Yield: 40-45 shells

Stuffed Taco Shells

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

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 (16 ounce) large pasta shells
  • 2 pounds ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 can (4 ounce) diced green chilies
  • 2 cup corn and black bean salsa (or any of your favorite variety salsa)
  • 4 cups mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 6 Tablespoons taco seasoning (homemade or 2 packages)
  • toppings: tomato, lettuce, avocado, sour cream (optional)


  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, 1 cup 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 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.

Nutrition Information:



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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