Mexican Manicotti

"I was looking for a different way to use up some ricotta cheese in my fridge. I found this recipe on and modified it slightly. I like Mexican food and quite enjoyed this dish. It was also quite easy to make. You can make it as spicy as you would like to suite your taste."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook beef and onion in a large skillet, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink. Add water and seasoning mix; cook, stirring occasionally, until meixture is thickened.
  • Combine 3/4 cup mozzarella, ricotta cheese, and chiles in small bowl.
  • Spread 1 cup salsa onto bottom of 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  • Fill each tortilla evenly with beef mixture, and cheese mixture; roll up. Place in baking dish.
  • Top with remaining salsa and remaining mozzarella cheese; cover.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with green onions before serving.
  • To Freeze ahead:Prepare as above; do not bake. Cover; freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350°F Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with green onions before serving.

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  1. mama smurf
    Made half a batch for DH and I and followed the instructions except for using Mexican blend cheese and almost using the whole jar of salsa (we like it moist) and using the rest of the salsa with some chips. Our salsa was spicey so we totally enjoyed our meal. Topped our "manicotti" with sliced green onions, olives and some sour cream. Made for Spring PAC 2011.
  2. Giovanni-B
    This came up short for us, sorry. I used manicotti (since the recipe is Mexican "Manicotti"), used picante sauce and omitted the chilies (in the picante sauce already). This would have worked better with cheddar in the filling rather than mozzarella -- would give it more flavor. Also I chopped up black olives and added to the filling, as well as sprinkled on top after baking, along with the green onion. Might try again with cheddar and enchilada sauce, like another reviewer did.
  3. chef in ohio
    This was wonderful! Enjoyed the flavor. We did add cheddar cheese also and more mozz cheese. Very good though and will pass on to family / friends. Thank you!
  4. Digitalmonkeyman
    Wow, this is awesome! I added Boca Meatless Crumbles instead of the Ground Beef, and what a delicious vegetarian recipe!!!! Make it with Hot Taco seasoning, Hot Green Chilies and Hot Salsa for a good sinus clearing!
  5. TipMuf
    I made this tonight and our family loved it. This is going to be a regular at our family table. I used(recipe #109685) instead of the jarred salsa. It was delicious! I believe that my tortillas were the size for enchiladas but they were perfect. I put cheddar cheese on top instead of mozzarella. After it came out of the oven, I topped it with the green onion and sliced black olives. I served diced tomatoes and sour cream on the side. Thanks deepfreeze for sharing this recipe.



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