This Stuffed Shell Recipe is a great family-friendly dish that the whole family will love. We have also included an easy recipe for homemade enchilada sauce.
Learn how to Make Delicious Mexican Stuffed Shells with Ground Beef, Taco Seasoning and Enchilada Sauce.
Mexican Stuffed Shells with Enchilada Sauce
Mexican Stuffed Shells Recipe for a Dinner the Whole Family will Love
We love Mexican food , and we also totally adore Italian food! Put these two together and you’re in for a real dinner treat! It’s a nice break from the traditional stuffed shells that we normally prepare and one that you will love to revisit from time to time.
It only takes a few minutes to make your own enchilada sauce and we will show you how! You can also make your own taco seasoning if you wish, but on occasion we do love to sprinkle that little packet of taco-delish seasoning over ground beef.
These Mexican Stuffed Shells are fairly easy to prepare and are still awesome the next day! Serve with a traditional tossed salad and you have yourself a great meal that the whole family will love.
- See how to make homemade enchilada sauce below.
Ingredients Needed For Mexican Stuffed Shells
- Pasta Shells
- Lean ground beef
- Packet of Taco Seasoning
- Sliced black olives
- Enchilada Sauce divided (see recipe below)
- Shredded Cheese
Your whole family will love these delicious Mexican Stuffed Shells.
- 18 shells cooked and drained.
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion diced fine
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 small can sliced black olives
- 2 cups enchilada sauce divided (see recipe below)
- 1-1/2 cups shredded cheese use a Mexican blend if possible
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Saute ground beef and onions until beef is cooked through and no longer pink.
Sprinkle beef with taco seasoning and add 1/2 cup water; mix through.
Add olives and 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce. Simmer for about 1-2 minutes,
Add 1/2 cup cheese to the beef and stir until melted.
Spoon 1 cup of enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Fill each shell with 1 tablespoon of beef mixture and lay in the dish. Repeat until all are filled and you have used up all the meat filling.
Pour remainder of enchilada sauce over shells.
Sprinkle shells with cheese.
Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
Uncover and bake for 5 additional minutes.
How to Make Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Delicious Homemade Enchilada Sauce in Minutes! Save this recipe to make your next batch of chicken or beef enchiladas. It’s homemade and delicious.
- Can of tomato paste
- Olive oil
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Dried mustard
- Dried Oregano
- Chicken broth
Instructions for Easy Mexican Enchilada Sauce
- Put all ingredients in a medium sized pan except the chicken broth.
- Turn heat to medium-high.
- Whisk in chicken broth.
- Bring to a light boil; reduce heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
Make your own fresh and delicious enchilada sauce
- 1 6 oz. can of tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 can chicken broth
Put everything into a medium-sized sauce pan except for the chicken broth.
Over medium-high heat, slowly whisk in chicken broth.
Whisk until sauce is smooth.
Bring to a light boil; reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes.
Here is where you need to do a little taste test! Did we hear YUM? Beef is simmering with tomatoes and black olives, add the taco seasoning and a delicious filling for the shells.
So what are you waiting for? Make these Mexican Stuffed Shells for Dinner and Dinner is Certified Delicious!
What to Serve with Mexican Stuff Shells
We like to serve coleslaw or a healthy tossed salad.
Try our easy Caaser Salad made in a bag
Does This Recipe Keep Well in The Refrigerator
Yes, just store in an airtight container and your leftover shells should keep for about 4 days in the refrigerator.
Can Leftovers be Frozen
Yes, put into a freezer-safe container and your shells will last at least 3 months.
When ready to eat, take your shells out of the freezer and microwave for 2-3 minutes.
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