Taco Stuffed Shells


In the realm of culinary wonders, some dishes stand out for their sheer brilliance, blending flavors and textures to create a symphony on the taste buds. And here we present to you a fiesta on a plate – Taco Stuffed Shells! This delightful concoction takes the best of two beloved classics, tacos, and stuffed shells, and merges them into one unforgettable gastronomic experience. So, buckle up for a rollercoaster ride of flavors as we dive into this unique and scrumptious recipe!


For the Taco Meat:

  • 1 lb ground beef (or turkey for a leaner option)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Stuffed Shells:

  • 24 jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 cup refried beans (canned or homemade)
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup diced green onions
  • ½ cup sliced black olives (optional but recommended)
  • 1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

Step by Step:

Step 1: Prepare the Taco Meat

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the chopped onions until translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Crumble the ground beef into the skillet with the onions and garlic. Cook the meat until it’s fully browned and no longer pink, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain excess fat from the skillet and add the taco seasoning mix, tomato sauce, and water. Stir well to combine. Simmer for 5-7 minutes until the sauce thickens and coats the meat. Season with salt and pepper according to your taste. Set aside.

Step 2: Cook the Pasta Shells

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the jumbo pasta shells and cook according to the package instructions until they are al dente. Drain the shells and rinse them with cold water to prevent sticking.

Step 3: Stuff the Shells

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Take each cooked pasta shell and fill it generously with the prepared taco meat mixture.
  • Arrange the stuffed shells in a baking dish. Spread the refried beans on top of the shells and sprinkle the shredded cheese over them.

Step 4: Bake and Serve

  • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and melted.
  • Remove the foil, and garnish the taco stuffed shells with diced tomatoes, green onions, black olives (if using), sour cream or Greek yogurt, and fresh cilantro leaves.


Voila! Your Taco Stuffed Shells are now ready to dazzle your senses with their delightful combination of flavors. The tender pasta shells embrace the zesty taco meat, while the melted cheese adds a luscious touch to every bite. With the coolness of sour cream and the freshness of cilantro, this dish creates a harmonious dance of taste and texture. Whether you serve it as a family dinner or at a lively gathering with friends, these Taco Stuffed Shells are bound to be the talk of the town! So, indulge in this flavor fiesta and let your taste buds revel in the celebration of a truly unique and unforgettable culinary experience.

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