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Mexican-Style Stuffed Shells with Salsa Roja

  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Ingredients 12
  • Servings 24
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Ingredients

For the shells:

1
box (12 oz) jumbo shells

For the filling:

1
lb ground beef
4
tablespoons Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix

For the sauce

1
can (14.5 oz) roasted tomatoes, chopped
1
Serrano pepper
1/4
white onion
1
fresh oregano sprig
2
garlic cloves
1
teaspoon salt
8
fresh cilantro sprigs
1
cup water

To serve:

2
cups Monterrey Jack cheese, grated

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
140.0
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6.9g
11%
Saturated Fat
3.3g
16%
Cholesterol
21.8mg
7%
Sodium
187.5mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate
11.6g
4%
Dietary Fiber
0.9g
4%
Sugars
1.0g
Protein
7.6g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
5%
5%
Calcium
8.50%
8%
Iron
4.20%
4%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information for this recipe is estimated using a leading nutrition calculation application, but is an estimate only.  Actual nutrition values will vary based on the exact ingredients or brands you may use.

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Expert Tips

If you can’t find fresh oregano, use 2 teaspoons of dried Mexican oregano.

For a spicier taste, add 1 chile de árbol to the sauce.

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • 2 For the shells: Cook pasta per the instructions on the box, approximately for 9 minutes.
  • 3 For the filling: Combine ground beef with taco seasoning and cook on medium-high heat until the meat is browned.
  • 4 For the sauce: In a blender, combine tomatoes, Serrano pepper, onion, oregano, garlic, salt, cilantro and water and process until smooth. Add 1/2 of the sauce over the meat. Set the other half aside.
  • 5 To bake: Once pasta is cooked, drain water and let cool for a few minutes until you can handle it without burning yourself. Add 1 cup of the sauce to the bottom of a baking dish.
  • 6 Take one pasta shell, fill with 1 tablespoon ground beef and a little grated cheese. Place in the baking dish. Repeat the process with remaining shells and meat.
  • 7 Pour remaining sauce over shells and sprinkle with grated cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25-30.
  • 8 Remove from oven. Serve and enjoy!

In my house, pasta is one of those recipes that we eat frequently because it’s economic, goes a long way and everyone enjoys it. Today, I felt like making stuffed shells with ground beef, cheese and salsa roja. Everyone loves this dish!

Rate and Comment

Silvia Martinez Silvia Martinez
September 20, 2016

In my house, pasta is one of those recipes that we eat frequently because it’s economic, goes a long way and everyone enjoys it. Today, I felt like making stuffed shells with ground beef, cheese and salsa roja. Everyone loves this dish!