This is a wonderful recipe a friend of the family made for us for dinner when I was a kid. It's easy to make since it's cooked in the microwave.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Grease a microwave-safe 9x12 inch baking dish, and set aside.

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  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, and cook and stir the beef until crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease.

  • Mix together the cooked ground beef, refried beans, oregano, and cumin in a bowl. Spoon the mixture into uncooked manicotti shells, and place the filled shells into the baking dish. Combine the water and picante sauce in a bowl, and pour over the shells.

  • Cover the dish with microwave-safe plastic wrap, cut a few holes in the wrap with a knife to vent, and microwave on High power for 10 minutes. Carefully pull back the plastic wrap to avoid steam, and turn the shells over with tongs. Replace the plastic and microwave an additional 15 to 20 minutes on Medium power, until the shells are cooked and the liquid has been absorbed.

  • Pull off the plastic wrap, and spoon sour cream over the shells. Sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese and chopped green onions for garnish.

Nutrition Facts

479.8 calories; 26.3 g protein; 44.9 g carbohydrates; 77.1 mg cholesterol; 826.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2011
I did this is in the oven instead of the microwave method. We didn't use sour cream and I added a couple of tablespoons of taco seasoning to the meat when cooking it. Turned out great. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 5
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2011
I did this is in the oven instead of the microwave method. We didn't use sour cream and I added a couple of tablespoons of taco seasoning to the meat when cooking it. Turned out great. Read More
(22)
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2011
I did this is in the oven instead of the microwave method. We didn't use sour cream and I added a couple of tablespoons of taco seasoning to the meat when cooking it. Turned out great. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
I have been making this for years to raves from my guests! My sister got the recipe out of the newspaper and thought it was good enough to send to me. She was right! I cook it in the oven as I prefer not to use the microwave. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2010
I grew up on this recipes it is one of my favorites. The only thing I do differently is I mix the sour cream and green onions together with a can of sliced black olives (drained) and spoon on top after shells are done cooking then I sprinkle the Monterey jack cheese on top and microwave for another 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2010
I've been making this recipe for years and it's one of my favorites. Thanks! Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2012
This recipe was a life-saver! Who says you can't have a home-cooked delicious meal when your oven goes on the fritz and your stuck with just a microwave & one working stove top eye? Not me or my boyfriend:) Great time saver if your needing dinner fast with minimal clean-up. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2015
The manicotti were a bit under cooked and the filling came out a bit dry from the refried beans so next time I will add some sauce to the filling mixture and bake in the oven. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2016
My mom made this for me as a kid and now I make it for my family. We bake it in the oven at 350 for an hour. I don't precook the meat. It cooks up perfect in the noodles. I also add half a pack of taco seasoning to meat and the other half to salsa mixture. I melt the cheese after I add it. One of my family's favorites! Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
10/01/2015
This was good different. I had to combine ground beef and pork to have make enough. I also threw it into food processor with beans after cooking added the seasonings and processed it to a smoother consistency for cooking. I added the stated seasonings amount and thought it a little under seasoned. I'd double it for personal taste next time. I'm going to try it with a queso sauce also. It was good but needs tweaking to work for our family. Thanks for the base recipe I never would have combined the ingredients without this recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2019
I have made this recipe for years the only difference is I put the filling in a Ziploc freezer bag cut off the tip and I pipe it into the shells makes it go a lot faster and easier! Read More