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.

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12 oz
dried jumbo shell pasta
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


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

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About Yummy Taco's In Pasta Shells

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