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Taco Spaghetti combines my kids two favorite recipes, tacos and spaghetti. This recipe is delicious, easy to make, and perfect for feeding a crowd.

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Taco Spaghetti Recipe:

If you are looking for an easy, one pot meal this Taco Spaghetti Recipe is always a family favorite. The ingredients are simple and gives this recipe so much flavor. The ground beef, spaghetti noodles and melted cheese makes this the perfect weeknight meal.

We love tacos and spaghetti and this recipe is a easy to combine both of our favorites. It is delicious and the best comfort food any day of the week. My kids always have friends over and this is my go-to meal to feed a crowd.

I love one pot meals as they are budget friendly and easy clean up. No need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, when you can easily make this meal and save money too. Even my picky eaters will enjoy this dish.

Taco Spaghetti in a dish

What is Taco Spaghetti?

Taco spaghetti is an easy one pot recipe that combines two family favorites, tacos and spaghetti. The seasoned ground beef is loaded with flavor. Add in the tomatoes, taco seasoning and noodles to make a delicious meal.

After all the ingredients are combined we love to top with shredded cheese to bring everything together. This recipe is kid approved and perfect for any day of the week.

Ingredients needed - ground beef, yellow onion, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, spaghetti noodles, water, cheddar cheese, fresh cilantro

Ingredients: 

  • Ground Beef 
  • Yellow Onion (diced) 
  • Taco Seasoning (1 oz) 
  • Diced tomatoes with Green Chiles (Rotel – 10 oz can) 
  • Spaghetti Noodles (uncooked) 
  • Water 
  • Cheddar Cheese (shredded) 
  • Fresh Cilantro (chopped) 

How to Make Taco Spaghetti: 

  • Step 1 – Brown the ground beef with the diced onions in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Break up the beef as it browns.  Cook until the onions are soft and the beef is no longer pink.  Drain off any excess grease. 
  • Step 2 – Stir in the taco seasoning, diced tomatoes with green chilies, spaghetti noodles and water.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Cover, reduce the heat to medium heat and cook on low for 15 minutes until the noodles are cooked through.
  •  Step 3 – Stir in half of the shredded cheese.  Cover and let sit until the cheese melted (approximately 1 minute). 
  • Step 4 – Turn off the heat.  Serve warm topped with the remaining shredded cheese and cilantro.  Enjoy! 
Taco Spaghetti in a dish with a spoon

What to Serve with Taco Spaghetti:

This taco spaghetti is a quick weeknight meal. In less than 30 minutes, you can have this pasta recipe on the table. So I like to keep the sides simple and easy. These are some of my favorites.

  • Green Salad – Serving a garden salad with this dish is perfect as I can add in vegetable which makes this a complete meal.
  • French Bread – I love serving this with a side of french bread. It is easy and great for getting the last drop of the sauce.
  • Guacamole – Chips and guacamole can easily be served with this taco spaghetti recipe. You can even serve guacamole and salsa on top of the dish.
  • Roasted Vegetables – Add a side of roasted broccoli or roasted asparagus for a delicious and easy side dish.
Taco Spaghetti in a dish with a fork

Tips for Taco Spaghetti Recipe:

  • Cheese – Shred your own cheddar cheese instead of using the pre-shredded type as it will melt more creamy in the pasta dish. 
  • Cook Beef and Onions – Brown ground beef and onions until no longer pink. Make sure to drain any grease from the beef.
  • Allow Mixture to simmer – After adding in the taco seasoning, rotel, noodles and water allow tex mex mixture to simmer. This is when the noodles cook al dente and it allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Mixing in Cheese – Mix in the cheese once the pasta has cooked.
  • Bake Taco Spaghetti – You can easily pour the taco spaghetti in a baking dish in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. Top with cheese and bake until cheese is melted.
Taco Spaghetti in a dish with a fork

How to Store:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. This Mexican Spaghetti is delicious leftover as the ingredients marinate overnight to give it more flavor.

I like to store in individual containers for an easy lunch the next day.

How to Reheat Leftovers:

When you are ready to reheat leftovers, place in a microwave safe dish. Reheat for about 30 second intervals until reheated thoroughly.

Taco Spaghetti in a dish with a bite on a fork

How to Freeze:

Taco Spaghetti can be placed in the freezer in an air tight container. Taco spaghetti can be frozen for about 3 months if stored properly.

When ready to reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge and then reheat in the microwave.

Taco Spaghetti in a dish with a spoon

Substitutions and Additions:

  • Add a Topping – This recipe is also delicious topped with your favorite taco toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, sour cream, etc.).
  • Veggie Option – If you prefer to make this dish without meat, you can mix in black beans or pinto beans.
  • Change the Meat – This taco pasta recipe can easily be made with ground turkey or ground chicken. I have even mixed half ground turkey and half ground beef.
  • Change Cheese – We used cheddar cheese, but you can easily use mexican cheeses, or Colby Monterrey Jack Cheese for added flavor.
  • Tomatoes – We used a can of Rotel Tomatoes. To add in some spice we like to add hot Rotel to this mixture. The ingredients really balance out the spicy levels.
  • Pasta – Change the pasta to a linguini, fettuccini, or angel hair pasta. You can also use a bite size pasta. Use what you prefer.

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Taco Spaghetti combines my kids two favorite recipes, tacos and spaghetti. This recipe is easy to make, and perfect for feeding a crowd.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Main Course
Calories 432

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion diced
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning 1 oz
  • 1 can Diced tomatoes with Green Chilies Rotel – 10 oz can
  • 8 oz Spaghetti Noodles uncooked
  • 3 cups Water
  • 4 oz Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • Fresh Cilantro chopped

Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef with the diced onions in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Break up the beef as it browns.  Cook until the onions are soft and the beef is no longer pink.  Drain off any excess grease.
  • Stir in the taco seasoning, diced tomatoes with green chilies, spaghetti noodles and water.  Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.  Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook on low for 15 minutes until the noodles are cooked through.
  • Stir in half of the shredded cheese.  Cover and let sit until the cheese melted (approximately 1 minute).
  • Turn off the heat.  Serve warm topped with the remaining shredded cheese and cilantro.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Shred your own cheddar cheese instead of using the pre-shredded type as it will melt more creamy in the pasta dish.  
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 
This recipe is also delicious topped with your favorite taco toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, sour cream, etc.)

Nutrition Facts

Calories 432kcal, Carbohydrates 35g, Protein 23g, Fat 22g, Saturated Fat 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 73mg, Sodium 658mg, Potassium 405mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 792IU, Vitamin C 8mg, Calcium 175mg, Iron 3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and my husband loved it. He says this is the best new dish I’ve made in a long time. Thank you