If you’ve never tried One-Pot Taco Spaghetti, you’re in for a treat! This surprising dish will have your family excited for dinnertime. Is it tacos? Is it spaghetti? Yes!
The zesty goodness will get mouths watering because of the aroma from the kitchen. Traditional taco spices mixed in a bubbling tomato sauce are sure to please.
Topped with cheeses, fresh tomatoes, and herbs, this meal is as beautiful as it is delicious. Take taco Tuesday up a notch with this easy taco spaghetti recipe.
What is Taco Spaghetti?
One-Pot Taco Spaghetti is a fun twist on traditional spaghetti because it calls for taco seasoning. The convenience of a one-pot meal makes this dish easy to serve and a breeze to clean up.
Is One-Pot Taco Spaghetti easy to make?
Yes! One-pot taco spaghetti is actually quite easy to make. The basic skills needed are browning ground beef and boiling water for pasta. In fact, it’s so easy, you can let the kids help.
What can I serve with Taco Spaghetti?
Because taco spaghetti is a fusion of Mexican and Italian cuisine, there are plenty of foods that will go great with it. We’ve served this as the only dish, but we’ve also served it alongside other dishes. Here are a few ideas:
- A tossed salad of mixed greens, black olives, and diced tomatoes with an avocado ranch dressing.
- Oven-toasted garlic bread
- Mexican (or buttered) corn on the cob
- Black beans
- Instant Pot Chipotle Rice
- Crockpot Red Beans and Rice
- Pico de gallo
- Grilled vegetables
- Avocado salad
- Oven roasted vegetables
Of course, you can serve it alongside tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, quesadillas, or other Mexican favorites your family loves.
Tips and Recipe Notes
- Use a potato masher to easily break-up the ground beef into small bits.
- Be careful not to overcook the spaghetti. If the noodles are too soft, they will breakdown when mixed with the other ingredients.
- A little splash of oil in the pasta water helps keep the pot from boiling over and the noodles from being sticky.
What Else Can I Put in Taco Spaghetti?
This is a yummy, filling dish. But I think, when it comes to Mexican food, there’s always room for more toppings! Dress up your taco spaghetti with any of these toppings:
- Sour cream
- More cheese!
- Corn salsa
- Creme fraise
- Ground Beef – Try chorizo instead of ground beef for a spicier meat sauce.
- Spaghetti – You could use a different shape of pasta in place of the spaghetti i.e., penne or bowtie pasta.
- Cheese – Pepper Jack cheese would give this dish an extra kick. You can also grab spicy Mexican cheese pre-shredded from the grocery store.
- Diced Tomatoes – For some extra flavor, use a can of Rotel instead.
- Veggies – Add some extra vegetables like mushrooms or bell peppers to add some vitamins.
How Do I Make This Vegetarian?
One simple way to turn this into a vegetarian dish is to replace the ground beef with crumbled tofu or Beyond Meat. You can also make this gluten-free by using gluten-free pasta.
How Do I Store Taco Spaghetti?
To store left-over Taco Spaghetti, allow it to cool to room temperature before putting it into an airtight container. Seal carefully and store in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Can I Freeze Taco Spaghetti?
Taco Spaghetti can be frozen to serve another day if you’re making a double batch or making freezer meals. Allow the food to cool to room temperature. Then, place into a freezer bag, smoothed flat, or in an air-tight container. Taco Spaghetti can be stored in the freezer up to three months.
How to Reheat Taco Spaghetti
Allow the frozen Taco Spaghetti to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat in the microwave. Add extra cheese on top, if desired.