Taco stuffed pasta shells on a plate.

Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

Cheesy jumbo pasta shells filled with taco beef and baked with salsa sauce. It's taco night and pasta night in one delicious dinner!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword stuffed pasta shells, taco pasta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 555 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 15 jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 and 1/4 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1 and 1/2 cup shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 Roma tomatoes chopped
  • 4 green onions chopped
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  1. Cook pasta shells according to instructions on the package. Drain. Place on a large plate. Cool slightly. 

  2. In a large saucepan, heat up olive oil. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add ground beef and cook until done, stirring often. Add taco seasoning, salt and pepper. Add water and simmer for 5 minutes. Add black beans, if using. Stir and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly. 

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix crushed tomatoes and salsa. Spread 3/4 of the sauce on the bottom of 13" by 9" casserole dish. Fill pasta shells with meat mixture and arrange over the sauce. Top with remaining sauce. Top with cheese. Bake for 18 minutes or until the dish is bubbly and the cheese is melted. 

  4. Serve pasta shells topped with chopped fresh tomatoes and green onions. Use your favorite taco toppings. 

Nutrition Facts
Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells
Amount Per Serving
Calories 555 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 1423mg62%
Potassium 840mg24%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 1435IU29%
Vitamin C 11.8mg14%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.