If you love easy, delicious dinner ideas, these Stuffed Taco Shells are for you! Prep these Mexican flavored pasta shells in advance and freeze for a later meal. Great for new moms too!
Before we get to these Stuffed Taco Shells. 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?
I may not be a born runner but one thing I am particularly gifted at is eating pasta. Particularly when it’s THIS Mexican pasta: shells stuffed with taco ingredients!
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.
When you think of stuffed pastas, your mind probably jumps right to the usual suspects: cheese, marinara sauce, Italian flavors.
I love a good traditional Italian pasta, but these stuffed shells are packed with all my favorite taco fillings and Mexican spices.
Taco Pasta Ingredients
I used ground beef as the central protein for my stuffed taco shells. Ground turkey would be delicious too! Along with taco seasoning, this taco filling gets its spicy flavor from a can of diced green chiles and some black bean salsa.
Don’t forget about the handfuls of shredded Mexican cheese! So good.
I’ve actually got a few more stuffed shell recipes coming to the blog, so stock up on shells you guys! When I’m meal prepping for expectant moms or getting ready to fill my freezer for a hectic season, I always think of stuffed shells recipes first.
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 some sauce, and bake. Seriously, it’s that easy.
Set aside a few hours one day to stuff a bunch of shells so you’ll always be ready for a tasty and nutritious homemade dinner when life gets busy.
Or, you can always stuff and then bake the shells immediately! Each recipe makes about 40 shells so even if you eat some immediately you’re likely to have some leftover to freeze for later. Win-win!
These are perfect for new parents or families in need of a meal! Pop a few bags of frozen shells into a cooler and drop them off to someone who could use a nutritious and kid friendly dinner without having to cook.
What shells to use
I recommend the JUMBO or large stuffed shells for making stuffed taco shells–and all my stuffed shell recipes. They hold the most filling and you won’t have the pain of trying to fit ground meat into all those teensy little pasta shells.
Know what I love most about tacos? All the toppings!
Stuffed shells with taco ingredients are no different! Anything you love to add to your tacos will be delicious with this pasta. I serve a variety of topping choices whenever I make this on a Taco Tuesday:
. . . or even just some diced red onion, lettuce and tomato are all delicious served on top of these stuffed shells.
Now, while you go make this, I’m going to pretend to run. Unlike running, everyone loves Stuffed Taco Shells!
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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!
- 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)
- Cook large shells pasta according to package directions. Once cooked, separate and place on parchment paper on counter. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve with additional toppings if desired. ENJOY.
Serving Size:2 shells
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 383mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 17g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.
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