Mexican Manicotti

As I was making this last night for dinner…..I quickly became skeptical.

I had never used green taco sauce before or uncooked manicotti noodles (I’ve always cooked then stuffed them). I was afraid they wouldn’t cook enough to be soft.

As I lifted the foil off the casserole dish after cooking it was even worse.

It Just Didn’t Look Appetizing

I added the cheese to melt and we proceeded to eat it.

And I was Pleasantly Surprised!

Even though, to me, this dish does not have eye appeal it got a thumbs up from the rest of the family (and I WILL admit it WAS good!).

So this is on my ‘keeper’ list.

I used a long handled metal spoon to help stuff the uncooked manicotti
I topped mine off with sour cream and avocado (yum!)

Mexican Manicotti


1 lb lean ground turkey
16 ounces fat free refried beans
1.5 ounce pkg taco seasoning mix
14 to 16 manicotti shells uncooked
12 ounce bottle green taco sauce
1 cup Mexican grated cheese


Brown ground turkey and drain. Mix cooked ground turkey with beans and taco seasoning.
Stuff mixture into uncooked shells.
Lay stuffed shells into a 9X13 pan.
Mix the green taco sauce with about 3/4 bottle of water. (Use the bottle the sauce came in.)
Pour sauce over manicotti, cover with foil, and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Remove from heat and sprinkle with cheese.
Put back in oven until cheese is melted without the foil this time.
Garnish with green onions, olives, tomatoes, and cut lettuce.





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