Mexican Manicotti casserole is a delicious, easy to make, comforting, Low-Sugar meal. Enjoy this yummy Mexican Ground beef casserole dish full of Mexican seasonings and flavor.
I made a dish a few times, back in the old days, that required stuffing cannelloni pasta shells. That was an incredibly frustrating meal to prepare.
The cannelloni shells broke. I became a frustrated cook with Italian stuffing all over everywhere. Except in those darned noodles!
All the same, we loved that dinner. Even though It looked like mangled lasagna. What’s the point? I’ll just make my Mom’s lasagna.
And that’s exactly what I did. For a LONG time. But one day…
That old manicotti recipe called me back. I wanted it to succeed! I wandered down the grocery aisle and found these manicotti shells. I determinedly placed the box of pasta shells in my cart!
Happily, I had a much better experience this time.
Mexican (Taco) manicotti is a really fun way to make manicotti casserole. I’ll make manicotti Italian casserole sometime. But for today I’m going with my Mexican taco filling.
Mexican Manicotti Casserole Notes:
Manicotti noodles are stronger than cannelloni. I found a REALLY small jam spoon in my silverware drawer; (a baby spoon would also work). The small spoon made it easy to push the stuffing into the manicotti shells without too much trouble.
TIPS for this recipe:
This is an easy Mexican casserole to prepare. Just make the stuffing. Then stuff and bake.
- Oil your baking pan to prevent the casserole sticking
- Be SURE to use the Manicotti noodles so your noodles are strong enough to stuff
- Use a very small spoon to push the stuffing into the manicotti
Make Ahead Meal:
This is a great ground beef casserole recipe make ahead recipe. I like that! If I EVER have the meal planning forethought to think about dinner a day ahead, that is. For those of you that do, Just assemble the casserole and refrigerate it until needed.
You can make it the night before, or the morning of, the day you plan to bake it. 30 minutes before your bake time, remove your Mexican Manicotti Casserole from the fridge to warm up.
Freezer Meal Instructions:
You can also Freeze this Taco casserole in a tightly covered dish for up to 3 months. This a great make ahead freezer meal. Just Remember to LABEL the Foil wrap with the recipe name, DATE and Baking instructions.
If someone you know has a tight schedule or family crisis. Pull this dinner recipe out of the freezer.
Mexican Casserole Recipe Notes:
As I mentioned above a small jam spoon or baby spoon will work best to push the filling into the manicotti. Manicotti is a bit more durable and cannelloni however it will break if you get too rough with it.
This Taco Stuffed Manicotti casserole has instructions in the Recipe card for BOTH Microwave and Conventional oven instructions. Feel free to use whichever works best for you.
Mexican beef casseroles are a big crowd pleaser. I like to serve this one with a big green salad like our Kale Apple Salad or garden berry salad. The sweet in these salads add a nice counterpoint to the Mexican flavors.
OVEN BAKE INSTRUCTIONS: MICROWAVE INSTRUCTIONS: This recipe puts the cheese topping on after microwave. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 368 Total Fat: 26g Saturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 101mg Sodium: 788mg Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Protein: 26g
OVEN BAKE INSTRUCTIONS:
This recipe puts the cheese topping on after microwave.
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