Making delicious meals that kids will love to eat can be tricky.  I love traditional dishes with a twist and this dish has both has a twist and my kids love it.  It takes an traditional Italian stuffed pasta dish and adds a Mexican flair.  Yummy.   I love that  it's easy to prepare and it tastes great as a left over, too.  Here's a great recipe for Taco-Stuffed Pasta Shells!  Enjoy!

I got this recipe for Taco-Stuffed Pasta Shells out of a magazine almost 10 years ago and my family loves it! I made it again on Saturday and Ethan ate 6 or 7 shells! I love finding something that my kids love to eat!


  • 1 box of dried jumbo pasta shells, cooked according to package directions, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package (1.25 ounces) Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 can (16-ounce) can refried beans
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese - divided
  • 1 jar chunky salsa - divided
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • Sour cream (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Spread 1/4 cup salsa over bottom of casserole dish.
  • Cook beef in large skillet until brown; drain.
  • Add seasoning mix and water; cook over low heat for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  • Add beans and 3/4 cup cheese; mix well.
  • Fill pasta shells with beef mixture; place on baking dish, filled side up.
  • Spoon remaining salsa over shells; top with remaining cheese.
  • Cover with foil. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with green onions and remaining cheese.
  • Serve with sour cream.

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Stephanie Dulgarian is the creator of Somewhat Simple. She is married to her best friend and a mom of 4 kids living Arizona, USA. She loves ice cream, autumn, Sunday naps, traveling, game nights and shopping. She is not a fan of unloading the dishwasher, Peeps marshmallow candies, mushrooms, and she despises laundry more than anything else in the world!

A few of her favorite creations on her blog include “Let's Celebrate Board“, “Master Bedroom Collage” and “The Dry-Erase Glass Calendar