- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 envelopes taco seasoning
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
- 24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS (for each casserole):
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 cup taco sauce
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1-1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips
- 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
- 3 green onions, chopped
- In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.Stir in taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in cream cheese until melted. Transfer to a bowl; cool. Chill for 1 hour.
- Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Gently toss with butter. Fill each shell with about 3 tablespoons of meat mixture. Place 12 shells in a freezer container. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months.
- To prepare remaining shells, spoon salsa into a greased 9-in. square baking dish. Top with stuffed shells and taco sauce. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheeses and chips. Bake 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve with sour cream and onions.
- To use frozen shells: Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours (shells will be partially frozen). Spoon salsa into a greased 9-in. square baking dish; top with shells and taco sauce. Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Sprinkle with cheeses and chips; proceed as directed. Yield: 2 casseroles (6 servings each).
Reviews for Taco-Filled Pasta Shells
"Great recipe. I also added refried beans to the meat to act as a binding agent and to add more protein."
"These were a big hit at our house. I'm looking forward to using the rest of them when I need a convenient, healthy meal.I am always looking for ways to add more veggies to my meals. To this I added diced onion, celery, and red bell peppers. With the additional bulk I had left over filling.I used a cookie scoop to fill the shells, it worked very well."
"At our house we call this Pastaco. My daughter chose these for part of her graduation party which was a Mexican menu."
"This is a go-to recipe for me - great way to make lots of lunches ahead of time too!"
"so easy to make, very tasty."
"We LOVE this dish! I have made it many times and often make it for friends, neighbors and family , it s always a favorite to anyone who has it!"
"These are great! Made for a potluck and everyone liked them."
"Do yourself a favor. If you decide to try this, make your own taco seasoning. The package stuff is way too salty. Ruined my dinner."
"Made this the first time following the recipe except to add a small can of diced mild chilies and a bit of chopped onion to the meat mixture, and it was a success at my table. When making it again last night I found I had no taco sauce, so poured over a can of enchilada sauce from the pantry- family declared it even better than the original- saucy and delicious! This will become a regular in my recipe rotation."