad. If you end up with any leftovers, they are just as good the next day.

Taco Stuffed Shells Recipe (a Mexican inspired dinner idea). Cheap and easy dinner recipe for the family! Great for kids and picky eaters. This budget friendly main dish is always a hit! Made with ground beef, cream cheese, pasta shells and sauce. Super quick and simple to make! #maindish #dinnerideas #tacostuffedshells #instrupix

Taco Stuffed Shells Recipe (Easy Dinner Idea For The Family)

This Mexican inspired main dish is great for picky eaters! Everyone, including the kids, will love it.  It's quick, easy and made with simple ingredients: ground beef, cream cheese, sauce, pasta shells and more cheese. It's also cheap and budget friendly! 

Servings: 6
Ingredients
  • 22-24 jumbo pasta shells (a little more than half a box)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup mild salsa
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 (10oz) can red enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese blend (or cheese of choice)
Optional Topping Ideas:
  • green onions
  • avocado
  • diced tomatoes
  • sour cream
  • olives
  • jalapeΓ±os
  • hot sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Cook the shells according to the package directions (it's okay if they are a little firm since you will also be baking them). Once cooked, lay them out individually so that they don't stick together.

  3. In a skillet, cook and chop the ground beef until brown; remove any excess grease. Add the salsa and taco seasoning to the beef and combine.

  4. Add the cream cheese to the beef and stir until the cream cheese is thoroughly melted (if you cut the cream cheese into smaller pieces it melts a lot faster).

  5. Pour about half of the enchilada sauce onto the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.

  6. Stuff the shells with the beef mixture and place them into the sauced dish. Once finished, drizzle with the remaining enchilada sauce and top with cheese.

  7. Bake for about 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  • These stuffed shells are fabulous served with Spanish rice and topped with sour cream, tomatoes, avocado and green onion.
  • Make it vegetarian with black beans or refried beans instead of the beef. You could also add corn, rice, or bell peppers.
  • Because you won't be using the entire box of shells, you could double the recipe and then have plenty for leftover the next day (or freeze it for later).Β 

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Taco Stuffed Shells - Cheap and easy dinner idea for the family! My kids love this recipe. It's a super fun twist on Mexican food! Great for busy weeknights. You can make it ahead of time, and then throw it in the oven. #instrupix
Cheap and easy dinner recipe for the family! Great for kids and picky eaters. This budget friendly main dish is always a hit! Made with ground beef, cream cheese, pasta shells and sauce. Super quick and simple to make! Taco Stuffed Shells Recipe (a Mexican inspired dinner idea) #maindish #dinnerideas #tacostuffedshells #instrupixTaco Stuffed Shells Recipe (a Mexican inspired dinner idea). Cheap and easy dinner recipe for the family! Great for kids and picky eaters. This budget friendly main dish is always a hit! Made with ground beef, cream cheese, pasta shells and sauce. Super quick and simple to make! #maindish #dinnerideas #tacostuffedshells #instrupixCheap and easy dinner recipe for the family! Great for kids and picky eaters. This budget friendly main dish is always a hit! Made with ground beef, cream cheese, pasta shells and sauce. Super quick and simple to make! Taco Stuffed Shells Recipe (a Mexican inspired dinner idea) #maindish #dinnerideas #tacostuffedshells #instrupixQuick and easy dinner ideas for the family (great for picky eaters and kids). Simple ingredients that are cheap and budget friendly, too. #instrupix #dinnerideas

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