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Fast & Easy Dinner: Taco Spaghetti

Fast & Easy Dinner: Taco Spaghetti

When you find yourself in a boring food rut, think outside the box. Pair ingredients or dishes that you wouldn't normally associate with one another— like tacos and pasta — together for a whole new taste experience. In this recipe, instead of stuffing a taco, a classic ground beef filling is tossed with pasta. The entire mixture is baked, a la enchiladas, and served with shredded lettuce and tomato chunks. To make this child friendly meal, get the recipe,


Taco Spaghetti
From Better Homes and Garden magazine

5 ounces packaged dried spaghetti, linguine, or fettuccine, broken
1 pound ground beef or ground raw turkey
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
3/4 cup water
1/2 of a 1-1/4-ounce envelope (2 tablespoons) taco seasoning mix
1 11-ounce can whole kernel corn with sweet peppers, drained
1 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
1 cup shredded Cojack or cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
1/2 cup salsa
1 4-ounce can diced green chilies, drained
6 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup broken tortilla chips
1 medium tomato, cut into thin wedges
Dairy sour cream (optional)

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta; rinse with cold water. Drain again.
  2. In a 12-inch skillet cook ground beef or turkey and onion until meat is brown. Drain fat.
  3. Stir in water and taco seasoning. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cooked pasta, corn, olives, half of the shredded cheese, the salsa, and chilies.
  4. Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 2-quart round casserole. Cover and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  5. Serve with shredded lettuce, tortilla chips, and tomato wedges. If desired, top with sour cream.

Serves 6.

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plasticapple plasticapple 8 years
That looks and sounds disgusting! No thank you!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
What a cool fusion dish! I'd love to try it out!
Fashiongal Fashiongal 8 years
mmmmmmmmmmmmm yummy
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
mmmm 2 of my fav foods!
MissEnglish07 MissEnglish07 8 years
This kind of looks like a mexican spaghetti pie. I think if I made it, I would form the spaghetti first around the bottom of the pan, so it seems more like a "shell"... Either way, it looks pretty good to me!
wren1 wren1 8 years
Taco and spaghetti, hmm, I'll try it!
4BYRDS 4BYRDS 8 years
I think I would try it with corn spaghetti noodles instead of traditional flour type
MayorMolly MayorMolly 8 years
This looks really yummy! and i love both mexican and italian!
kothmia kothmia 8 years
I'm thinking it could work. I'll prolly try it out sometime this week, with a few changes because I'm lazy. :)
emalove emalove 8 years
This is different...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
No thanks anything to do with tacos... :sick:
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