Taco-Stuffed Pasta Shells

taco stuffed pasta shells

I got this recipe for Taco-Stuffed Pasta Shells out of a magazine over 10 years ago and it is still one of my family’s favorites! I made it again on Saturday and Ethan ate 6 or 7 shells! I love finding something that my kids love to eat!


  • 1 box of dried jumbo pasta shells, cooked according to package directions, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package (1.25 ounces) Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 can (16-ounce) can refried beans
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese – divided
  • 1 jar chunky salsa – divided
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • Sour cream (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spread 1/4 cup salsa over bottom of casserole dish.
  2. Cook beef in large skillet until brown; drain.
  3. Add seasoning mix and water; cook over low heat for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Add beans and 3/4 cup cheese; mix well.
  5. Fill pasta shells with beef mixture; place on baking dish, filled side up.
  6. Spoon remaining salsa over shells; top with remaining cheese.
  7. Cover with foil. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with green onions and remaining cheese. Serve with sour cream.

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This recipe first published on Somewhat Simple in July 2009


  1. 1

    My son loves tacos and mexican pizza. I am CERTAINLY going to make this recipe and SOON!

    YUM !

  2. 2

    do you pre-cook the pasta shells?

  3. 3

    oops never mind! I didn’t read very weel!

  4. 4

    I been making this exactly the same for years and years. I love it and so does my family!!

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