One-Pot Taco Spaghetti

One-Pot Taco Spaghetti Recipe– perfect for when you can’t decide between tacos & spaghetti! SO easy to make and is ready in 25 minutes! No need to pre-boil the pasta. It cooks along with the sauce. Ground beef, taco seasoning, Rotel tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, garlic, onion, tomato paste, beef broth, heavy cream, crushed tomatoes, and spaghetti. Leftovers are delicious too!

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Easy One-Pot Pasta Recipe

Can’t decide between tacos and spaghetti? This One-Pot Taco Spaghetti is for you! Perfectly seasoned ground beef combined with the rich flavors of taco seasoning and the zesty kick of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles. Add to that the comforting embrace of thin spaghetti simmered in a creamy, beefy broth. It’s like a fiesta in your mouth! Every forkful is a burst of deliciousness, and the cheese on top takes it to the next level, creating a gooey, melty, and oh-so-satisfying finish. One pot, loads of flavor, and an explosion of taste – this dish is a crowd-pleaser and will leave your taste buds singing with delight. You’ll be coming back for seconds, that’s for sure! PERFECT for busy weeknights!

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How to Make One-Pot Taco Spaghetti

This dish is super easy to make. Start with browning some ground beef in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Drain the excess grease and dump in the remaining ingredients – a packet of taco seasoning, cumin, chili powder, diced tomatoes and green chiles, garlic salt, onion, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, beef broth, heavy cream, and uncooked spaghetti noodles. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 20 minutes, until liquid has been absorbed and the noodles are soft and the sauce has thickened. Top the spaghetti with some dried parsley or cilantro and cheddar cheese.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can substitute ground turkey, chorizo, ground chicken, or pork sausage.
  • Feel free to add your favorite veggies:
    • bell peppers
    • fresh onions
    • mushrooms
      • I would toss them in the pot when browning the ground beef. 
  • If you want a spicy spaghetti, use hot Rotel tomatoes.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning made with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and black pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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What to Serve with Taco Spaghetti

When it comes to serving spaghetti, it’s all about balance and complementing those robust flavors. A simple and refreshing side salad is a great choice. Think of a crisp, garden-fresh salad with a zesty homemade ranch dressing to cut through the richness of the spaghetti. You can also add some warm, crusty bread or garlic breadsticks on the side to soak up that scrumptious sauce. And of course, don’t forget some extra toppings like chopped fresh cilantro, sliced jalapeños, or even a dollop of sour cream for those who like an extra kick. The key is to keep it simple and let the Taco Spaghetti shine while providing a bit of variety to your meal. Enjoy the culinary fiesta!

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One-Pot Taco Spaghetti

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
One-Pot Taco Spaghetti – perfect for when you can't decide between tacos & spaghetti! SO easy to make and is ready in 25 minutes! No need to pre-boil the pasta. It cooks along with the sauce. Ground beef, taco seasoning, Rotel tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, garlic, onion, tomato paste, beef broth, heavy cream, crushed tomatoes, and spaghetti. Leftovers are delicious too!

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 (1-oz) package taco seasoning
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp dried minced onion flakes
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 (10-oz) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • 1 (28-oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 12- oz thin spaghetti, uncooked

Instructions:

  • In a Dutch oven, cook ground beef until no longer pink. Drain fat.
  • Add taco seasoning, tomato paste, garlic cloves, onion flakes, cumin, chili powder, and garlic salt. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Notes:

  • Can substitute ground turkey, chorizo, ground chicken, or pork sausage.
  • Feel free to add your favorite veggies:
    • bell peppers
    • fresh onions
    • mushrooms
      • I would toss them in the pot when browning the ground beef. 
  • If you want a spicy spaghetti, use hot Rotel tomatoes.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning made with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and black pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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  1. This was easy and flavorful. I knew it would be loaded with sodium, so I used low sodium beef broth, no added salt tomatoes and used garlic powder instead of the garlic salt. It was still plenty salty. I also used whole grain pasta to make it a bit healthier.

  2. Can I use regular spaghetti and maybe just cook longer? That’s all I have on hand right now. Thank you

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