This is a great alternative to Italian-style stuffed shells. Serve this with sour cream and chips and salsa.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Arrange stuffed shells side-by-side in the baking dish and top with remaining sauce. Cover dish with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

657 calories; protein 36.6g 73% DV; carbohydrates 75.8g 25% DV; fat 22.2g 34% DV; cholesterol 85.7mg 29% DV; sodium 1712mg 69% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2018
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 fits better in a 13 9 pan. Also double the sauce recipe for the top of the shells. a tip from me I put tooth picks on top of shells after I put cheese on the top of the shells to keep from sticking worked well too. Hope you enjoy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/03/2019
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 mixture into a large storage bag, cut the corner and piped the rest into the shells. That worked much better and was not as messy. I would also triple the sauce recipe for the top.....someone said double but I ended up making a triple batch for a 9x12. I would not make this a menu staple but would make it for guests, potluck, etc. Read More
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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2018
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 fits better in a 13 9 pan. Also double the sauce recipe for the top of the shells. a tip from me I put tooth picks on top of shells after I put cheese on the top of the shells to keep from sticking worked well too. Hope you enjoy! Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
04/10/2016
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 leftovers reheat nicely as well. Very tasty recipe and one I will make again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/03/2019
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 mixture into a large storage bag, cut the corner and piped the rest into the shells. That worked much better and was not as messy. I would also triple the sauce recipe for the top.....someone said double but I ended up making a triple batch for a 9x12. I would not make this a menu staple but would make it for guests, potluck, etc. Read More
(3)
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Rating: 3 stars
05/03/2017
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 casserole I have made with tortillas. (much easier to make). If you do not like hot and spicy you might like this---presentation is great! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/18/2019
It's a good base recipe for Mexican stuffed shells. I would make it again though I would probably add something to give it more kick. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2019
Really fun to make but instead of putting it in the oven I threw it on the grill and man it turned out AMAZING!! Definitely highly recommend Read More
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