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mexican manicotti

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Brandi Kirkpatrick
Burley, ID

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!

(1 rating)
yield 6 (2 Manicotti each)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For mexican manicotti

  • 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

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2
    Soak manicotti in really hot water for 10-15 minutes. Drain well.
  • 3
    In 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.)
  • 4
    In 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.
  • 5
    Cover 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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