These stuffed shells are perfect for dinner, but make the perfect appetizer when watching the game. When making stuffed shells, add a few more dried pasta shells to the water than you will need since some will rip. The filling for this recipe should fill about 16 shells.
20 jumbo dried pasta shells
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound lean ground beef
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cup marinara sauce, store-bought or see our homemade marinara sauce recipe
4 to 8 dashes hot sauce, depending on taste
2 ounces goat cheese
1/2 cup breadcrumbs, we like using panko
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/4 cup coarsely grated cheddar cheese
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 3-quart baking dish or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil, add the pasta shells then follow package directions for cooking the shells. Drain, and then rinse the shells with cold water.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil a wide skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, about 10 minutes. As the beef cooks, use a wooden spoon to break the beef up into small pieces in the pan. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano and garlic powder, corn and marinara sauce. Season with about 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Bring to a low simmer and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
Take the pan off of the heat then stir in hot sauce and goat cheese. Taste the filling and adjust with salt and/or pepper. Fill each shell with taco filling and arrange into the baking dish.
In a small bowl, stir breadcrumbs with melted butter. Scatter on top of the filled shells then top with the cheddar cheese. Bake until the tips of the shells begin to brown, about 25 minutes.