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

Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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