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Southwest Tacos Stuffed Pasta Shells with Queso Fresco Cheese

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Everyone always associates pasta with italian food, but that does not always have to be the case. Pasta is actually a very versatile product that gets overlooked in many dishes we serve our families. Pasta can be served in:

  • homestyle family casseroles
  • italian dishes
  • asian inspired dishes

OR

  • you can put your own spin on a traditional favorite that every family loves…tacos!

Themed meal plan for taco Tuesday, plus so many other great ideas!

Taco Tuesday is a must in our house each week. The problem is that it gets old making the same traditional Mexican inspired dishes each and every week. Even though I diversify the playing field each week with different Tex-Mex style dishes, some form of tacos always makes the menu because everyone in the family loves them!

While meal planning, I am always thinking of ways to come up with something new and fun for Taco Tuesday that also incorporated some vegetables in. I try my hardest to make my family meals balanced, quick to get on the table as well as delicious. Sometimes that tasks proves to be more difficult than others, but then it hit me and I knew how to spice up our traditional tacos to incorporate it all together.

These stuffed taco shells are a little spicy and pack a Tex-Mex punch! Try these stuffed tacos for your next Taco Tuesday meal...everyone will love them!

Taco Stuffed Shells! Yes…this is perfect!

Twist up your Taco Tuesday with these Stuffed Tacos | Moms Confession

Our family is a huge fan of Barilla Pasta so I knew they would have exactly what I needed at my local Walmart to make our stuffed tacos go off without a hitch for dinner.

They were delicious and so easy to make! Making this Tex-Mex dish for our family made me realize that now is the time to stop associating pasta with Italian food all the time! Barilla Pasta is a staple in my home and has me thinking outside the box now!

Try the best Mexican inspired dish you will ever eat that also sneaks in vegetables so you know your family is getting a well-balanced meal for yourself! They are sure to get gobbled up on Taco Tuesday at your house! At least, that’s what happened at mine! :)

These stuffed taco shells are a little spicy and pack a Tex-Mex punch! Try these stuffed tacos for your next Taco Tuesday meal...everyone will love them!

Southwest Tacos Stuffed Pasta Shells with Queso Fresco Cheese

Ingredients

  • 3/4 box of Barilla Pasta Jumbo Shells
  • 1 lb hamburger meat (can substitute turkey burger)
  • 1/2 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (or any color you have on hand)
  • 1 carrot stalk (finely diced)
  • 1/2 small jalapeno pepper
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 3/4 cup canned black beans
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • 2/3 queso fresco cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Other items needed:

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot, bring water to a boil.
  2. While waiting for the water to boil, add hamburger meat, onion, bell pepper, carrots and jalapeno into a large skillet to brown.
  3. Once water begins to boil, add in Barilla Pasta Jumbo Shells and cook al dente.
  4. After meat has browned, add in taco seasoning packet and water.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and cover for approximately 5-10 minutes.
  6. Add frozen corn and 1/3 of the queso fresco cheese into the taco meat to heat up and melt the cheese. (should take about 5 minutes)
  7. Stir together well.
  8. Once the shells have cooked to al dente, remove from heat and drain into a strainer then rinse with cool water. Set aside until meat is finished cooking.
  9. Lay out parchment paper on the kitchen countertop and place each jumbo shell separately so they do not stick to one another. (great way to get the kids involved with helping cook dinner)
  10. Before adding in the black beans into the taco meat, make sure you rinse them well in a strainer. Add black beans at the last minute to heat up. Mix only occasionally so you don’t mash up the beans.
  11. Stuff each shell with taco mixture.
  12. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 5 minutes to reheat.

Get the printable Stuffed Tacos Recipe below.

These stuffed taco shells are a little spicy and pack a Tex-Mex punch! Try these stuffed tacos for your next Taco Tuesday meal...everyone will love them!

These stuffed taco shells are a little spicy and pack a Tex-Mex punch! Try these stuffed tacos for your next Taco Tuesday meal...everyone will love them!

Southwest Tacos Stuffed Pasta Shells with Queso Fresco Cheese

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These stuffed taco shells are a must try! Try these southwest tacos stuffed pasta shells for your next Taco Tuesday meal...everyone will love them!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 box of Barilla Pasta Jumbo Shells
  • 1 lb hamburger meat (can substitute turkey burger)
  • 1/2 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (or any color you have on hand)
  • 1 carrot stalk (finely diced)
  • 1/2 small jalapeno pepper
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 3/4 cup canned black beans
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • 2/3 queso fresco cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot, bring water to a boil.
  2. While waiting for the water to boil, add hamburger meat, onion, bell pepper, carrots and jalapeno into a large skillet to brown.
  3. Once water begins to boil, add in Barilla Pasta Jumbo Shells and cook al dente.
  4. After meat has browned, add in taco seasoning packet and water.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and cover for approximately 5-10 minutes.
  6. Add frozen corn and 1/3 of the queso fresco cheese into the taco meat to heat up and melt the cheese. (should take about 5 minutes)
  7. Stir together well.
  8. Once the shells have cooked to al dente, remove from heat and drain into a strainer then rinse with cool water. Set aside until meat is finished cooking.
  9. Lay out parchment paper on the kitchen countertop and place each jumbo shell separately so they do not stick to one another. (great way to get the kids involved with helping cook dinner)
  10. Before adding in the black beans into the taco meat, make sure you rinse them well in a strainer. Add black beans at the last minute to heat up. Mix only occasionally so you don’t mash up the beans.
  11. Stuff each shell with taco mixture.
  12. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 5 minutes to reheat.

Notes

Other items needed:
Large stock pot
Large skillet
Cutting Board
Knives
Can Opener
Parchment Paper
Cookie Sheet

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 496mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 22g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 6/3/2020.

How to Make Stuffed Taco Pasta Shells

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Serve these taco stuffed pasta shells with fresh pico de gallo, homemade guacamole and salsa.

How do you spice up your Taco Tuesday nights? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Those looks so yummy! How fun :) We ironically did an Italian inspired twist on tacos this week as well, making taco pockets like calzones. I love combining cultures to create new meals. We’re definitely going to be trying these soon!

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