Tempt My Tummy Tuesday…Mexican Pasta Shells

by Lisa on September 27, 2010

Tempt my Tummy TuesdayYes, you read that title correctly.  This dish is a Mexican pasta dish.  Instead of  taco shells – you are using large pasta shells.  My sweet new friend, Carrie, made this dish for our small group, last night. I am so sorry I did not snag a picture before we started eating.  When she told me she was making a Mexican dish using pasta shells, I thought I heard her wrong – then I was a little concerned.  But, this recipe is great! Everyone in the group loved the dish.   AND Carrie said this is her childrens’ favorite meal.  !!!WINNER!!!  You know how much I love Mexican and sharing new recipes.  So, I hope you enjoy!  I found the recipe on the Betty Crocker website.  I LOVE Betty!


Mexican Pasta Shells (pic from Betty Crocker)

Mexican Pasta Shells

  • 12 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1 lb lean hamburger meat (Other option: use turkey meat, or replace meat with beans)
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup Old El Paso taco sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Colby- Monterrey Jack cheese blend (4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup crushed corn chips
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 8-inch square pan with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta shells as directed on package.
  • Meanwhile, in 2-quart nonstick saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp-tender. Stir in browned meat, chili powder, cream cheese and 1/4 cup of the taco sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted.
  • Fill cooked shells with meat mixture. Place shells, filled sides up, in pan. Pour remaining 1/2 cup taco sauce over shells.
  • Cover and bake 20 minutes. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and corn chips. Bake uncovered about 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Garnish with sour cream and onions.
  • I hope your family will enjoy this dish, as well!

    One last thing! I made Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars for our dessert.   Sweet goodness, I kid you not!  Singing with Birds posted this recipe last week.  Check it out!!

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    Mary Beth September 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Those look so delicious! My family (and I) will love this. : )

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    Candi @ Family Stamping and FOOD! September 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    We love Tex-Mex too! Sounds like a winner! I wonder if it would freeze good?

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    Alicia's Homemaking September 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I don’t see the link-up…am I going blind? I have refreshed the page multiple times!

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    Lisa September 27, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Sorry, I had a momentary mess up. Mr. Linky is up, now. Sorry! :-)

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    Alicia's Homemaking September 27, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks, I’m linked up now! Thanks for hosting, Lisa. :D

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    Ginger @ Crock Pot Recipe Exchange September 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    What a great alternative to traditional tacos! Thanks for hostin’ and postin’. I can’t wait to give this a try.

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    Liz@HoosierHomemade September 27, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Another yummy recipe! Thanks for hosting my friend!
    ~Liz

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    The Caffeinated Globe September 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I’m participating again this week.

    In the post, I mentioned you, your blog, the blogging event, and one of your recipes. See for yourself:
    http://caffeinatedglobe.blogspot.com/2010/09/brunch-party-menu-and-5-irresistible.html

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    Kristia@FamilyBalanceSheet September 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    looks delicious.

    Thanks for the carnival.

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    Diann @ The Thrifty Groove September 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    This looks delish and right up our alley at this house!

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    TidyMom September 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    oooh, my family would love this!! thanks for hosting Lisa

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    Sherry September 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Oooh, yum! This sounds delish! I love anything Mexican. :) thanks for hosting, Lisa! :)

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    Jane September 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Looks and sounds yummy! Thanks for hosting.

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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy September 27, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    This sounds awesome in the big shells!! Pretty too! Thanks!

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    Katie @ Riddlelove September 27, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Wow, this sounds perfect. I definitely want to try. I contributed my glazed breakfast biscuit recipe. It’s a new family fave. :)

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    Alea September 27, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I make something similiar and it really is a tasty dish!

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    Brook September 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I agree, both Saturday’s and today’s weather was wonderful! I woke up this morning and was actually cold. :)

    BTW, I think of you most Monday afternoons because I have a client who lives near you (from subdivision comments you made on FB).

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    Lisa September 27, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Oh how neat! Thanks for thinking of me. :-)

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    Tamy ~ Always Eat On the Good China September 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Sounds perfect for the cooler fall evenings. YUM!

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    Jerri September 27, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I saw the recipe for the cheesecake bars over at Gnee’s blog last week, and I thought they looked so good! Thanks for reminding me about them!

    Your Mexican dish sounds good too! Thanks for hosting!

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    QuatroMama September 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    My first time to link up a recipe to your incredible carnival! Can’t wait to check out all of this goodness…and your Mexican Pasta Shells are going on my Meal Planning List!

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    Lisa September 28, 2010 at 7:41 am

    So glad you are linking up and joining TMTT. Thanks! :-)

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    Kara @ Home With Purpose September 27, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    This sounds very tasty! How can you go wrong with cream cheese?! Mexican pasta…I have a recipe for “Mexican Pizza”. It uses tortillas, not pasta, but it calls for mixing salsa and spaghetti sauce, which sounded so odd to me…but it’s really delicious! It’s become a regular for us. Those things that sound like they wouldn’t go together are often really good!

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    Lisa September 28, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Kara, that does sound good!

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    Gretchen September 27, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Oh those look so good! I really want to try to make them.

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    JamericanSpice September 27, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Now this is what i want for dinner tomorrow! Dh would LOVE it!

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    gnee September 28, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Hi Lisa,

    So glad you tried the creme brulee cheesecake bars and they were a hit! Forgive me, I made a mistake when I linked up, 51 is wrong. Please delete it if you can. 52 is right and try it. I’m posting a cookie bar each week, I’ve had so many requests!!!

    Thanks for your fun party and your delicious recipes you share. This one looks really yummy tonight!

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    lisa September 28, 2010 at 12:54 am

    this looks so tasty…..thanks for sharing and having the bloghop!!

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    April @ The 21st Century Housewife September 28, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Hi Lisa,
    I love the sound of your recipe – a great fusion of Mexican and Italian – yum! Thanks for hosting, and have a great week!

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    City Share September 28, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Thanks for hosting the blog hop. Those Mexican shells sound good. My post this week is all about thinking on your feet and using what you have to make dinner.

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    Julie@comehaveapeace September 28, 2010 at 7:25 am

    This sounds like a great dish for a small group! I will copy and hang on my fridge. :)

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    Ammie @ Domesticallyobsessed.com September 28, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Hi Lisa–my first time here linking up, can’t wait to come back. These recipes look AWESOME! Thanks so much for hosting!

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    Lisa September 28, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Ammie, so glad you are joining us. :-)

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    Vicki September 28, 2010 at 7:36 am

    This is my husband’s favorite! We’ve been having this meal since I was a young child and it’s always been a good one.

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    Katharine September 28, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I have found so many great recipes! Thanks so much for hosting!!

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    Beverly September 28, 2010 at 8:03 am

    ooh those pasta shells sounds delicious!

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    erica September 28, 2010 at 8:06 am

    This looks so yummy, I’m for sure making this for my family. thanks for sharing another fab recipe. have a great day!!!!!

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    Martha(MM) September 28, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Thanks for hosting Lisa :-)

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    Kathie September 28, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I didn’t mean to leave 2 links! The 2nd link I left is the correct one. I was in a hurry and grabbed the link to the wrong post. so sorry!

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    Lisa September 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    No problem. Thanks. :-)

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    Melissa Keune September 28, 2010 at 9:04 am

    My family has a very similar recipe that we love too! Who would have thought: mexican and pasta shells.

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    Shelley September 28, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Thank you Lisa! What could be better than Mexican AND pasta?? :)

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    Allison @ Alli 'n Son September 28, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Yum, that sounds really good.

    I’m sharing a mexican soup recipe this week, but I can’t seem to find the linky in this post. Is it just me?

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    Lisa September 28, 2010 at 9:12 am

    All the recipes look so delicious…I could spend all day reading and cooking. Thanks for hosting this wonderful recipe exchange.

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    Queen of the House September 28, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Heehee! I admit too, this sounded a little strange…but it looks good, and the ingredients sound nummy!

    Way to go on your exercising too! :)

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    Miz Helen September 28, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Your Mexican Pasta Dish looks very good. Nice combination and certainly one that our family will love.
    Thank You…

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    Jennifer W September 28, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I can’t wait to give this recipe a try, my kiddos will love it!

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    Maytina September 28, 2010 at 11:15 am

    What a great recipe. I loooove using giant pasta shells in different recipes. So fun and the kids love them too!

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    Dorothy Langlois September 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Thanks Lisa again for the fun link.

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    Michelle September 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Oooo that does sound good. I love the idea of switching up the Mexican and the Italian. Yum! I bet Little Miss would like this one. I wonder if I could get Mister Man to enjoy it. What a fun dish to share!

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    Nichole September 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you for reminding me of this recipe. I had it once at a camping pot luck and thought they were so good but I have personally never made them. Your pic here looks great too!

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    jo@blog-diggidy September 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    on our new eating plan, we would have to forgo the chips and the shells, but this sounds good enough to eat just by the forkful!! =) thnx for a great recipe…

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    Ashley September 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    My family loves all things pasta and we regularly have mexican food. I have never thought of combining the two though. Thanks!!

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    Angela September 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I shared a simple, frugal recipe for Chicken and Quinoa Soup! So hearty and delicious!

    Thank you for hosting!

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    Anne September 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks for hosting the carnival!

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    Umm Mymoonah September 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Hi Lisa, I have linked mine for this week, but imstead of giving the recipe name I have given my name, sorry about that. The recipe is Garlic and Coriander Naan.

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    Lisa September 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    That is fine. You can put your name or recipe or both. No worries. Thanks for linking up.

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    Shawn Becker September 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Love the picture and recipe. I prefer big pasta shells so this looks right up my alley!

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    Tanvi September 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Lisa,
    I linked up last week too but gave my name intead of the recipe :(
    This week I have linked up my recipe for spicy roasted mashed eggplant.

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    Cindy Bultema September 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks Lisa! I love Mexican too! I’m excited to give those Mexican shells a try!! Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Cindy :)

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    alex@amoderatelife September 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Hi Lisa and happy tuesday. Certainly are many recipes here to tempt your tummy! My recipe this week is a basic peach sauce that can substitute for anything from peach butter to dessert soup! Enjoy! alex@amoderatelife

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    Mama Zen September 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Those look good!

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    Elsa September 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Looks great! I love Betty too! :)

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    Roz September 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Hi, I’m new here and just linked up and am following you! Hope you can join me this Friday and Saturday for my link-up too! Have a lovely day!

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    Chella September 28, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Thank you for hosting this event. This is my first time linking up!

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    Cookbook Queen September 29, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Wooo hooo!! A combination of my two favorite types of cuisine!! Does it get any better?

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    FoodontheTable September 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    This dish must be Italian/Mexican fusion. Sounds like it was a hit. Thanks for shairng.

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    Angie October 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    oh wow, I’m so glad I found your page. Mexican is a fav in my house. I’m definitly going to try this recipe out.

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    Emily {Frilly Details} October 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I love this recipe! It’s on our favorite list. The first time I made it I realized I had forgot to buy the taco sauce at the store, so I subbed red enchilada sauce and it was so good! That’s what I’ve been using since!

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    Angela W October 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I posted a recipe for my Almond Crusted Tilapia! So Delicious!

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