One Pot Taco Spaghetti

One Pot Taco Spaghetti is a delightful fusion of Mexican and Italian flavors, combining the hearty richness of taco-seasoned ground beef with the comforting texture of spaghetti. This quick and easy recipe is perfect for busy weeknights, requiring minimal cleanup while delivering maximum flavor. With ingredients like Ro*Tel tomatoes, creamy cheese, and a hint of cilantro, this dish is sure to become a family favorite. Enjoy the simplicity and deliciousness of this one-pot wonder!


  • 1 – 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup onions, diced
  • 3 cups water, or chicken broth
  • 10 ounces Ro*Tel tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 ounces spaghetti (thin spaghetti works best)
  • 1 ounce taco seasoning
  • 10.75 ounces cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 8 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded (divided; or use Mexican cheese blend)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


Saute the Beef and Onions:

In a large skillet or stockpot, saute the ground beef and onions over medium heat until the beef is browned and the onions are translucent. Drain any excess fat.

Cook the Spaghetti:

Add water (or chicken broth), Ro*Tel tomatoes, uncooked spaghetti, and taco seasoning to the skillet. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes (adjust cooking time if using regular spaghetti), or until the pasta is tender.

Add Creamy Elements:

Stir in the cream of chicken soup and about two-thirds of the shredded Cheddar cheese. Heat gently until the cheese is melted and the sauce is creamy.

Finish and Serve:

Top the taco spaghetti with the remaining shredded cheese, cover the pot, and let it sit until the cheese melts. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro before serving.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Suggestions:

  1. Garnish with Fresh Ingredients: For added flavor and a burst of freshness, consider garnishing your One Pot Taco Spaghetti with extra chopped cilantro, diced tomatoes, or sliced green onions. A dollop of sour cream or a few slices of avocado can also complement the dish beautifully.
  2. Pair with Sides: Serve this taco spaghetti with a simple side salad or some garlic bread to round out the meal. Cornbread or tortilla chips can also make great side options.
  3. Customize Your Plate: Allow guests to customize their plates with additional toppings like jalapeños, black olives, or a sprinkle of hot sauce for those who enjoy a bit of extra heat.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigeration: Store any leftover taco spaghetti in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep well for up to 3-4 days. Reheat individual portions in the microwave or warm the entire dish in a covered skillet over low heat, adding a splash of water or broth if needed to maintain its creamy consistency.
  2. Freezing: For longer storage, you can freeze the taco spaghetti. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag. It can be frozen for up to 2 months. To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm in a skillet or microwave until heated through.
  3. Portion Control: Consider dividing leftovers into individual portions before storing. This makes it easier to reheat just the amount you need and helps to reduce waste.

Quick Tips:

  • Fresh Cheese: When reheating, you might want to add a bit of fresh shredded cheese on top to enhance the flavor and texture.
  • Avoid Overcooking: Be cautious not to overcook the spaghetti when reheating to prevent it from becoming too soft or mushy.
  • Label and Date: If freezing, always label your containers with the date so you can keep track of how long it’s been stored.

Variations :

Protein Variations:

  1. Chicken Taco Spaghetti: Substitute the ground beef with diced or shredded cooked chicken. Rotisserie chicken works great for a quick and easy option.
  2. Turkey Taco Spaghetti: Use ground turkey instead of beef for a leaner alternative. Ground chicken is another good option.
  3. Vegetarian Taco Spaghetti: Replace the meat with a mixture of black beans, corn, and bell peppers for a hearty vegetarian version.

Pasta Variations:

  1. Whole Wheat Spaghetti: For a healthier twist, use whole wheat spaghetti or another whole grain pasta.
  2. Gluten-Free Spaghetti: Use your favorite gluten-free pasta to make this dish suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.

Cheese Variations:

  1. Mexican Cheese Blend: Instead of just Cheddar, use a blend of Mexican cheeses like Monterey Jack, Queso Blanco, and Cheddar for a more authentic taste.
  2. Pepper Jack Cheese: Add some spice by using Pepper Jack cheese instead of or in addition to the Cheddar.

Flavor Boosters:

  1. Spicy Taco Spaghetti: Add diced jalapeños or a splash of hot sauce to the dish for extra heat. A pinch of cayenne pepper can also amp up the spice level.
  2. Smoky Taco Spaghetti: Add a teaspoon of smoked paprika or chipotle powder for a smoky flavor that complements the taco seasoning.

Vegetable Additions:

  1. Bell Peppers: Add diced bell peppers when sautéing the onions for extra color and crunch.
  2. Zucchini or Squash: Thinly slice or dice zucchini or yellow squash and add it to the skillet with the pasta and tomatoes.
  3. Spinach: Stir in a couple of handfuls of fresh spinach just before serving for added nutrients and color.

Creamy Variations:

  1. Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt: Stir in a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt just before serving for extra creaminess and tang.
  2. Cream Cheese: Add a few tablespoons of cream cheese along with the cream of chicken soup for an ultra-creamy sauce.

Topping Variations:

  1. Avocado: Top each serving with slices of ripe avocado for a creamy, fresh contrast.
  2. Pico de Gallo: Add a spoonful of homemade or store-bought pico de gallo for a burst of fresh flavor.
  3. Crushed Tortilla Chips: Sprinkle some crushed tortilla chips over the top for a crunchy texture.

Seasoning Variations:

  1. Homemade Taco Seasoning: Make your own taco seasoning blend with chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Chili Lime Seasoning: Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of chili lime seasoning for a tangy, zesty twist.

Experiment with these variations to keep your One Pot Taco Spaghetti exciting and tailored to your taste preferences!


1. Can I use a different type of pasta?

Yes, you can use other types of pasta such as penne, rotini, or even whole wheat or gluten-free pasta. Just be mindful of the cooking times as they may vary.

2. Can I make this dish vegetarian?

Absolutely! Replace the ground beef with a mix of black beans, corn, and bell peppers. You can also add other vegetables like zucchini or mushrooms for extra texture and flavor.

3. How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftover taco spaghetti in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. For longer storage, you can freeze it in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.

4. Can I use homemade taco seasoning?

Yes, homemade taco seasoning works well and allows you to control the flavors and spice level. Combine chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and a pinch of salt for a homemade blend.

5. What can I use instead of Ro*Tel tomatoes?

If you don’t have Ro*Tel tomatoes, you can use a can of diced tomatoes and add a small can of green chilies for a similar flavor profile.

6. Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the dish ahead of time. Store it in the refrigerator and reheat it on the stove or in the microwave when ready to serve. Add a bit of broth or water if needed to maintain the creamy consistency.

7. How can I make this dish spicier?

To add more heat, you can include diced jalapeños, a pinch of cayenne pepper, or a splash of hot sauce. Using Pepper Jack cheese instead of Cheddar can also add a spicy kick.

8. Can I use chicken instead of beef?

Yes, you can substitute ground beef with diced or shredded cooked chicken. Rotisserie chicken is a convenient option and adds great flavor to the dish.

9. What kind of cheese works best?

Cheddar cheese or a Mexican cheese blend works well. For extra flavor, you can use Pepper Jack or a mix of cheeses like Monterey Jack, Queso Blanco, and Cheddar.

10. How do I reheat the taco spaghetti?

Reheat individual portions in the microwave or warm the entire dish in a covered skillet over low heat. Add a splash of water or broth if needed to keep it creamy. You can also top it with fresh cheese before reheating to enhance the flavor.

These FAQs should help you master the One Pot Taco Spaghetti and customize it to your liking!

One Pot Taco Spaghetti  is a deliciously simple and flavorful dish that brings together the best of Mexican and Italian cuisines. Perfect for busy weeknights, it offers a satisfying meal with minimal cleanup. Try out different variations and make it your own. Enjoy the rich, creamy, and cheesy goodness that will surely become a favorite in your household!