These Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Shells make the perfect family-friendly weeknight meal! You’ll love the creamy filling, sauce, and melted cheese topping!
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Do you need a break from Thanksgiving leftovers? I know some people (like my husband) aren’t super crazy about leftovers. I, on the other hand, don’t mind them at all. Leftover stuffing and cranberries? Bring it on. But even I get tired of leftovers after a little while. If you are tired of turkey and green bean casserole, these Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Shells are an easy, family-friendly meal you can make to break up the monotony!
These Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Shells from The Girl Who Ate Everything are a spin-off of classic Italian stuffed shells. Sort of like a taco in pasta form! Now I know that this is not “authentic Mexican” food. But that’s ok, because they are so, so good. Instead of being stuffed with Italian sausage and covered with an Italian red sauce and mozzarella, these tender shells are stuffed with a creamy, flavorful taco-style beef filling, placed on top of a layer of salsa, then topped with taco sauce and Colby Jack cheese. Baked to perfection, they become a delightful dish of melty, cheesy goodness with just the right amount of spice. And while they look pretty impressive, they are actually quite simple. They’re very easy to assemble and throw in the oven.
This makes one 9×13 inch pan or two 8×8 inch pans. I sometimes make one pan for now and freeze another pan for later. If you are freezing them, prepare them according to the directions until the point of topping with cheese. Instead of putting the cheese on now, put the cheese in a zip-top bag and add it to the freezer so you’ll have it handy later. Wrap the pan well with plastic wrap and foil, to prevent ice crystals from forming. When you’re ready to bake them, thaw and remove the plastic wrap, then proceed with the remainder of the instructions. You can also bake them in individual ramekins for fun single-serve options (like I have pictured) if you want to!
Because these are so easy and make a great weeknight meal, they are a great option for your weekly meal plan!
I have no problem devouring these plain. In fact, I prefer them that way. But if you want, you could definitely top them with sliced avocado, sour cream, pico de gallo, or whatever your heart desires. Serve them with a side of black or refried beans and enjoy!
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