Three Cheese Mexican Shells

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These shells get loaded with taco seasoned cream cheese ground beef, corn, black beans, and topped with cheese and taco sauce. These will quickly become a family favorite!
Three cheese mexican shells on a white serving plate.

I can’t believe that it is already August! What? Where has the summer gone? It has gone by so quickly and I am not sure I am ready for it to be over. I love everything that comes with summer. The warm weather, barbecues, swimming at the pool… the list goes on for me. It has been so busy for us that it has made the time fly by. It gets so busy that sometimes it is hard to cook a decent meal each night.

I have missed cooking! We usually aren’t home and when we do get home I have to make something really quick. So I made a goal last week to cook a meal for my family each night. These Shells were on the menu last week. And they were such a huge hit with the family!

Three cheese mexican shells in a white baking dish.

Everything about these shells are amazing. The ground beef mixture is seasoned with taco seasoning. Then you add cream cheese which gives the meat such a creamy and delicious flavor! Then you load them with a cheese blend and bake. These are awesome.

Three cheese mexican shells on a white plate.

I call the meal a success when the entire family will eat it and like it. My son kept asking for more shells and cleaned his plate. I also loved topping the shells with all of our favorite mexican toppings. Olives, green onions, sour cream, whatever your heart desires.

We loved this meal and it will for sure be added to our dinner rotation. You will love it just as much as we did!

Three cheese mexican shells in a white baking dish.

Three Cheese Mexican Shells

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These shells get loaded with taco seasoned cream cheese ground beef, corn, black beans, and topped with cheese and taco sauce.  These will quickly become a family favorite!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 Servings


  • 1 pound ground beef lean
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 can corn 8 oz., drained
  • 1 can black beans 8 oz., drained and rinsed
  • 16 jumbo shells
  • 1 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 cup taco sauce on the Mexican isle
  • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

optional toppings:

  • green onions
  • sour cream
  • olives
  • tomatoes


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium skillet cook ground beef until no longer pink and drain the remaining grease. Add the taco seasoning and cream cheese and stir until cream cheese is melted. Add corn and black beans.
  • While the meat is cooking, cook shells according to package directions and rinse.
  • In a 9x13 add the salsa and spread evenly along the bottom. Stuff shells with meat mixture and place having up in the bottom of the pan. Pour taco sauce on top of the shells. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and top with cheese. Bake for an additional 10 minutes without the foil until cheese is melted. Top with optional toppings.


Serves: 8

Calories478kcal (24%)Carbohydrates37g (12%)Protein25g (50%)Fat27g (42%)Saturated Fat13g (65%)Cholesterol83mg (28%)Sodium1738mg (72%)Potassium638mg (18%)Fiber6g (24%)Sugar6g (7%)Vitamin A1268IU (25%)Vitamin C28mg (34%)Calcium262mg (26%)Iron3mg (17%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword shell recipes, three cheese Mexican shells, three cheese shells
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. This is so delicious! I used a 15 oz. can of black beans, so I cut back on the corn (4 oz. frozen corn). I got 22 nicely stuffed shells that everyone loved. Thank you!

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