Not your regular Italian stuffed shells! Easily doubled for a pot luck dinner...it's a great crowd pleaser!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Stir in the shell pasta, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, until just slightly firm to the bite, about 13 minutes. Drain well.

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  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet; drain fat. Stir in the taco seasoning and water; cook over low heat until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir the refried beans and 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese into the taco meat. Spoon meat mixture into prepared pasta shells.

  • Spoon 1/4 cup salsa over the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange filled shells over salsa. Spoon remaining salsa over shells.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle with sliced green onion and 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese. Serve with sour cream.

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Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

361.4 calories; 19.8 g protein; 30.4 g carbohydrates; 60.5 mg cholesterol; 956.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2009
This recipe was very good. I omitted the green onion and sour cream. I added grated cheddar cheese to the top on the last ten minutes of baking. Also, I may have lost my mind, but I couldn't find an oven temp anywhere on this recipe so I just went with 350. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/10/2011
I made these tonight with plenty of left overs...I really wanted to like this recipe however it just lacked flavor nothing special. If I make it again I will add cumin to the meat and maybe some black olives? Read More
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  • 5 star values: 110
  • 4 star values: 45
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2009
This recipe was very good. I omitted the green onion and sour cream. I added grated cheddar cheese to the top on the last ten minutes of baking. Also, I may have lost my mind, but I couldn't find an oven temp anywhere on this recipe so I just went with 350. Read More
(54)
Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2009
This recipe was very good. I omitted the green onion and sour cream. I added grated cheddar cheese to the top on the last ten minutes of baking. Also, I may have lost my mind, but I couldn't find an oven temp anywhere on this recipe so I just went with 350. Read More
(54)
Rating: 1 stars
02/10/2011
I made these tonight with plenty of left overs...I really wanted to like this recipe however it just lacked flavor nothing special. If I make it again I will add cumin to the meat and maybe some black olives? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/31/2009
This recipe was yummy. I think that if I were to make it again I would not bake it for 40 minutes. The shells were a little crispy. I guessed and put the oven at 350 since it was not noted on the recipe. Also I will put tomatoes on top next time! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2011
Burnt my mouth cause I couldnt wait to taste smelled too good cooking! Perfect as is I only added crushed tortilla chips for serving to give a little crunch to the bite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2009
Oh. My. God. So. Freaking. Good. I haven't tried a recipe on this site in quite awhile and...yeah this totally exceeded my expectations. I cooked the onions in with the beef and etc instead of sprinkling them with the cheese...definitely used more salsa (I used HOT salsa so good!) and I baked it for half an hour at 350 and then put the cheese on and baked for another ten minutes. I think just half an hour would have sufficed though; the shells were a little bit over cooked. Didn't stop me from eating them though. I want to make more of these right away. Thank you Jennifer! EDIT: I made these a second time recently. The first time I used regular canned beans as compared to the refried beans because I couldn't find the refriend. I made them with the refried this time and I think I like with the beans better. And a tip for vegetarians: Omit the ground beef and use the refriend beans WITH canned red beans or whatever your preference. =0) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/04/2009
Nice offering for the weekend crowd. I made it ahead added 1/4 cup water to the bottom so it would not stick and popped it in the oven until it bubbled. Easy to serve as it has individual portions. I might leave the beans out next time there were plenty of things in there already. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2010
I have a different version. I warm the beans with a tab of butter that I sauteed onions in--add 1 cup of mex cheese. stuffed shells. Used the ground beef mixture with 2 cans drained chopped tomatoes with green chilies. used1/4 enchalada sauce on bottom of dish. add shells. pour beef mixture cover with lots of cheddar jack and more sauce. then...cover with lots of doritios. this is full of calories carbs and fat but is GREAT for an occasional treat. Makes enough for leftovers...which are even better!!!!!! Have fun with the flavors. it's hard to mess this up. chips add a nice crunch. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2011
The family agreed this was a keeper however next time I will not use quite so much salsa. My kids kept putting the extra meat filling on tortillas and eating it as a burito. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2011
Fantastic!! Although this recipe did NOT need changing I did make a few and I am simply noting them here so I will know what I did for next time. And there WILL be a next time! Instead of the refried beans I added 4 oz. of low fat cream cheese 2-3 TBS of the salsa and a little handful of shredded cheese to the beef mixture. I was able to fill 20 shells....and didn't skimp. I also used a a medium taco sauce with the salsa on the bottom of pan as well as on top of shells... gave it a nice tacoy flavor. Served my refried beans on the side. DELISH!! Read More
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