Shells-N-Cheese Taco Casserole

Total Time
45mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 40 mins

Threw this all together last night and BOY was it good! I even remembered to write everything down as I went along, so now I can share it with all of you! Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In deep frying pan, cook beef (lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder and cumin), and onion til done. Drain grease.
  2. Stir in taco seasoning, picante sauce, water and stewed tomatoes. Break up tomatoes.
  3. Simmer at least 10 minutes til water has evaporated and sauce is thickened. Meanwhile, in saucepan; make shells and cheese according to package directions, using lowest time alotted for cooking of shells.
  4. Fold shells and cheese mixture into beef mixture.
  5. Pour into greased casserole dish.
  6. I used a 1 ½ quart glass baking dish just slightly smaller than my 13x9 one.
  7. Top evenly with shredded cheese.
  8. Sprinkle cheese with paprika. Sprinkle lightly with oregano using about 1/2 teaspoons.
  9. Bake in 350º oven, uncovered for 20 minutes, or til hot .
  10. Top each serving with shredded lettuce, more shredded cheese, sour cream, and sprinkle with black olives, chopped tomato and jalapeno rings if desired.
Most Helpful

This was really nice! I made it with vegi-burger, but followed the rest as written. My kids really liked it, although it was a little on the spicy side for them. I will most likely make again, but will use less taco seasoning next time.

Enjolinfam October 20, 2007

This was very tasty. My DH really did rave over it. The spices in it was just perfect. Will be making it a lot. Thanks for posting.

gwynn October 19, 2008

Very Yummy. Will make again soon. Thank you-------- Made this again for dinner tonight. I didn't have the stewed tomatoes so I subbed diced tomatoes in sauce. It was still delicious. I topped mine with sour cream and quacamole. I also took a huge batch of it over to my neighbor who raved about it. Thanks again Kelly.

looneytunesfan June 19, 2006