Easy Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Shells

Jennifer H


This dish is very easy to make. It's Mexican with a twist. My kids love these stuffed shells. I hope you all do as well!

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This is cheesy meaty goodness stuffed inside these jumbo shells. This whole dish is bursting with Mexican flavors. The stuffing is creamy, cheesy, and seasoned perfectly. It was just the right about of cheese. The taco sauce and salsa are perfect for baking the shells with. It added so much flavor. This is a fairly quick dish to throw together that the whole family will love. The Test Kitchen


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25 Min
45 Min


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2-3 lb
ground beef, ground turkey, or shredded chicken
2 pkg
low-sodium taco seasoning
5 oz
cream cheese
jumbo pasta shells
2 c
salsa, chunky
2 c
taco sauce
1 c
cheddar cheese, shredded
1 c
Monterey jack cheese, shredded
2 c
four cheese Mexican cheese, shredded (kraft)
fresh jalapenos, minced (optional)
green onions, green parts only-chopped (optional)
sour cream, optional (topping)
1 medium
can black olives (optional)

How to Make Easy Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Shells


  • 1Preheat oven to 350°.
  • 2In a pan brown the ground beef and jalapenos (optional); Drain once done. Add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions.
  • 3Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted.
  • 4Add 2 cups of Kraft four cheese Mexican. Add olives (optional) Stir together and mix well. Set aside and cool completely.
  • 5While ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to package directions; drain.
  • 6Set shells out individually on cutting board or baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.
  • 7Pour salsa on bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
  • 8Stuff each shell with 1-2 tablespoons of the meat mixture. Place shells in 9×13 pan open side up.
  • 9Evenly cover shells with taco sauce.
  • 10Cover dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • 11After 30 minutes, add remaining shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes with the foil removed.
  • 12Top with green onions or olives if desired. Serve with sour cream and/or more salsa.

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About Easy Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Shells

Course/Dish: Chicken, Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Collection: Fiesta Time!
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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