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Taco Spaghetti

close up shot of Spaghetti topped with cilantro in a skillet
This tasty taco spaghetti is a tasty, kid-friendly and easy weeknight meal that’s made with seasoned ground beef, spaghetti, taco seasoning, and gooey, melted cheese.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 479 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¼ cup yellow onions
  • ¼ cup taco seasoning (1 packet)
  • 10 ounces Rotel tomatoes
  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles, uncooked
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. 
  • Brown ground beef and onion in the skillet until the meat is no longer pink and onions are soft and translucent.
  • Add the taco seasoning, Rotel tomatoes (including juice), spaghetti noodles, and water.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat. Once the water comes to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Sprinkle half of the cheese into the pan and stir to distribute the cooked spaghetti and cheese throughout the pan.
  • Top with remaining cheese and cilantro. Serve.

Notes

  • It’s best to grate your own cheese rather than use the pre-grated version in the bag. That’s because it usually has a preservative coating on it which means it doesn’t melt as well.
  • 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.
  • You can always add your favorite taco toppings such as extra cheese, green onions and a dollop of sour cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 479kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 23gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 977mgPotassium: 412mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1259IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 176mgIron: 3mg