Shells-N-Cheese Taco Casserole

"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!"
 
Shells-N-Cheese Taco Casserole created by Wildflour
Ready In:
45mins
Ingredients:
21
Serves:
6-8
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ingredients

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directions

  • In deep frying pan, cook beef (lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder and cumin), and onion til done. Drain grease.
  • Stir in taco seasoning, picante sauce, water and stewed tomatoes. Break up tomatoes.
  • 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.
  • Fold shells and cheese mixture into beef mixture.
  • Pour into greased casserole dish.
  • I used a 1 ½ quart glass baking dish just slightly smaller than my 13x9 one.
  • Top evenly with shredded cheese.
  • Sprinkle cheese with paprika. Sprinkle lightly with oregano using about 1/2 teaspoons.
  • Bake in 350º oven, uncovered for 20 minutes, or til hot .
  • Top each serving with shredded lettuce, more shredded cheese, sour cream, and sprinkle with black olives, chopped tomato and jalapeno rings if desired.

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  1. gwynn
    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.
     
  2. Enjolinfam
    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.
     
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  5. looneytunesfan
    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.
     

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