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Tacos in Pasta Shells

Tacos in Pasta Shells-Browned ground beef, shredded cheese and cream cheese all combined together and stuffed into jumbo pasta shells and baked together. Served with salsa and more shredded cheese.

tacos in pasta shells

This post was originally shared at Kristen’s blog.

I love looking for new dinner recipes. I feel like we eat the same thing over and over and it’s usually a lot of chicken. Tacos Stuffed Pasta Shells is A delicious way to mix things up at dinner time. I was a bit skeptical in the beginning. I questioned how well tacos and pasta go together…believe me. These are delicious and pasta and tacos are meant to be together.  πŸ™‚

Pasta stuffed tacos shells

Diced chicken breast would also be delicious in this recipe, but since we eat chicken pretty often this is a great way to change things and eat ground beef. Ground turkey is another great meat option.  

When serving these tacos in pasta shells, it’s fun to create a taco bar with with all the various taco toppings. Cheese, lettuce, sour cream, taco sauce, etc. Just fill bowls and allow people to top their shells however they like. The leftovers make a great lunch the next day.

I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. They are going to make an appearance pretty often at our dinner table.

This recipe can easily be halved. If making in advance stuff shells and cover with wrap or foil and keep in the fridge. Allow the casserole dish to sit out of the fridge for 30 minutes before baking. Top with remaining salsa and cheese right before baking. Bake time will need to be increased to make sure the filling gets warmed all the way. Plan on baking 10-15 minutes longer at the minimum.


Tacos in Pasta Shells
  1. 1 12-ounce package dried jumbo macaroni shells
  2. 2Β½ pounds ground beef
  3. 6 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
  4. 2 teaspoons chili powder
  5. 2 16-ounce jar of pasta
  6. 1ΒΎ cups shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese
  7. Various taco toppings
  1. Cook shells according to package directions; drain.
  2. Rinse with warm water.
  3. Lay flat on a baking sheet.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned.
  6. Drain off fat,
  7. Stir in cream cheese and chili powder and ΒΌ cup cheese.
  8. Spread Β½ cup of salsa in each of tow ungreased 2-quart baking dishes.
  9. Arrange the filled shells on top of the salsa and pour the remaining salsa over the tops of the shells.
  10. Bake covered for 15 minutes.Sprinkle the cheese on top and bake, uncovered for 15 more minutes or until heated through.
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Mexican Stuffed Pasta Shells



  1. LOOOOOVE this idea! Totally fabulous and a great appetizer for New Years Eve!

  2. This is such a fun idea! My kids would love this! πŸ˜€

  3. Yum Yum Yum. This is definitely something I need to try.

  4. Two of my favorite food options, tacos & pasta. What better way to marry the two. This looks delicious and easy to make.

  5. oh my gosh, yum! and great pics!

  6. O…M…G!!!! My my… well what do I honestly say here? WOW! This is amazing. The look alone have me drooling (honestly). My husband is a chef so I totally went and grabbed him to review the receipes.

    Thank you for always sharing such AWESOME stuff.


  7. This marries two of my very favorite things…pasta and tacos!! Trying this soon!!

  8. I’ve used jumbo shells before to stuff with ricotta, but I’ve never thought about doing tacos. I bet my husband and son would love this meal. Looks awesome!

  9. Melanie says

    These look delicious!! I was wondering if you happened to know how they did if you were to freeze them?

    • Hi, Melanie! I have not tried to freeze these and actually haven’t done much freezer cooking. I’ve heard pasta doesn’t always freeze well. It’s worth a try though and if you do try it, please let me know how they did. You could always make the meat mixture a couple of days before and then make the pasta the day of. πŸ™‚


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