Mexican Stuffed Shells My Way



When I told hubby what I was making for dinner, I got that "sideways" look ( you know the look!) I took the ingredients from my Beef Burradas & combined them with the idea of stuffing pasta shells with Mexican flavors. He really liked them! Says I can definitely make them again!

********This recipe was inspired by another recipe on Jap, but I added & changed so many things, I decided to post my version of it.


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30 Min
20 Min


  • 1- 1 1/2 lb
    ground beef
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese
  • 1 box
    jumbo pasta shells
  • 1-1 1/2 c
    chunky salsa( we like pace medium)
  • 1/2 c
    taco sauce( we like old el paso medium)
  • 1 c
    mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 1 can(s)
    black bean mash( we like bush's la cocina)
  • 1 tsp
    seasoning salt
  • 1 Tbsp
    hot mexican chili powder
  • 1-1 1/2 Tbsp
    cumin( to taste & smell)
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    white pepper
  • 1 medium
    onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic salt

How to Make Mexican Stuffed Shells My Way


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  3. Brown ground beef with onions & seasonings in a large skillet. Drain .
  4. In a microwave safe bowl, melt 1/2 cup of salsa & cream cheese. (About 3 minutes on soften/melt setting)
    Stir to combine.
  5. Add to ground beef & simmer until well blended. Remove from heat.
  6. Spray 9X13 pan with cooking spray. Coat bottom of pan with remaining salsa, add more if needed to cover completely.
  7. Stuff each shell with 1 teaspoon of black bean mash, then 1-2 tablespoons of meat mixture. Place in pan close together until pan is full. (discard excess shells)
  8. Lightly spoon taco sauce over shells. ( If you want it saucier, add more)
    Top with shredded cheese.
  9. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
    Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  10. Serve with sour cream & whatever toppings you like.

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About Mexican Stuffed Shells My Way

Course/Dish: Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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