Microwave Mexican Manicotti

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

A coworker shared this recipe with me several years ago. It is a quick and easy meal for busy nights. I have added seasonings to the beef and bean mixture, used Mexican blend cheese, and served with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and diced onions.


  1. Combine (uncooked) ground beef with refried beans.
  2. Stuff manicotti shells with ground beef/bean mixture and place in a medium casserole dish.
  3. Combine taco sauce and water.
  4. Pour over filled shells.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap.
  6. Cook on High for 10 minutes.
  7. Turn shells over.
  8. Cook 17 minutes at 70% power with wrap vented.
  9. Remove wrap; sprinkle with cheese.
  10. Heat until cheese is melted.
  11. Serve with sour cream and black olives.
Most Helpful

This has a great taste and my husband said "the perfect amount of kick". The only problem I had was with making sure the noddles were cooking. I did add some additional taco sauce and cook another 10 mins on 50% to let them cook a little longer. I think next time I will precook the noodles following the instructions for making plain old manicotti in the microwave.

Diana in KS September 18, 2008

This was a wonderful recipe on a night that I looked around and found myself with a lot of beans and pasta but very little time or energy and no stove or oven. To make it vegetarian, I subbed black beans for the beef. The can of refried beans I had only contained 1-1/2 c. beans, so I added a total of 1/2 c. black beans to even out the amounts. This was enough to fill 8 manicotti shells in an 8x8 pan. (It only took me a shell and a half to figure out that it was much easier to stuff the thick bean mixture into the shells with a butter knife than a spoon!) To allow for the extra pasta I used an entire 8 oz jar of taco sauce and upped the water just a bit. In my 1200w microwave (and w/o having to worry about raw meat), I cooked the first part for the full 10 min but reduced the time of the second part to 14-15 min, which worked well. I admit, I wasn't sure what to make of them when they first came out of the microwave, but with the toppings, it was a thing of beauty. The kids liked it so much they all had seconds! We served it with Mexican Hot Corn #36063. I think this would also be really good with cooked shredded chicken and green enchilada sauce in place of the beef and taco sauce; can't wait to try that variation. Thanks so much for posting a quick, budget-concious, kid-friendly meal; this will definitely show up often on our menu rotation! :o)

winkki February 14, 2007

Absolutely Great - Like enchiladas with Manicotti instead of Tortillas

MrsSquare_Pants November 21, 2004