Mexican Stuffed Shells Recipe

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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Stuffed Shells 


1 cup grated cheese, divided (jalapeno Monterey Jack is especially good, but cheddar will work well too.)

1 lb ground beef

3 tablespoons taco seasoning

12 -18 large pasta shells, cooked

1/2 cup water

1 onion, chopped

1 1/2 cups salsa, divided

chili powder, to taste

750 ml tomato sauce

green onion, for garnish


Brown ground beef and drain. Add seasoning, water, onion, and 1/2 cup of salsa and 1/4 cup cheese. Mix together remaining salsa, tomato sauce,and chili powder. Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 12 baking pan. Fill each shell with the ground beef mixture and place in pan. Pour remaining sauce on top. Sprinkle on the rest of the cheese on top and garnish with green onion. Cover and freeze at this point. Defrost overnight and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. (Cook from frozen for 2 hours at 300°F). If desired sprinkle additional cheese on top after baking and return to oven for 5 minutes longer or until cheese melts.

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