Mexican Manicotti

Brandi Kirkpatrick


Alright, my students and I worked on this recipe today. I am sure there are tons of variations out there for this, but this is mainly based off a Betty Crocker recipe, but tweaked a bit. It was amazing! So proud of my kids for being brave and trying something new!

Like most of the recipes I make it can be very versatile. Use chicken instead of beef, toss in beans (which may complicate piping), etc. Have fun with it!

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6 (2 Manicotti each)
20 Min
45 Min


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1 package manicotti, uncooked


1 lb. lean ground beef
½ yellow onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons freshly minced garlic
6 oz tomato paste
16 oz can enchilada sauce
1 package taco seasoning
1/2 cup water


3 oz cream cheese
1 egg
10 oz sour cream
3-4 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
2 (4oz) cans green chilies, chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


sliced olives
chopped tomatoes
green onions

How to Make Mexican Manicotti


  • 1Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2Soak manicotti in really hot water for 10-15 minutes. Drain well.
  • 3In a skillet, cook beef until browned. Add chopped onions and minced garlic and sauté until translucent. Add tomato paste, enchilada sauce, taco seasoning mix and water. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add additional water if too thick. (Remember you will want a little extra moisture in the sauce because you need to finish cooking the noodles in the oven.)
  • 4In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, egg, sour cream, 2 cups cheese, chilies, and 2 Tablespoons of cilantro. Spoon 1 cup of meat sauce mixture into the bottom of your 9x13 baking dish. Filling Pasta: Pipe about 3 Tablespoons of filling mixture into each pasta tube (we used a ziploc bag with the corner snipped). Place filled pasta onto sauce, repeat with remaining noodles. Pour remaining sauce mixture over noodles.
  • 5Cover pan with sprayed foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover pan and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro and additional toppings if desired!

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About Mexican Manicotti

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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