Monday, October 21, 2013

Mexican Spaghetti

My husband said to me the other day, "You know, they keep making taco this and taco that, but I have never seen anyone do spaghetti that way".  I said, "you mean taco spaghetti with like sour cream and warm wilted lettuce, oh YUM".   He explained he meant like a "Mexican spaghetti".  So I listened to the man, and as I listened I was working out in my head how I would make this if I were to write the recipe.  However, he seemed to have an exact idea, and it was just what I was thinking.  So, either we have been married to long, or we are simply two halves to one whole.  Aww.....!

I have Cody's Favorite Enchilada Casserole, which is fantastic.  Just ask Cody :)  But this is different. No toppings, and such, just a few mixed up ingredients, that work beautifully together.  I loved this so much more than I thought I would, which is SO exciting.  You parents ,or grandparents with busy kids, needing kind of a quick, make ahead, freeze ahead, dish, need to check this one out for sure.  It is easy, you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry and it takes as long as it does to cook spaghetti and melt some cheese.  You can't go wrong.

Here is what you will need:
1 lb spaghetti, cooked and drained
1 lb ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 can chili with NO beans
1 10oz. can of Ro-Tel
2 cups tomato sauce
2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Cook and drain pasta, put back into the pot, then set aside.  Preheat oven to 350.  In a deep skillet, brown hamburger.  When it is halfway done, add taco seasoning.  If you need to drain off grease, do that when the hamburger is all browned up.  Add in chili, ro-tel, and tomato sauce.  Mix until all combined.  Add it to the pot of already cooked pasta and mix completely.  Pour into a casserole dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and then sprinkle the top LIBERALLY with cheese.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cheese is melted and it is heated all the way through!

Add a salad and some tortilla chips and call it dinner!  Didn't I tell you this was easy?!

Your "does this qualify as fusion cooking" Chefwannabe


  1. Perfect for National Pasta Month, Chris. Thanks for sharing and thank you to your husband too! I'll be pinning this to my Pasta Month board:)

  2. I've been doing this for years, only I use macaroni and Mexican blended shredded cheese.