Combining the zestiness of tacos with the comfort of spaghetti, this taco spaghetti recipe is a delightful fusion that promises to be a hit at your dinner table. Perfect for home cooks, spaghetti lovers, and Mexican food enthusiasts, this recipe is simple to follow and customizable to suit various tastes.

taco spaghetti recipe


For this recipe, you'll need the following ingredients:

Main Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti (12 oz): Any brand of spaghetti will do. Feel free to use whole wheat or gluten-free if preferred.
  • Ground Beef (1 lb): You can substitute with ground turkey or chicken for a leaner option.
  • Taco Seasoning (1 packet): Store-bought or homemade.
  • Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies (1 can, 10 oz): Adds a bit of spice and tang.
  • Tomato Sauce (1 can, 8 oz): Provides a rich tomato base.
  • Onion (1 medium, chopped): Adds a sweet and savory flavor.
  • Bell Pepper (1 medium, chopped): Adds crunch and color.
  • Garlic (3 cloves, minced): Essential for depth of flavor.
  • Chicken Broth (2 cups): Helps to create a savory sauce.
  • Olive Oil (2 tbsp): For sautéing.

Optional Toppings and Additions:

  • Shredded Cheese (Mexican Blend or Cheddar)
  • Sour Cream
  • Sliced Jalapeños
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Avocado Slices
  • Lime Wedges


Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Prepare the Spaghetti:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Add the spaghetti and cook according to the package instructions until al dente.
  3. Drain and set aside.

2. Cook the Taco Meat:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onion and bell pepper, and sauté until softened about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up into crumbles as it cooks.
  5. Drain any excess fat from the skillet.

3. Combine Ingredients:

  1. Add the taco seasoning to the cooked meat and stir to coat evenly.
  2. Pour in the diced tomatoes with green chilies and tomato sauce, mixing well.
  3. Add the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

4. Mix in the Spaghetti:

  1. Add the cooked spaghetti to the skillet with the taco meat sauce.
  2. Toss everything together until the spaghetti is well-coated with the sauce.

Serving Suggestions

  • Garnish your taco spaghetti with shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, sliced jalapeños, chopped cilantro, and avocado slices.
  • Presentation can be enhanced by serving in a large bowl with lime wedges on the side.
  • Side Dishes that pair well include a fresh green salad, garlic bread, or tortilla chips with guacamole.


Personalize Your Taco Spaghetti:

  • Protein Variations: Substitute ground beef with ground turkey, chicken, or even plant-based meat for a vegetarian version.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the heat by using mild or hot diced tomatoes with green chilies, or by adding more or less jalapeños.
  • Pasta Alternatives: Try using whole wheat spaghetti, gluten-free pasta, or even zucchini noodles for a low-carb option.
  • Cheese Options: Use different types of cheese such as Monterey Jack, Queso Fresco, or even a spicy Pepper Jack.


We hope you enjoy making and savoring this unique taco spaghetti recipe. It's a fantastic way to bring together the beloved flavors of tacos and spaghetti in one delightful dish. Give it a try and share your experiences with us! And if you loved this fusion recipe, don't forget to explore more exciting recipes on our blog.

Happy cooking!

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