Mexican Stuffed Manicotti
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Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 14 manicotti
 
Manicotti stuffed with Mexican spiced ground beef and vegetables then topped off with Sabra salsa sauce for a tasty fusion cuisine.
Ingredients
For the manicotti:
  • 1 box manicotti
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1½ c. ricotta cheese
  • 2 c. cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 jalapenos, minced (optional)
For the Sauce:
  • 1 container Sabra homestyle salsa, medium
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 T. cumin
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
Instructions
  1. Cook the manicotti according to the package directions. Place on a sheet on foil to cool.
  2. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until beef begins to brown.
  3. Add in the onions and peppers and cook for 5 minutes. Drain off any fat.
  4. Add ½ cup of water and taco seasoning to the pan and cook for 2 additional minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. In a large bowl combine the ricotta cheese, 1 cup of cheddar cheese, and the jalapenos. Stir in the warm meat mixture. Mix well.
  6. Stuff the manicotti with the meat and cheese mixture. Place manicotti back on the foil once they are stuffed.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  8. In a saucepan, combine the Sabra salsa, tomato sauce, cumin, and garlic cloves. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  9. Spoon 1 cup of the sauce into a 9 x 13 pan. Arrange the manicotti in the pan, on top of the sauce, in a single row.
  10. Spoon the remaining sauce over top of the manicotti. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  11. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and serve hot.
Notes
A Hezzi-D Original Recipe
Recipe by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks at https://www.hezzi-dsbooksandcooks.com/2015/07/mexican-stuffed-manicotti.html