Mexican Stuffed Shells (Meat and Vegetarian versions)

Regular Mexican Stuffed Shells
1 lb. ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
4 oz. cream cheese
14-16 jumbo pasta shells
1 1/2 cups salsa
1 cup taco sauce
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese
(optional toppings...3 green onions, Sour cream, sliced black olives, etc.)
Preheat oven to 350°. In a frying pan cook ground beef; add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions.  Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Blend well. Set aside and cool completely.  While ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to directions; drain. Pour salsa on bottom of 9×13 baking dish.  Stuff each shell with the meat mixture. Place shells in 9×13 pan open side up. Cover shells with taco sauce.  Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, add shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes, with the foil removed.  Top with any optional toppings, if desired.

Vegetarian Mexican Stuffed Shells

1 ripe avocado
4 oz. cream cheese
14-16 jumbo pasta shells
1 1/2 cups salsa
1 cup taco sauce
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese
(optional toppings...sliced jalapeno rings, 3 green onions, Sour cream, sliced black olives, salsa, etc.)

Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, mash avocado. Add cream cheese, and blend. You may add a squirt of lime juice and/or some juice from a jar of sliced jalapeno rings if the mixture is too thick. Cook the pasta shells according to directions; drain. Pour salsa on bottom of 9×13 baking dish.  Stuff each shell with the avocado-cheese mixture. Place shells in 9×13 pan open side up. Cover shells with taco sauce.  Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, add shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes, with the foil removed.  Top with any optional toppings, if desired.

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