Taco-Stuffed Pasta Shells

Taco-Stuffed Pasta Shells

Transform taco night with this fun, easy and delicious pasta dish.
  • 35 Minutes Prep
    55 Minutes Total
  • 8 Servings

Ingredient List

  • 8 oz uncooked jumbo pasta shells (about 24 shells from 12-oz box)
  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 package (8 oz) shredded Mexican cheese blend (2 cups)
  • 1 cup diced plum (Roma) tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Recipe Continues Below


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Cook and drain pasta shells as directed on box.
  2. Meanwhile, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Add taco seasoning mix, crushed tomatoes and 1 cup of the shredded cheese; stir well until cheese is melted.
  3. Fill each pasta shell with about 1 tablespoon beef mixture; place in ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Top filled shells with plum tomatoes and chopped cilantro; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Expert Tips

  • If you prefer more heat, try some chopped jalapeños on your shells.
  • Ground turkey is a great substitute for ground beef in this dish.


Calories330(Calories from Fat140),Total Fat15g(Saturated Fat8g,Trans Fat1/2g),Cholesterol60mgSodium430mgTotal Carbohydrate28g(Dietary Fiber2g Sugars3g),Protein20g;% Daily Value*:Vitamin A20%;Vitamin C2%;Calcium20%;Iron15%; Exchanges:1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices:2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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