Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Taco Pasta Shells

Taco Pasta Shells

1 pound ground beef
taco seasoning
1/2 cup green pepper, diced
1/2 cup onion, diced
4 ounces cream cheese
1/3 cup whole corn (optional)
1/3 cup drained cooked black beans (optional)
15 jumbo pasta shells (gluten free works great too!)
1 cup salsa
1-1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese ( I use my homemade mozzarella)
sour cream

Cook pasta shells while you make the ground beef mixture. Don't cook them quite all they way or they will be difficult to handle. Drain and allow to cool a little for handling.

In large pan cook ground beef, green peppers, onions, and taco seasoning together.  Drain if needed.
Add cream cheese and stir until melted.
Add beans and corn (yeah no beans in this photo, it was a last minute thought!)
Spoon 1/4 cup salsa over bottom of 9x13" baking dish.
Fill pasta shells with beef mixture and place in baking dish.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Uncover, top with cheese and bake for 15 minutes more. 

Ladle a little extra salsa with beans and corn on the plate.  Add the shells and top with sour cream.
To freeze...Place on cookie sheet and freeze until solid.  I normally put wax paper or freezer paper down first.  Not sure why I didn't here. ;)
Place into gallon freezer bag or vacuum seal bags for use another time!


  1. I always love to try new recipes - I'm a vegetarian so it's fun to tweak them to fit our lifestyle. Tacos are my favorite.

  2. ooey gooey goodness. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

    1. Thank you for stopping by (and for having the party!!)

  3. I've seen those jumbo shells filled with a few things. This is the first time I've seen it filled like a taco. Super neat! They're like little bite-sized tacos. Liking that...

    Make It or Fix It Yourself!

  4. Oh this looks so good! We love this kind of thing, and it would be great for portion control.

    1. Absolutely and they are freezer friendly to make ahead too!

  5. Taco stuffed shells is one of those things I always think would be a great idea, but when it comes time to make shells, I do the standard ricotta and of these days... Thanks for linking up to the Get Inspired Weekend Hop :)

    1. Love the taco twist on dishes. It's a nice change.

  6. Oh this looks good. I love tacos and pasta, so this combo should be really really good. I especially like the fact that you included freezing instructions as I live alone and tend freeze lots.

    Thanks for sharing at The Blog Strut Peacock Style

  7. Looks yum! I love Pasta as much as I love tacos so this is heaven for me :)

  8. Sound amzing, love that you can freeze them! Thanks for linking up at The Weekend Retreat! Hope tosee you back on Thursday!!