Pasta shell tacos covered with tortilla chips on a white plate

Pasta Shell Tacos

When life is busy we all need some easy meals like these Pasta Shell Tacos!  Pasta tacos are a fun twist on traditional tacos.  The pasta shells make the recipe more filling than regular tacos and this is an easy meal to make.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Pasta Shell Tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 561 kcal
Author Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life


  • 1 pound ground beef browned
  • 3 oz package cream cheese with chives cubed and softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 21 jumbo pasta shells cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 2 cups lettuce chopped
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes sliced


  1. Cook beef in large skillet over medium-high heat until brown.  Stir to separate meat and drain fat.

  2. Reduce heat to medium-low.  Add cream cheese, salt, and chili powder.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

  3. Toss shells with butter. Fill with beef mixture.  Arrange shells in buttered 13x9 inch pan.  Pour taco sauce over each shell.  Cover with foil.  Bake for 15 minutes.

  4. Uncover pan.  Top with cheddar and Monterey jack cheese and chops.  Bake 15 minutes more or until bubbly.  

  5. Top with remaining ingredients of your choice and enjoy!