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    Southwest Beef Shells

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    LK Devildog's Note:

    This recipe was given to me years ago in a recipe swap by my Aunt Shirley. It won 2nd place in the 1995 Mississippi Beef Cook-Off. I use medium or hot picante sauce because we like ours a little hotter. You can also use less cheese and ground turkey and it's just as fabulous. It is an easy recipe and we have it with some great jalapeno cheese bread!

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    1. 1
      Cook shells in 3 qts. boiling water for 12 minutes, stirring often. Drain. Rinse with cold water; drain well.
    2. 2
      Heat skillet over high heat. Add oil and brown beef until no longer pink. Remove from heat; pour off drippings.
    3. 3
      Add all other ingredients to the meat except picante sauce.
    4. 4
      Spread 1/4 cup picante sauce in bottom of 9x13 inch casserole.
    5. 5
      Stuff shells with a spoonful or so of meat mixture and place on sauce. Any extra meat mixture may be placed on top.
    6. 6
      Pour remaining picante sauce over shells. (May be frozen. Thaw completely before baking).
    7. 7
      Bake covered in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or until hot in center.
    8. 8
      Serve shells with sprinkling of cheese and fresh cilantro.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 01, 2009


      I made this to go with fajitas I was making. I halved the recipe. I did tweak it a little, adding minced onion to the ground beef while it cooked and adding a bit of cooked rice and black beans to the mixture. I used a chunky salsa. I was really good. I garnished with shredded MJ cheese, diced green onions, and sour cream. LK Devildog, this was a good recipe, thanks for posting, Sue

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    • on October 24, 2008


      We liked this dish. Kind of a twist on your typical Italian Shell dinner. Anything with cilantro in it has my vote. We will make this again. Thanks for posting LK!

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    • on August 29, 2008


      This was really good! To the ground beef mixture I added 3/4-1 can of black beans and 3/4-1 can of spanish rice. Even made a few shells with Boca burger instead of hamburger and they were very tasty. Thanks for posting!

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    Nutritional Facts for Southwest Beef Shells

    Serving Size: 1 (177 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 705.0
    Calories from Fat 284
    Total Fat 31.6 g
    Saturated Fat 16.2 g
    Cholesterol 104.9 mg
    Sodium 1222.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 64.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.2 g
    Sugars 4.9 g
    Protein 40.3 g

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