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Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells


Mexican and Italian are two of my favorite food types. These Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells combine both in a delicious meal that is sure to please all members of your family. The TVP and taco seasoning give these shells a meat-like texture and taste and complement the rest of the taco flavors well. If there are meat eaters in your family (or if your entire family eats meat) the TVP is easily substituted for ground beef.

Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells


Regan @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 0.67 cup salsa
  • 0.67 cup tvp (textured vegetable protein)
  • 0.67 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 0.83 ounces taco seasoning
  • 10 ounces refried beans
  • 10 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1.5 ounces black olives, sliced
  • 2.67 ounces cream cheese
  • 0.67 pounds pasta shells, already cooked according to package directions
  • 0.33 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 0.17 cups green onions, chopped
  • sour cream, for serving day
  • avocado, for serving day


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta shells according to package. Soak TVP in water for at least 20 minutes. Place half of the salsa in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.  Place TVP in colander and squeeze out any excess water. Heat olive oil in medium frying pan over medium high heat. Add TVP and taco seasoning. Turn heat down to medium low and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in refried beans, black beans, black olives, and cream cheese. Fill pasta shells with mixture and place in pan. Cover shells with remaining salsa, cheddar cheese, and green onions. Bake for 30 minutes. Top with sour cream and avocado, if desired.

Freezing Directions:

Before baking, cover with foil, label, and freeze. To Serve: Thaw. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook for 30 minutes. Serve with sour cream and avocado.

Servings: 4

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

7 Responses to “Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells”

  1. Joy says:

    Seriously? This looks like a very good recipe but who is really going to measure out .67 pounds of pasta shells or .17 cup of onions?? Really?

    • regan says:

      Hi Joy, there is a conversion chart at the bottom of the recipe right under the servings. We use decimals on our menus because its the only way to put them into Google documents. Hope that helps!

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  3. Lacey Dawn says:

    I’m trying to use the conversion table but am still confused. I can’t figure out how taco seasoning or onions to use.

  4. Tzippora Steele says:

    I used the crumbles (is that by Morningstar? I can never remember but it worked great and I could skip the soaking the TVP step. The whole family loved it, thanks for the recipe!

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