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Cheesy Taco Pasta Shells

Cheesy Taco Pasta Shells

Who remembers having hamburger helper as a kid? Yep, you have yourself a bonafied Cheeseburger Macaroni fan here. My other favorite flavor was the taco flavored pasta. I can’t remember the exact name, but these Cheesy Taco Pasta Shells will take you right back to the good old days.

Cheesy Taco Pasta Shells

This recipe is an easy weeknight meal that your entire family will love. You’ll feel all nostalgic and what kid doesn’t love cheese, pasta and tacos? Tell them you’re having all of it in one shot and I’m pretty sure they’ll be into it.

Cheesy Taco Pasta Shells

Can I use Turkey for this recipe?

Sure I don’t see why not. I prefer the beef, but if you want to lighten it further, the turkey works great!

How about Vegetarian Cheesy Taco Pasta Shells?

You could easily replace the meat in this with black beans or kidney beans. I would also encourage you to try your favorite meat alternative. I know some brands are coming out with some very convincing meat alternatives. This recipe is very adaptable to a vegetarian diet.

What kind of Taco Seasoning should I use in Cheesy Taco Pasta Shells?

Any kind you want!  I like to make my own and I love this recipe for taco seasoning by Gimme Some Oven, but you can buy a packet as well.

I think that covers it!  I really hope you make this. It should easily make it into your weekly meal rotation.


Cheesy Taco Pasta Shells

Cheesy Taco Pasta Shells

Cheesy Taco Pasta Shells

Cheesy Taco Pasta Shells are an easy weeknight meal. It will remind you of your childhood when you got that famous boxed dinner (you remember the one). This recipe is made with whole ingredients and it's super quick!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 People


  • 3/4 lb. Medium Pasta Shells
  • 1 lb. Lean Ground Beef I use 85-90% Lean.
  • 2 tbsp. Taco Seasoning Or one Packet
  • 1/2 cup Onion chopped
  • 14 ounces Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Shredded Mexican Cheese Blend
  • 2 tbsp. Reduced Fat Cream Cheese


  • Brown the ground beef and onions in a large skillet. Add an even sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  • Add the taco seasoning and canned diced tomatoes. Simmer on low covered while you cook the pasta.
  • Cook the Pasta according to package instructions.
  • Drain the pasta and add it to the meat mixture. Stir in the cheeses and serve. Garnish with parsley or cilantro for serving.
Keyword Pasta, Taco Pasta
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Monday 10th of May 2021

This is so delicious!! So fast and easy to make - great for weeknight dinners.


Thursday 20th of May 2021

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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