Stuffed Taco Shells

If you love easy, delicious dinner ideas, these Stuffed Taco Shells are for you! Plus, prep them in advance and freeze the shells for a later meal. Great for new moms too!

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If you love easy, delicious dinner ideas, these Stuffed Taco Shells are for you! Plus, prep them in advance and freeze the shells for a later meal. Great for new moms too!

Can we talk about running for a minute?

Are you a runner? Can you please tell me how you do it? I mean it seems easy enough. One foot in front of the other. Quickly. Or at least a quicker pace than walking, right?

For whatever reason, I can’t seem to run. I want to run. I want to stand at street corners bobbing up and down with the appearance that I can’t stop moving because I’m hard core. But after running for forever a few minutes, I start walking again. I’m not tired. I’m not short of breath. My muscles don’t hurt.

I’ve just convinced myself in my head, that I can’t run. So I don’t. Please tell me someone else has been this way, and you know the cure. The magic words that will keep me running. PLEASE. Anyone?

If you love easy, delicious dinner ideas, these Stuffed Taco Shells are for you! Plus, prep them in advance and freeze the shells for a later meal. Great for new moms too!

I promised a couple weeks ago on instagram (do you follow me??) that I would share some freezer meal ideas with you. Stuffed Taco Shells are so easy, and one of my favorites.

I’ve actually got a few more stuffed shell recipes coming to the blog, so stock up on shells you guys! Why do these make great freezer meals? Easy. Stuff the shells with the ingredients listed and you can freeze these in ziploc bags. When you are ready for dinner, remove only the number of shells you need for that meal, place them in the baking dish (from frozen), add sauce, and bake. Seriously, it’s that easy.

Granted, you need to have a day where you can stuff the shells. Or, you can always stuff and then bake immediately. Each recipe makes about 40 shells…so unless you have a huge family, you can always eat some immediately and freeze the remainder for another meal. These are perfect for new moms, or families in need of a meal.

If you love easy, delicious dinner ideas, these Stuffed Taco Shells are for you! Plus, prep them in advance and freeze the shells for a later meal. Great for new moms too!

 

Now, while you go make this, I’m going to pretend to run.

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Stuffed Taco Shells

Yield: 40-45 shells

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45-60 min

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (16oz) large shells
  • 2 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies
  • 1 cup corn and black bean salsa (or any of your favorite variety salsa)
  • 4 cup mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 6 Tbsp taco seasoning (homemade or 2 packages)
  • salsa, for bottom of baking dish
  • toppings: tomato, lettuce, avocado, sour cream (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cook large shells pasta according to package directions. Once cooked, separate and place on parchment paper on counter. Set aside.
  2. While pasta is cooking, brown ground beef (or ground turkey) in a large skillet. Once browned, drain grease and return meat to skillet. Add in green chilies, corn and black bean salsa, and taco seasoning. Fold in shredded cheese. Set aside.
  3. Using a large spoon, stuff each shell with taco meat mixture, until all shells are stuffed. Place shells in ziploc bag and freeze until ready to use. When ready to cook, follow step 4 below.
  4. OR, if baking immediately, pour about 1 cup of salsa in bottom of baking dish. Choose a dish size that will fit the number of shells you are going to be cooking. For my family, we each eat about 2-3 shells per meal. On top of salsa, add shells. Cover dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes in a 350F oven. Remove foil and bake an additional 5-15 minutes, until salsa on bottom is bubbly and mixture inside shells is fully heated.
  5. Serve with additional toppings if desired. ENJOY.

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29 comments on “Stuffed Taco Shells”

  1. thanks, I could use more make ahead meal ideas. This looks great!

  2. Oh gosh! When I read the title I thought you were talking about taco shells that would be stuffed, haha.. so funny how words can be interpreted differently! This stuffed pasta surprised me and looks so good! 

  3. What a genius recipe!  I’m totally making this for my family next week!!!!! Delish! 

  4. YUMMMMMMMM!! I’m hardcore craving some Mexican food right now!  This is a PERFECT Monday night meal for me! I’m always looking for easy weeknight meals and this one looks scrumptious!  Great recipe!

  5. Love having meals like this on hand for busy evenings!

  6. in terms of running, just push yourself. i normally run for 10 minutes, then walk for 5 minutes. And so the pattern continues. 
    BTW, this recipe looks amazing!!! very creative!!!
                                                                        ————-Ann Lu—————

  7. Oh talk about delish! This looks sooooo good! I will have to try! As for running, I can’t run either. In fact, I don’t know how people to it. I can literally only run for a minute on a time on the treadmill, I think I’m missing the running gene!

  8. I’m about to get out of bed and go to my kitchen to make these!!

    And I’m so the same about running. I find if I just increase the distance by a super tiny amount each day, it gets magically easier 🙂

  9. Yum! Mexican meets Italian- fusion at its best 🙂

  10. Anonymous

    I TOTALLY DO NOT LIKE BLACK BEANS!!  Is there something I can use instead? 

  11. We LOVE stuffed taco shells! But you know what? I’ve never frozen them! That is such a great idea and I’m totally going to try it! These look delicious Aimee!

  12. The secret to starting running is couch to 5k. Seriously I thought I just wasn’t meant to be a runner and then I tried this and now I love running. It gets you there slowly enough that it’s never too hard. Anyway hope that helps. The recipe looks delicious btw 🙂

  13. Love stuffed shells and tacos and this combo is awesome! Looks like one delicious dinner 🙂

  14. Rebecca

    On running…well I swim and both are simular.  I do this… tell myself to swim to the end of the pool, tell myself to do that new flip turn then tell myself to swim to the next wall. After that I get my rhythm and then kick it up a notch. I was a competitive swimmer and once your mind is set you will be a runner too and you will find yourself with other runners who share in the spirit of competition. Love the recipe! Don’t give up!

  15. Kay

    can I reheat these in the microwave? I’m looking for easy dishes I can send to college with my kids to reheat.

  16. Nicolle

    This dish was amazing and I mean was because it is all gone! I’m excited to reheat these for my night classes.

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