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Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Shells

These Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Shells are a winning flavor packed meal. This is comfort food at it’s best!

Mexican Stuffed Shells - Cheesy comfort food at it's best! Makes an excellent FREEZER Meal too!  #mexicanfood #freezermeal #stuffedshells

If you love Mexican food, or any food that has even a little Mexican flair like I do, you are going to love this meal! It makes enough to feed a crowd, so it’s awesome to make when you have friends and family over. But even if you are cooking for just a few people, freeze half of the recipe for another night when you don’t feel like cooking. Meals like these are lifesavers!

Mexican Stuffed Shells - Cheesy comfort food at it's best! Makes an excellent FREEZER Meal!  #mexicanfood #freezermeal #stuffedshells

When I was about 7 or 8 months pregnant I made these Mexican Shells. I filled 2 pans and put one in the oven and one in the freezer so I would have an easy meal once the baby was born. Boy, I wish I did a little more meal prep like that, because it was SO nice knowing I already had a meal ready. All I had to do was turn on the oven, and at the end of a hectic day, we had an awesome meal that everyone loved!

Mexican Stuffed Shells - Cheesy comfort food at it's best! Makes a great FREEZER Meal too!  #mexicanfood #freezermeal #stuffedshells

You can easily control the spice in this dish by using mild or hot salsa. I used mild since my little ones would be eating it too, but if you like a little spice, go for the hot stuff!

This is one of those meals that will become a regular on your dinner menu – it’s so good!

Mexican Stuffed Shells - Cheesy comfort food at it's best! Makes an excellent FREEZER Meal too!  #mexicanfood #freezermeal #stuffedshells

Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Shells

Serves 10-12
Prep time 25 minutes
Cook time 35 minutes
Total time 1 hour
These Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Shells are a flavor packed meal that will feed a crowd. This is comfort food at it's best! These can easily be made ahead of time and they freeze well too!


  • 36 jumbo pasta shells (cooked)


  • 8oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups shredded cheese


  • 4 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 Medium onion (diced and cooked)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt (to taste)


Step 1
Preheat oven to 350
In a large bowl mix together all of the ingredients for the filling. Carefully stuff each shell and place in a 9x13" baking dish - you may need another dish to fit all of the shells. In a blender, mix the salsa, cream cheese, and chicken stock until creamy. If too thick add extra stock. Pour over shells and top with shredded cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.


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29 Responses to “Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Shells”

  1. So crazy good Stephanie! I love Mexican food, we all do here, and I can’t wait to try this recipe soon!

  2. You can’t go wrong with stuffed shells ; )
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  3. Oh. My. Goodness. I want those right now. I love freezer meals — especially for those hectic days. And I know my kids would totally dig this too.
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  4. christine says:

    I love to play around w/ different fillings for stuffed shells. These look so cheesy delicious!
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  5. I’ve always been kind of wary about stuffed shells that contain anything but ricotta and marinara. But these look so cheesy and amazing, I absolutely HAVE to try them!
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  6. Angie says:

    I’m hungry for lunch now, this looks amazing!
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  7. These look delish and I bet they freeze beautiful! I need some!!
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  8. Amanda says:

    I absolutely love any thing with a mexican flavor or twist. These look delicious!!

  9. This makes my tummy growl, YUM

  10. What a great mash-up! Wish I was having this for lunch.
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  11. I love stuffed shells but have never thought to use a Mexican flavor before. I love the idea.
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  12. OK, now I feel like if I don’t get some Mexican food in me stat, I’ll die! Mmmm!
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  13. What a great idea for stuffed shells! I love make ahead meals like this!
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  14. Oh my gosh all that cheese!!! I would like this in my face immediately.
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  15. Looks cheesey and delicious! I need to get into the practice of freezing extra food for a quick and easy meal.
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  16. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    These shells look great! Love all that Mexican flavor.
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  17. Marly says:

    What a great idea. It’s like a Mexican pizza but with pasta. Love it. Now I’m going to have to figure out a way to veganize this for my family. Thanks for the inspiring recipe!
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  18. Samantha says:

    What a great twist on traditional italian stuffed shells. I love this idea!!!!!!!
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  19. That is cheesy! would be a good potluck meal
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  20. These look amazing! What a great recipe! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us! Pinning this.

  21. Mary says:

    What a creative twist on italian stuffed shells. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Betty says:

    Hi there! I plan on making these tomorrow, but since there are only 3 of us, I will freeze half…do I bake them and then freeze ? Also, do I thaw the frozen ones before reheating? At what temperature and for how long? Thanks! My hubby will love them!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Betty!
      No need to cook them before freezing. When you are ready to eat the frozen ones, just thaw and bake as directed in the recipe. Hope you enjoy!

  23. Julia says:

    I am drooling! This looks wonderful! Come by and link it up at Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday! We’d love to have you!

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams
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  24. These shells look so yummy! Wow. The cream cheese, corn, cheese..mmmm. found at cast party wed. Have a great week
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  25. This is such a great idea! I love using the shells as the package for all the Mexican goodness!
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