Mexican Pasta Shells

Are you ever looking for an easy, quick freezer-meal that everyone will enjoy? This fun twist on a taco-inspired meal is sure to make your mouth water. And who doesn’t love jumbo pasta shells in their meal?


Mexican Pasta Shells

Delicious, taco-inspired freezer meal that my kids love
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: freezer meal, freezer meals, pasta, taco
Servings: 6


  • 20 jumbo pasta shells cooked
  • 1-1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 16 oz taco suace
  • 1/2 cup cheese shredded
  • 20 crushed tortilla chip scoops after thawed


  • Drain and rinse cooked pasta in cold water, rinse thoroughly.
  • In a skillet, brown the ground beef.
  • Stir in chili powder, cream cheese, and 1/2 cup taco sauce until blended. Stir in 1/4 cup of shredded cheese.
  • Spoon about 2 tablespoons of filling into each shell. Place in a freezer pan coated with cooking spray. Top with remaining taco sauce.
  • Cover and put in freezer until ready for use. Don't forget to LABEL!
  • To thaw, put on counter for a few hours.
  • Bake, covered, until heated through, 20-25 minutes if totally thawed. 1 hour 20 minutes if frozen.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and continue to bake, uncovered, until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with chips for an extra crunch.


Photo by Max Griss on Unsplash
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