Recipe: Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

This is an easy recipe that I love to make when I’m running short on time.  It’s so easy to make extra and freeze for another night as well.  It’s one the entire family loves!

Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1 box pasta shells
  2. 1-1.5 pounds ground beef
  3. 1/4 cup chopped onion
  4. 1 envelope taco seasoning
  5. 1 can refried beans or refried black beans
  6. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  7. 1 jar of your favorite salsa
  8. sour cream
  9. jalapenos (optional)
  1. Cook pasta according to directions, drain
  2. While pasta is cooking, brown ground beef
  3. Add onion, taco seasoning, refried beans, 3/4 cup of the cheddar cheese, and half of the jar of salsa to the cooked ground beef and mix
  4. Grease a 9x13 pan
  5. Fill shells with ground beef mixture and place in rows in pan
  6. Pour remaining salsa on top of shells, top with the remaining 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes
  8. Serve topped with sour cream, more cheddar cheese, and jalapenos
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  1. Teresa Honores says:

    i never thought about taco stuffed pasta! omg i am craving this now thanks for the recipe!

  2. Robin Wilson says:

    You may not believe this but you saved dinner tonight! I have all the ingredients for his except the jalapenos (which I don’t care for anyways). I can never think of what to do with over-sized pasta shells and only got these because they were buy 1 get 1. I cannot wait to try this!

  3. This looks so delicious. I never thought about taco stuffed pasta! I have to try your recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I prefer pasta shells stuffed with unique fillings rather than the typical Italian inspired ones. These look great, Alesha. Love the jalapeno and sour cream on top–nice touch! Thank you for linking!

  5. These look delicious! Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!

  6. This is the perfect quick dinner recipe! I’ll definitely be using this. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  7. Laura J says:

    Oh these look so good! I love anything taco! I have not seen anything like this in stuffed shells before! I cannot wait to try this with my family!

  8. Julie Wood says:

    I make stuffed taco shells all the time and they are so delicious. I need to make these again, and I love having the leftovers because taco shells taste better the day after making.

  9. Looks yummy! I would like to try this recipe

  10. I love stuffed shells and adore tacos – I can’t imagine just how delish to put them together – but I will find out when I make this tasty dish – mmm good!

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