Southwestern Baked Spaghetti

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Southwestern Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Southwestern Baked Spaghetti Recipe - great make-ahead dinner! Baked spaghetti loaded with ground beef, chili seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chiles, spaghetti sauce, corn, peas, French fried onions, and cheese. We loved every single bite! Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. All you need is a salad and bread and dinner is done! Everyone cleaned their plate!
baked spaghetti on a fork

Easy Baked Spaghetti Recipe

This Southwestern Baked Spaghetti is one of our favorite weeknight meals. It is super easy to make and tastes great! Ground beef, chili seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chiles, spaghetti sauce, corn, peas, French fried onions, and cheese. We loved every single bite! It was so good that we ate it leftover for lunch the next day. It was equally delicious!

baked spaghetti with corn and peas in casserole dish

How to Make Southwestern Baked Spaghetti

This Southwestern Baked Spaghetti Casserole is super easy to make. Start by browning the ground beef. While the beef is browning, get the pasta going. Once the ground beef is cooked, drain the fat and place in a large bowl. Combine the cooked meat with some Rotel tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, chili seasoning, corn, and peas. Drain the cooked pasta and add to the ground beef mixture. Transfer to a baking dish and top with cheese and French fried onions. Pop it in the oven and you are done.

If you aren't a fan of green peas or corn feel free to change them out for some mushrooms and/or green bell peppers. I used cheddar cheese in this casserole but any cheese will work great. You can also swap the ground beef for ground turkey.

Can I Make Baked Spaghetti in Advance?

You can make this Southwestern Baked Spaghetti in advance and refrigerate until ready to bake. Take the casserole dish out of the refrigerator and preheat the oven. You may need to add 5 or 10 minutes to the baking time when baking straight out of the refrigerator. 

Can I Freeze Baked Spaghetti?

This Southwestern Baked Spaghetti makes a great freezer meal! I will sometimes split the casserole between two pans. I will bake one and freeze the other one for later. To bake after freezing, thaw completely in the refrigerator and follow the baking directions below.

baked spaghetti with corn and peas on a fork

What to Serve With Southwestern Baked Spaghetti

We loved this yummy Southwestern Baked Spaghetti. The flavors were great and it was easy to make. You don't need a lot of side dishes to go with this spaghetti casserole. We usually just make a simple salad and some rolls. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy Southwestern Baked Spaghetti:

Firehouse Chili

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Firehouse Chili Recipe

Firehouse Chili Recipe - seriously delicious!! So simple and it tastes great! All you need is some cornbread and dinner is done! Ground beef, onion, garlic, tomato sauce, Rotel tomatoes, beef broth, cumin, chili powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, and chili beans. Great for potlucks and parties. Can make on the stove or in the crockpot. Leftovers are good on top of a baked potato! YUM! 
chili in a bowl with cheese and jalapenos

Easy Firehouse Chili Recipe

At the first hint of Fall, I start craving chili. This Firehouse Chili recipe is at the top of my list to make! It doesn't matter if it is still hot outside, I'm going to be eating a big bowl of Firehouse Chili watching football. Who's with me?!?!?! It's hard to be a good bowl of chili with a side of cornbread on a Fall/Winter night.

chili in a pot with a spoon

How to Make Firehouse Chili

This Firehouse Chili is super easy to make. Start with browning the ground beef in a Dutch oven. Drain the fat and add the remaining ingredients. Bring the chili to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer. Let it cook 30 to 45 minutes. That is just enough time to whip up some yummy homemade cornbread.

This chili gets its name Firehouse Chili from the three cans of diced tomatoes and green chilis in the recipe. The Rotel tomatoes give the chili the perfect amount of heat. If you are worried about the heat, you can use Mild Rotel tomatoes or two cans of regular diced tomatoes.

I used lean ground beef in this recipe. You can substitute ground turkey if you prefer. I will sometimes use half ground beef half sausage in this chili recipe. YUM!

Can Firehouse Chili be Made in the Slow Cooker?

Absolutely! Brown the meat and then dump everything in the crockpot. Cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 3 or 4 hours. I love making this Firehouse Chili in the crockpot. SO easy!

a bowl of chili on a table

Can I Freeze Firehouse Chili?

This recipe makes a lot of chili. It is perfect for parties, potlucks, and tailgating. If you aren't feeding a crowd, you can definitely freeze the leftovers. I like to freeze the leftover chili in individual containers for a quick meal later. When ready to serve, thaw completely and either reheat in the microwave or on the stove. The leftovers are great on baked potatoes and nachos.

a bowl of chili topped with sour cream, cheese, and jalapenos

What to Serve with Firehouse Chili?

This Firehouse Chili is one of the best chili recipes I've ever eaten. It has the best flavor and the perfect amount of heat. We love to top our chili with sour cream, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and Fritos. You also can't forget the homemade cornbread! If you aren't a cornbread fan, a nice homemade roll also goes great with this chili. Here are a few of our favorite sides that go great with this Firehouse Chili:

Meow Monday

Monday, September 16, 2019

Meow Monday

Meow Monday - pictures of cute cats to start the week. Come see what Felix, Mack, and Mango have been up to! #cats #kittens
collage of 3 cat pictures

Happy Meow Monday! I'm here to brighten your day with some photos of cute cats! I know it helps me! I hope it helps you get the week started on the right foot.

The cats had a good week. The kittens had a play date with their best friend, Amelia, on Saturday.
They played hard for over 2 hours. They slept like champs the rest of the day! YAY!
Felix is being a good Grandpa and taking care of everyone.

Keep reading to get updates on each cat. 
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