Beef Fiesta Shells

Cut: Ground Round
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

Main Ingredients:

 1 pound ground round beef
 1 small white onion, chopped
 1 small can chopped green chilies
 1 cup grated reduced fat cheddar cheese
 1 jar (12 oz) picante sauce (mild or medium)
 1 small can tomato paste
 1 small can french fried onion rings, divided
 18 large pasta shells (stuffable kind)

  1. Cook pasta shells according to directions. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, combine tomato sauce, picante sauce and one cup of water. Set aside.
  3. Brown meat with onions, salt and pepper. Add can of green chilies, 1/2 cup of cheese, half a can of onion rings and 1/2 cup of prepared sauce.
  4. Stuff shell with meat mixture. Pour remaining sauce over shells. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle remaining onion rings and cheese over the top. Bake for 5 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly. Makes 6 servings.
Recipe Tips:
  • This recipe can be converted to a casserole by omitting the large pasta shells and replacing with 1 12 oz. bag of medium-small pasta shells. Instead of stuffing shells, mix meat mixture with cooked small shells. Follow the rest of the original recipe.
Recipe Notes:

Nutrition information per serving: 334 calories; 11.5 g fat; 48 mg cholesterol; 3.4 mg iron; 3.5 g saturated fat; 613 mg sodium

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