Yummy Taco's In Pasta Shells

Norma DeRemer


Remembered I had this recipe in my recipe box and pulled it out for a dinner with the grandchildren.There is always the need to woo my grandchildren in eating good meals. This recipe did the trick. I know that most kid think that combining Mexican flavors with pasta is cool. I used medium heat salsa instead of hot when the little ones come over.


★★★★★ 1 vote



Add to Grocery List

  • 12 oz
    dried jumbo shell pasta
  • 2
    16 ounce jars salsa (medium or hot)
  • 2 1/2 lb
    of lean ground beef
  • 6 oz
    cream cheese, cut up
  • 2 tsp
    chilli powder or to own taste
  • 1 1/2 c
    shredded cheddar cheese (6 ounces)
  • ·
    choped tomato (optional)
  • ·
    broken corn chips (optional)

How to Make Yummy Taco's In Pasta Shells


  1. Preheat your oven to 350
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions;drain and rince with cold water and drain again. Set aside
  3. Divide about 1 cup of salsa between two ungreased 2-quart retangular baking dishes, spreading evenly and set aside.
  4. In a extra large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until brown and drain off fat.
  5. Stir in cream cheese and chili powder and let cool slightly.
  6. Spoon meat mixture into cooked pasta shells and arrange filled shells on top of salsa in prepared dishes and top with remaining salsa.
  7. Cover both dishes with foil and place in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Pull dishes out of oven and take off foil and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  9. Close oven and bake uncovered for about 15 minutes more or until heated through.
  10. Remove from oven and if desired, sprinkle with tomato and serve immediately.
  11. NOTE: My grandchildren like them sprinkled with some broken corn chips on top.

Printable Recipe Card

About Yummy Taco's In Pasta Shells

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta, Tacos & Burritos
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

Show 4 Comments & Reviews

24 Perfect Grilling Out Recipes

24 Perfect Grilling Out Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Grilling season is here! This is your one-stop shop for all the grilling recipes you need to make your Spring and Summer cookouts absolutely awesome!

Kicked Up Hot Dog And Hamburger Recipes To Enjoy All Summer Long

Kicked Up Hot Dog and Hamburger Recipes To Enjoy All Summer Long

Kitchen Crew

Hamburgers and hot dogs are a summer staple. When have you attended a BBQ and not been asked hamburger or hot dog when it came time for eating? After a...

22 A+ Back-to-school Recipes

22 A+ Back-To-School Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

It's time to go back, back, back to school again! Check out these quick and easy dinner recipes that the entire family (yes, we said entire family...even the picky eaters)...