Friday, August 14, 2009

Dinner tonight was Tacos in Pasta Shells

Tacos in Pasta Shells, photo courtesy of Allrecipes. They took a better one than I did!

My sister made this for me years ago and I LOVED it! I came back to the Middle East, at the time, Saudi Arabia, and found all the ingredients there and came home one day and made it for my husband.

It sucked!

I forgot to cook the pasta shells. Hello! Needless to say, the dude was not happy! I called my sister crying my eyes out and racking up the phone bill and she laughed at me, albeit, very kindly and we figured what I did.

I come to Oman and they never ever sold the jumbo pasta shells until a few months ago. I think I bought most of the packets! So, we had this for dinner tonight.

Give it a try...and let me know!

1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef
1 (3 oz.) package cream cheese with chives, cubed and softened
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chili powder
18 uncooked pasta shells - COOK, RINSE AND DRAIN!!
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 cup prepared taco sauce
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips (I used Doritos)
1 cup sour cream
3 green onions, chopped

Extra Ingredients:

olives (optional)

Dice these up for garnish.

Cook beef until brown. Reduce flame to medium-low and add cream cheese, salt and chili powder. Simmer for 5 minutes. Toss shells with butter then fill with the beef mixture. Arrange shells in buttered 13x9 pan. Pour taco sauce over each shell. Cover with foil. Bake at 350*F for 15 minutes. Uncover, top with cheese. Bake for 15 minutes more or until bubbly. Top with the onions and chips. Garnish with lettuce, olives and tomatoes and sour cream.



Clodagh a.k.a. Isra said...

how funky, i could never be bothered with the small detail so i admire you! yummo.

Alia said...

Ok. We need to talk about this!!!