Taco Stuffed Shells

Taco Stuffed Shells

Taco stuffed shells have been on my to try list for a long time and when I recently came across some taco stuffed shells on Inspired Taste I could not put off making them any longer. The basic idea of the taco stuffed shells is that large pasta shells are stuffed with the flavours of tacos and then covered in cheese and baked. For the taco inspired filling I started out with ground beef that I flavoured with a homemade taco seasoning blend along with some onions and garlic. I then filled the mixture out, and made it a bit healthier, with some tomatoes, corn and black beans before finishing it off some hot sauce and creamy goat cheese. The shells are then stuffed with the filling and placed in a baking pan with a layer of salsa on the bottom and then cheese is sprinkled on along with some bread crumbs for a crunchy topping.

Taco Stuffed Shells

These taco stuffed shells are great all by themselves but feel free to serve them with your favourite taco filling like lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and avocados.

Taco Stuffed Shells

Taco Stuffed Shells

Jumbo pasta shells stuffed with a taco inspired mixture of beef, corn, black beans and goat cheese that is covered in cheese and baked in salsa.

Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

Printable Recipe
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1-2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 4 ounces goat cheese or cream cheese
  • hot sauce to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 pound large pasta shells, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup cheese, shredded
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the taco seasoning, tomato puree, corn, black beans and goat cheese and cook until the goat cheese has melted in, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Season with hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Spread the salsa into a large baking dish, stuff the shells with the beef mixture and place them in the salsa.
  8. Mix the butter into the bread crumbs and sprinkle onto the stuffed shells followed by the cheese.
  9. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the cheese has melted and the bread crumbs turn golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.

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Nicole said...

These look great, Kevin!

Unknown said...

THese look fantastic. I am the nutrition coordinator (cook, menu planner etc) at our local elementary school, and am always looking for new ideas...think I will try this one.


Dining Alone said...

If I took out the beans my husband would love this! looks great.

Vinita said...

Looks so amazing! I'll try it out for a nice weekend lunch.

Cooking Rookie said...

This is a really cool idea! And the salad looks so fresh and appropriate ;-)

Mary Anne said...

The shells look so delicious Kevin! I am so used to turning to corn tortillas for tacos, I never thought of pasta shells. Yum!

Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies said...

Looks great! Would love to try this recipe...will be subbing the goat cheese for some cream cheese. Thx for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Kevin, I've made your pizza dip, cheeseburger dip & buffalo chicken chowder. I can't wait tk try this new taco stuffers shells recipe &i know it will be delicious! I always look forward to each e-mail with a new recipe & was so excited when you responded to my Pinterest comment! Can't wait for more great recipes! Thank you :)

Esi said...

Love the idea of changing up the traditional flavors of stuffed shells

Valerie said...

This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it. :-D

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Pasta shells are awesome and your dish looks so mouthwatering!



Lilybets said...

Fantastic !I like very much your photos....I'm Italian and love to taste and cooking !I believe your recipes are very good !

Sue said...

Ohhh, Italian, Mexican fusion. I like!

mireia badia said...

If it’s about tacos and/or pasta I’m all for it, I’m going to pin this récipe right now!

Sütüme, Sarelleme Karışma!!! said...

and thanks to u now they are on my to try list:) i love tacos, especially eating at home with all my fingers:) wait for me huge shells i got an idea?!

Joanne said...

aI've never made stuffed shells EVER, let alone a fun foodie variation! These sound great though. I love the tex-mex twist!

Helene said...

That's a great idea, I never made taco stuffed shells or heard of them. Thanks for the blog link.

Joanne said...

Looks great! Thanks so much for including us :)

Kathleen Richardson said...

Love this idea, Kevin, 'cause I could make it vegetarian for my daughter by subbing something like Boca Ground Crumbles.

Mal said...

I have a similar recipe pinned on a pinterest board, this makes me need to try it sooner!

Mal @ The Chic Geek

S said...

Oh wow! That looks amazing! I'm hungry again and I just had breakfast. :)

The Cookinglady said...

I love taco's Kevin great job and thanks for sharing

Jenny@vegetaraianhatesvegetables said...

These look wonderful! I've always wanted to find a way to eat avocado with pasta- you beat me to it! Yum!

vanillasugarblog said...

rarely do i make stuffed shells because i'm lazy about stuffing them. but this would be worth the effort

Dave Murphy said...

Yum! Looks delicious.

Anonymous said...

I love this idea and I am so gonna try it! I think I might substitute the bread crumbs with crushed up corn tortilla chips just to have that corn tortilla flavor! Cat wait to give it a try!

Maria said...

What a great idea! I always mix some black beans in with the beef when I make tacos. It's delicious and I feel a little less guilty about loading on the cheese.

Non Aussie Mom In Australia said...

looks great.... looks yummy too!

Spirit303 said...

looks great

Jennifer | Mother Thyme said...

These look amazing! Adding this to my dinner menu soon! Another fabulous recipe!

Gria Loka said...

Oooooo...woowwwww!!!Well done presentation of your homemade amazing food :)

Pam said...

Oh Kevin... these have me drooling. Love, love, love the flavors in this one.

Amber said...

Best of both worlds, Italian and Mexican! YUM!

Margarita said...

Tacos in pasta shells! Great idea!

Erica said...

These look AMAZING! I'm definitely making these!

Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z said...

I love this idea. We love tacos and we love stuffed shells. Great Como

Chris said...

I just imagined taking the stuffed shell, rolling it in breading and deep frying it. Crazy fair food? Maybe, but I'm willing to give it a try.

Anonymous said...

Made these tonight and they were great! only change was I used ground turkey, since I had it on hand. Thanks for the great recipe.

Kim said...

My husband said they were 'mind freakers"....he was totally expecting the classic Italian stuffed shell taste (even though I told him they were taco stuffed) and was wowed with every bite.

Vicky Page said...

I was thinking of making Mexican Mac and Cheese, but this is EVEN better !!!

dianak said...

Just made these. OMG!!!!!!!!. I cut recipe in half cuz just for Mom and me, so sad. Should have made the whole thing.

pat1755 said...

Late to the party, but i finally made these -- exceptional! One of those rare recipes that can please both the teenage boys with their cretinous appetites and the adults with a more sophisticated palate :)

Thanks, Kevin.

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