Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cheesy One-Pot Taco Spaghetti

A one pot spaghetti dish made with ground beef, tomatoes with green chilies, taco seasoning and shredded cheese.
A one pot spaghetti dish made with ground beef, tomatoes with green chilies, taco seasoning and shredded cheese.

Cheesy One-Pot Taco Spaghetti

Although most of the time when I make spaghetti, I use my favorite semi-homemade recipe. It's easy, it's reliable, it's tasty, and The Cajun absolutely loves it. That's really what counts the most, isn't it?

Still, spaghetti is so easy to make and delicious that I also like to mix it up a bit from time to time. In the summertime when the backyard tomatoes are in abundance, you just cannot beat a homemade, fresh tomato sauce and my big batch recipe is enough for two meals - spaghetti, usually followed by a lasagna or ziti. When the garden is overflowing with fresh vegetables, there's my veggie spaghetti, and my smaller batch fresh tomato pasta sauce is fabulous for those weeknight meals.

Other times throughout the year I like changing up the protein base and flavors to mix it up a bit. From shrimp and scampi, to crab, to chicken, to andouille sausage, to a spaghetti made from a beef roast, or from pulled pork, and an olive oil and garlic spaghetti, I love the different spaghetti varieties. This taco spaghetti, pictured above, is just another version we enjoy.

Here's how to make it. As always, full recipe with measurements and instructions is further down the page. Saute some veggies, add ground beef, tomatoes, seasonings, water and spaghetti noodles. Stir in some cheese, top with more cheese and let melt. Garnish with some green onion and cilantro before serving.

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Recipe: Cheesy One-Pot Taco Spaghetti

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 15 min |
Total time: 25 min
Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely minced onion
  • 1/4 cup finely minced bell pepper or jalapeno
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced fine
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (10 ounce) can mild diced tomatoes with green chilies (like Rotel) {affil link}, undrained
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning, or equivalent homemade
  • 3 cups water
  • 8 ounce angel hair, thin vermicelli or thin spaghetti noodles
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sliced green onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Heat oil in a large lidded skillet and saute onion, bell pepper and garlic for 3 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink; drain off excess fat. Add diced tomatoes, pepper, taco seasonings, water and spaghetti noodles; stir. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce to simmer and cook until noodles are tender, about 12 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese, cover and continue cooking another 5 minutes. Remove from heat, top with the remaining cheese and cover just until cheese has melted. Garnish with green onion and cilantro before serving.

Cook's Notes: For more heat, use original or hot Rotel. For a milder version, substitute a can of your favorite diced tomatoes, drained. Use Velveeta in place of the Cheddar, if desired. Ground chicken or pork may also be used in place of beef, however taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Homemade Taco Seasoning: Combine 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon each paprika, cumin, coriander and Creole or Cajun seasoning, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar.


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