Air Fryer Taco Stuffed Shells

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My Air Fryer Taco Stuffed Shells recipe features seasoned ground beef and ooey-gooey cheese melted inside of slightly crisp air-fried shells. If you don’t have an air fryer, I’ll explain how to bake them in the oven. Whether you make them as an appetizer or part of a meal, everyone will love them! It only requires a few simple ingredients to make, so don’t lose this recipe!

Air Fryer Taco Stuffed Shells recipe features seasoned ground beef and ooey-gooey cheese melted inside of slightly crisp air-fried shells.

Air Fryer Taco Stuffed Shells

This is a great and tasty meal that your entire family will love. The yummy twist on these pasta shells is perfect for when you want something flavorful but need it fast. We all know that a taco is a tasty meal, but have you ever had one served inside of a pasta shell?

Air Fryer Taco Stuffed Shells recipe features seasoned ground beef and ooey-gooey cheese melted inside of slightly crisp air-fried shells.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Taco Stuffed Shells:

  • Ground beef
  • Green bell pepper
  • Yellow onion
  • Taco seasoning
  • Jumbo pasta shells
  • Monterey Jack Cheese (or other favorite cheese)
Taco Shells Ingredients

What Do You Need to Make Air Fryer Stuffed Shells:

  • Air Fryer (or Baking Sheet if you don’t have an air fryer)
  • Skillet
  • Pasta pot
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Spoon or rubber spatula
Taco Meat

Recipe for Air Fryer Stuffed Shells

Add pasta shells to a pot of boiling water and cook as directed to al dente per box instructions. Drain and set aside, being sure to unstick shells from each other during cooling. 

Shells with meat and cheese inside

In a skillet over medium heat, combine the ground beef, diced vegetables, and taco seasoning. Cook until ground beef is brown and vegetables are tender. Allow the filling to cool slightly before stuffing shells. 

Taco Shells in Air Fryer

Place about 1 Tablespoon of meat mixture into a stuffing shell and place an approximately 1/2 inch cube of cheese over the meat mixture within the first shell. Top with the second shell, wrapping around the first. 

Taco Shells in Air Fryer Filled with Meat and Cheese

Spray shells with avocado oil or non-stick spray and bake in batches at 400F for 7 minutes, no need to flip. If baking the Taco Stuffed Shells in the oven, allow for about 10 minutes of cooking time at 350 degrees. Create a dipping sauce out of sour cream and hot sauce. 

Air Fryer Taco Stuffed Shells recipe features seasoned ground beef and ooey-gooey cheese melted inside of slightly crisp air-fried shells.

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Air Fryer Taco Stuffed Shells

Air Fryer Taco Stuffed Shells recipe features seasoned ground beef and ooey-gooey cheese melted inside of slightly crisp air-fried shells. Can be made as an appetizer or part of a meal.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 8 people

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • 10 inch skillet
  • Pasta pot
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Spoon or rubber spatula

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound ground beef, 90/10
  • ½ green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1.1 ounces taco seasoning (1 packet)
  • 12 ounces jumbo stuffing shells
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack, block (or other favorite cheese)

Instructions 

  • Add pasta shells to a pot of boiling water and cook as directed to al dente per box instructions.
  • Drain and set aside, being sure to unstick shells from each other during cooling.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, combine the ground beef, diced vegetables, and taco seasoning.
  • Cook until ground beef is brown and vegetables are tender. Allow the filling to cool slightly before stuffing shells. 
  • Place about 1 Tablespoon of meat mixture into a stuffing shell and place an approximately 1/2 inch cube of cheese over the meat mixture within the first shell. 
  • Top with the second shell, wrapping around the first. 
  • Spray shells with avocado oil or non-stick spray and bake in batches at 400F for 7 minutes, no need to flip.
  • If baking in the oven, allow for about 10 minutes of cooking time at 350°. 
  • Create a dipping sauce out of sour cream and hot sauce.

Notes

Air fried shells will be a light tan when done cooking and have a hard sound when tapped with a knife. They should not bounce back or produce no sound. Baked shells won’t be as crispy.
You may have meat mixture leftover. 

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Kelly Dixon

The Blogette is a comfort food website designed to inspire you with easy recipes that are classic, simple, and delicious whether you’re cooking for yourself, family, or friends!


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