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Mexican Stuffed Shells

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"This is a great alternative to Italian-style stuffed shells. Serve this with sour cream and chips and salsa."
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1 h 30 m servings 657
Original recipe yields 5 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Add water and taco seasoning mix and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir refried beans, Cheddar cheese, and green chiles into ground beef; cook and stir until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth, about 5 minutes. Fill shells with beef mixture.
  5. Combine tomato sauce and picante sauce in a saucepan over medium-low heat; cook and stir until heated through, 5 to 7 minutes. Spread 1/2 cup sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  6. Arrange stuffed shells side-by-side in the baking dish and top with remaining sauce. Cover dish with aluminum foil.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.


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

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 657 calories; 22.2 75.8 36.6 86 1712 Full nutrition

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We thought it was great! Messy to make but so what . It's a keeper for us very tasty not bland the way I made it . try using Mexican cheddar cheese too .adds to the taste . use 23 shells too fi...

These were a little messy to stuff and not too pretty to look at but the taste was excellent. I never would have thought to add refried beans to my ground beef but I really liked it. The leftove...

This was a pretty good casserole, definitely something different. It was very messy to make, about halfway through fighting with the shell stuffing part of this recipe I placed the rest of the m...

In my opinion this was just okay. Too much work for how it turned out. I like my Mexican food spicy and even with the taco mix, it was kind of bland. It also reminded me of a layer Mexican cas...