Taco Stuffed Shells

These were absolutely delicious!  This has all the flavors of tacos/enchiladas stuffed inside a jumbo pastas shell.  I stuffed the shells with taco meat, cheddar cheese and cottage cheese.  I know a lot of people aren’t fans of cottage cheese.  You should give it a try in this dish.  I don’t eat cold cottage cheese, but I love it baked in pasta dishes.  If you aren’t feeling adventurous, you can substitute ricotta cheese.  This dish can make these shells ahead of time and bake them when you are ready – perfect for after a long day at work.  This makes a ton.  I got 21 shells.  This would be great to freeze all or half of this for an easy meal another night.

Taco Stuffed Shells
(Printable Recipe)

1 lb lean hamburger
1 taco seasoning packet
½ cup salsa
¼ cup water
1 cup cottage cheese
2 cups cheddar cheese, divided
21 jumbo shells
12 oz enchilada sauce

Preheat oven to 425.

Prepare jumbo pasta shells according to package.  Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet, brown hamburger. Drain fat.  Return to skillet and add taco seasoning, salsa and water.  Simmer 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine cottage cheese, 1 cup of cheddar cheese and taco meat.

Stuff each shell with the taco meat and place in 9×13-inch pan.  Top with enchilada sauce and remaining cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly.


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  1. We had these for dinner tonight and they were fantastic! I know you posted this ages ago, but I am just now getting to it. Thank you for such a great yummy recipe! I look forward to making it again soon.

  2. Made this for dinner tonight- super yummy! I love your blog-so many great recipes- thank you for sharing!

  3. These were delicious and easy. I just brushed the bottom of the glass casserole with a little olive oil and no problems with sticking. I did them 1/2 ground chicken and 1/2 ground beef. Yummy! Thank you!

  4. Ramona – you could line your pan with foil. I love the non-stick foil – nothing sticks to it at all.

  5. I tried making some shells when I was out over the past 2 weeks. They ended up in the garbage cause they stuck to the bottom of the pan.

    Need to look up how to cook them without having them stick.

    These look fantastic.

  6. Tried this tonight…WOW!!!! I made it early in the day and baked it when we got to my sister's house. Every one loved it. Thanks so much for a delicious make-ahead dish.

  7. Oh Yum!! I have the ingredients added to my shopping list. This looks so yummy and easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs, Sheena

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