I've never made any type of stuffed shells before. They always seemed time consuming or difficult to make. Not sure why I thought that since these were as easy as can be to prepare and you can pretty much stuff the shells with whatever filling you'd like. I loved the Mexican variation and I wish I had decided to make these stuffed shells sooner. They were a huge hit!
Mexican Stuffed Shells
Slightly Adapted From The Girl Who Ate Everything
1 pound lean ground beef4 ounces cream cheese
20 jumbo pasta shells
1 1/2 cups salsa
1 cup taco sauce
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup Monterrey jack cheese
Sour Cream and Green Onions (Optional)
In a pan brown the ground beef; add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions. Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Stir together and mix well. Set aside and cool completely. While ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to package directions; drain. Set shells out individually on cutting board or baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.
Pour salsa on bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Stuff each shell with 1-2 tablespoons of the meat mixture. Place shells in 9×13 pan open side up. Evenly cover shells with taco sauce. Cover dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, add shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes with the foil removed. Top with green onions if desired. Serve with sour cream and/or more salsa.