Mexican Stuffed Shells

"A beloved favorite recipe that's been around awhile. While the crushed tortilla chips are optional, I personally love the crunch."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a frying pan cook ground beef; add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions. Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Blend well. Set aside and cool completely.
  • While the ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to directions; drain. Set shells out individually on baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.
  • Pour salsa on bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Stuff each shell with the meat mixture placing shells in dish open side up. Cover shells with taco sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, add shredded cheese and crushed tortilla chips; bake for 10-15 more minutes, with the foil removed. Top with green onions and serve with sour cream and/or more salsa.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Sharon E.
    Hi there I am from S A and love to try different recipes. Unfortunately not all the ingredients are available to us. What can I use instead of Taco Sauce. Thanks
  2. deadlybeautifulangel
    Could this be cooked in a CrockPot?


  1. Marissa B.
    I've made this for a couple of year now, the only difference is, is I do a layer of beans before I place the shells in. I also break up tortilla chips on top of it before I put it in the oven, and then add the cheese to the top of them. It gives it an extra chew/crunch to it
  2. Shelly D.
    This recipe is awesome. I substituted shredded chicken breast for the ground meat. My family loves it.
  3. Cottage Fry
    Very good, and pretty easy to make. I did the prep work in the morning, and kept the dish covered in the refrigerator to bake that evening. My fianc
  4. lazyme
    These were a hit at my Mexican fiesta party this weekend. I doubled the recipe, added crushed chips as a topping, and these were devoured! Simple to put together and really good. Thanks GailAnn for another keeper. Made for ZWT8 Mexico/Tex Mex.
  5. HeidiSue
    I found this recipe on Pinterest and then came and dug it up here on these were a huge hit! I threw in a little chorizo that I had with the ground beef just to use it up. I followed the recipe exactly except that I just threw the cheese on top and baked uncovered at 350 for 30 or so minutes. I made it for us and for a friend who just had surgery and her family loved it too!


  1. Rosie A.
    Double up the cream cheese, you won't regret it!
  2. Vodka Queen
    I replaced the ground beef with Boca crumbles.
  3. Sarah W.
    Very easy to make and very tasty!!! I used refried beans instead of cream cheese, and pace picante sauce. Was very good with refried beans!
  4. Shelly D.
    This recipe is awesome. I substituted shredded chicken breast for the ground meat. My family loves it.


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