If you’re a regular around here, then you know we are BIG taco fans. Especially on Tuesdays! So it should be NO surprise that we came up with a new way to enjoy two of our favorites. Pasta + Tacos! Taco Shells! Yes, you heard me right. You know the big jumbo shells that you would typically stuff with ricotta + sausage + sauce? This time we filled them up with taco meat + olives + green chilies + lotsa cheeeessseee. Yummm!
This is a super easy weeknight friendly recipe that your kids will totally dig! Bailey even took leftovers for lunch the next day with a side of salsa ranch for dipping. You know that sounds good!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 box jumbo shells, cooked according to package
- 1 lb. ground turkey + beef
- 1 package of taco seasoning or homemade (recipe here)
- 4.5 oz can chopped olives
- 4 oz can fire roasted diced green chilies
- 3/4 cup salsa (my homemade salsa)
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded + divided
- shredded lettuce
- diced tomatoes
- green onion
- sour cream
The topping options are endless…..
Preheat oven to 415 degrees
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook turkey with taco seasoning. Drain if needed. (mine didn’t)
Stir in chopped olives + green chilies + salsa. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Add 1 cup of shredded cheese to the meat mixture.
Fill cooked shells with about two tablespoons of mixture. Place filled shells in a baking dish. Top with remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese.
Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted + bubbly.
Remove from oven and top with your favorite garnishes.