Mexican Stuffed Shells


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

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
5 servings


  • 36 jumbo pasta shells

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chiles

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • ¾ cup picante sauce


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

657 Calories
22g Fat
76g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 657
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 1712mg 74%
Total Carbohydrate 76g 28%
Dietary Fiber 9g 30%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 25mg 123%
Calcium 234mg 18%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 914mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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