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Taco Stuffed Shells

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  • prep time: 5 min
  • total time: 40 min
  • serves: 4 people
  • calories: 498 1 serving

We’ve taken two favorite dinners, tacos and stuffed shells, and combined them into one easy recipe that the whole family will love!  Our recipe for Taco Stuffed Shells uses only 5 ingredients that you probably have on hand and takes only 5 minutes to prep.  To make these delicious Taco Stuffed Shells, combine cooked ground beef with Picante Sauce and cream cheese.  Stuff the mixture into pasta shells and top with shredded cheddar cheese.  It doesn't get much better than that! 


cost per recipe: $11.34

  • 16 cooked jumbo shell shaped pasta shells (about 5 ounces dry)
  • 1 pound 90% extra lean ground beef
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) Pace® Picante Sauce
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Step 1

    Cook and drain the shells according to the package directions.  Set the oven to 400°F. 

  • Step 2

    While the shells are cooking, season the beef.  Cook the beef in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat.  Pour off any fat.  Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup picante sauce and the cream cheese.

  • Step 3

    Spread 1/4 cup picante sauce in the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch baking dish.  Spoon about 2 tablespoons beef mixture into each cooked shell and place into the baking dish.  Pour the remaining 1 1/4 cups picante sauce over the filled shells.  Cover the baking dish.

  • Step 4

    Bake for 15 minutes or until hot.  Sprinkle with the Cheddar cheese.  Cover and let stand for 1 minute or until the Cheddar cheese is melted.  Serve with your favorite taco toppings.

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Calories 498
Total Fat 24 g
Sat. Fat 12.1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 108 mg
Sodium 1147 mg
Total Carb 35 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Sugar 4 g
Added Sugars 0 g
Protein 29 g
Vitamin D 2 %DV
Calcium 14 %DV
Iron 21 %DV
Potassium 13 %DV

This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.