September 9, 2010

Taco stuffed shells

2 pounds ground beef
2 envelopes taco seasoning mix
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, cubed
1 box jumbo pasta shells
¼ cup melted butter or margarine
1 cup salsa or to your liking
1 cup taco sauce or to your liking
2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ cup crushed tortilla chips or to your liking
Sour cream, garnish if desired
Green onions, garnish if desired

In a pot, cook beef until no longer pink; drain. Add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions for each. Add cream cheese, cover and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or until melted. Transfer to a Tupperware bowl and chill for 1 hour. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Gently toss with butter. Butter or grease a 13 X 9 casserole dish. Next, spoon salsa into the dish. Stuff the shells with the meat mixture and place on top of salsa. Top shells with taco sauce. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese and crushed chips. Bake an additional 15 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese melted. Serve with sour cream and green onions.

From Stacey Tucker of Rustburg

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