These spaghetti tacos are a fun fusion of Italian and Mexican flavors that will be a great way to put a new spin the next time taco Tuesday rolls around.
Prep Time15 minutesmins
Cook Time25 minutesmins
Total Time40 minutesmins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Spaghetti Tacos Recipe
1poundlean ground beef
1ouncemild taco seasoning
2cupsspaghetti sauce,your favorite brand
7.1ouncesstuff hard taco shells,15 count
7ouncesspaghetti noodles, broken in half and cooked according to package directions
1Roma tomato,diced (optional garnish)
½cupgrated parmesan cheese,optional garnish
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
Add the ground beef to a 5 to 6-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook uncovered, stirring often, until the ground beef is completely cooked through and no longer pink, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain any excess grease.
Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the cooked ground beef. Pour the ½ cup of water over the taco seasoning and stir well to combine completely. Lower the heat to medium and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often.
Lower the stovetop heat to low. Add in the 2 cups of spaghetti sauce. Stir to combine.
Space the taco shells evenly on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the shells from the oven and set them aside.
Once the spaghetti sauce mixture is heated through, remove the pan from the heat.
Add the cooked spaghetti noodles to the meat sauce mixture, and using tongs, stir the noodles and sauce together until all the noodles are completely coated.
Fill the standing taco shells ⅔ to ¾ full, about ⅓ to ½ cup. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese and the diced tomatoes. Serve while hot.
For an even quicker cooking time, ground beef can be cooked ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month.
Make sure to break up the beef into small pieces so that you don’t have any large chunks in your filling.
Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your taco shells as the suggested baking time approaches.