One Pot Taco Spaghetti — Damn Delicious

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One Pot Taco Spaghetti

All your favorite flavors of tacos in spaghetti form – made in ONE PAN! So cheesy, comforting and stinking easy with no clean-up!

Tacos in pasta form? Um, yes, please. I mean, the answer is always yes, right?

And if not, the answer should always be yes when it’s made in one single pan.

No joke here – everything gets dumped right in, including the uncooked spaghetti. And no, the tomatoes should not be drained. The liquid is crucial to help cook the pasta.

When ready to serve, sprinkle on that cheese to let it get all ooey gooey on top.

It’s practically a spaghetti casserole with pretty much zero work and clean-up!

One Pot Taco Spaghetti

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

All your favorite flavors of tacos in spaghetti form – made in ONE PAN! So cheesy, comforting and stinking easy with no clean-up!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef*
  • 1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 1 (10-ounce can) Ro*Tel® Mild Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; stir in taco seasoning. Drain excess fat.
  2. Stir in Ro*Tel®, tomato paste, spaghetti and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-16 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and top with cheeses. Cover until melted, about 2 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with tomato and cilantro, if desired.

*Ground chicken or pork can be substituted.

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Is 1-oz. can Rotel tomatoes correct or should it be maybe 10 oz?

Yes, that is correct.

Is this a keto diet recipe.because I found it there?

No, this is not made specifically for a keto diet – sorry!

I have never tried any of these one-pot pastas when the pasta is cooked in the sauce, but this one I will have to try. I love the flavors you used here! So yummy! Pinned!

A 1 ounce can of Ro-Tel? Clarify please.

You will need 1 (10-ounce can) Ro*Tel® Mild Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies.

The recipe states 1 (10 oz) can. I found that not confusing at all and I LOVED this recipe. Husband said it a remake. Which when I try different dinners is it a keep or not and this is a KEEP.

Thank you. Now I can try the recipe. I think my grandchildren will love this.A 1 ounce can of Ro-Tel? Clarify please.

A single (1) 10 oz can. A can that weighs 10 ounces

Sounds yummy! Can you please clarify the size can of diced tomatoes? Thanks

You will need 1 (10-ounce can) Ro*Tel® Mild Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies.

Nice and easy. Thank you.

Served in pre-made taco shells. A huge hit with the teens.

Looks delicious, but you really should include the 3 cups of water in with the ingredients, new cooks may miss that important ingredient when they make it! 🙂

I will be fixing this one looks gooood

Would a half beef, half pork mixture work as well as all beef? Since I am not able to find Ro Tel tomatoes, what would be a suitable substitute?
Garlic bread and a green salad would complete the meal nicely.

Yes, beef and pork should work just fine. Diced tomatoes and diced green chiles would also work as an appropriate substitute.

Rotel tomatoes is a brand of canned tomatoes with green chills and is usually found with the diced and stewed tomatoes and tomato paste. The brand is called Rotel.

I haven’t been keeping up with the blogs I follow, such as your wonderful blog – but that’s gonna change!! As always, you post the most fabulous recipes – and I ‘pin’ each and every one!!

I am snowed in with all ingredients except spaghetti, but I have plenty of other pastas. Do you think that elbows or something similar with work with the same amount of liquids?

Yes, elbows should work just fine.

Fusilli and rotini are among my favorite pasta shapes as they hold the sauce well.

Wonder how this would work with zuk noodles? Cook for a lot less?

What a great idea! But unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment.

If I wanted to do 16 ozs of pasta, do I double everything else also? I would keep to 1 lb of meat. Thanks!

Yes, you would have to double all ingredients as needed.

That’s what I am doing for my family of 3 (me, mom, and dad) and it seems to be working fine so far. It’s not done yet though! The only thing I’m concerned about is the doubling water. There’s quiet a bit in it! I guess we’ll just have to see!

This recipe looks amazing! I’m about to make it with the 16oz of pasta how did the doubling of water go?

Made this tonight and loved it. Added extra spoon of tomato paste to thicken a bit but I’ll definitely be making this again. That melted cheese hit the spot!

Is the cilantro nessisary? Any substitutions?

Not at all – parsley would be a great substitute.

Really late I know, but chopped green onion/chives would be good if you like either one of those.

Love pasta in any way! This taco spaghetti dish is a really great idea, love the look of this dish. A really warming and hearty meal for January!

Pasta anything is good in my book. But taco pasta?! What a fun idea!

I have tried some of your other one pot dishes and liked them. I’m going to make this tonight using ground turkey instead.

Hi there
Love your recipes, going to make this one this week.
Have you thought about including metric measurements as well? would be really helpful for us Aussies 🙂

Hello does the pasta stay al dente cooked like this or more on mushy side? Thanks!

The pasta stays al dente, unless it is overcooked – then it will turn to mush!

I am a vegetarian & converted this recipe to be vegetarian. It was delicious & my family loved it. Thank you & keep more like this coming.

If I wanted to cook the spaghetti separately and just add it in to beef mixture at the end, do I still use 3 cups of water or would it be less?

No, the water would not be needed.

By cooking the pasta separately, it would change the taste of the dish. We loved how the pasta absorbed the taco flavoring. We do suggest that if you do not like hot spices, that you omit the green chilies and use mild taco seasoning. Yum…..

Thanks for your feedback Pamela!

Winner Winner Taco Dinner at our house last night!

I made this tonight, didn’t have rotel or a tomato, so I used a can of diced tomatoes and some salsa. I know it’s not exactly the same, but it worked and we enjoyed it. I roasted some yellow and green bell peppers and served them on the side.

Similar to Laurie, I didn’t have a can of rotel, so I used a can of diced tomatoes and a can of diced green chilies. It was quite good. I loved the flavors. Next time, I will need to double the recipe. We tan out of taco spaghetti before we ran out of appetite.

I dont know if anybody else had this problem but mine was SUPER watery. Looked way more like a soup than anything. I double checked the instructions and the measurements so I have no idea where I went wrong.

I had the same problem. I ended up draining off most of the water with a glass. If I make this again I will probably cook the pasta separately and mix it in at the end, which would be a shame.

Yes, I followed the directions exactly as written and ended up scooping out almost 2 cups of liquid at the end! If anyone has any insight on how to prevent this, I’d love to know because I love everything else about this recipe!

Was the pasta fully cooked through?

I’ve made this twice now. The first time I was also scooping water. The key is in that in the “bring to boil” step you really need to boil it. Not a light bubbling boil but a full rock-the-pot like you’re cooking dry pasta boil and let it go for a few minutes. The noodles absorb a lot of water at this stage.

I found this recipe on pinterest and tried it tonight. I too had a lot of water in the pot! I’m wondering if adding 10 oz. of pasta instead of 8 would take care of the problem? I also added chopped onion, yellow pepper, cumin, garlic powder, and dried cilantro in with the meat.
It was delicious; just too watery.

Wow! Looking so tasty! Absolutely great cooking, I appreciated.

Made this tonight. It is so good and easy. I love your recipes.

This has turned into a favorite. We can’t eat any this to spicy and don’t care for rotel so used a can of diced tomatoes with onions instead. Turned out great. Not sure why some people are having trouble cooking pasta I didn’t have any trouble. Only trouble with recipe I had was hubby ate just about all of it. I had just a small amout from now on will have to make twice as much.

Great recipe. We all liked it and boy was it easy. Thanks!

Made this last night. All I can say is WOW! That combination of ingredients was so delicious. I usually tweek recipes to suit my tastes, but this recipe needed no tweeking. I can’t wait to make it for company. I will double the recipe.
Thank you for posting such easy to make and delicous recipes.

If I don’t have the (10-ounce can) Ro*Tel® Mild Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies…since im from Quebec, Canada…what can I use instead?

You can use canned diced tomatoes and canned green chiles instead – they are sold separately.

How can I change it up to not include the tomatoes and green chilies. Neither my boyfriend or I eat them.

Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment.

This is so good. I’ve made it several times now, and everyone loves it. I love that it’s a one pot dish and how the pasta cooks and absorbs all the liquid. Clean up is a breeze. My college son loves to make it with ground turkey. I just made it for my 85 year old mom and she went nuts for it. We’re planning on freezing the leftovers for her. I’m thinking it should hold up ok. Thanks for such a crowd pleasing recipe!

Did you end up freezing this? Wondering how it held up! I’m making some freezer meals for my girlfriend who just had a baby and I think she would love this.

As usual, you hit this one out of the ballpark Chungah, keep em’ coming girl YUMMMM

I want this! Where’s the ‘like’ button? 🙂

I made this tonight for dinner. I doubled the recipe. Delish 🙂

This is my new favourite spaghetti recipe. SO. GOOD. I love your recipes and can’t wait for your cookbook to be released. I really hope it will be available in Europe!

Followed recipe exactly but added diced green peppers and substituted penne pasta for spaghetti and cheddar cheese for mozzarella because that is all I had and it was great, I’ve never made a one pot pasta dish and will do again. Thanks!

If I double the pasta and other ingredients do I double the water also?

Yes, however, I have found that one pot recipes can be quite finicky when doubled. It may be best to make the recipe twice but as always, please use your best judgment.

Most excellent will definitely make this again. Super easy. It was yummy. Thx

I’ve made this quite a few times now. Sooo delish!

YUM! I made this last night, and it was outstanding! Hubby and I split the leftovers for lunch today, and it was a good lunch again! I love recipes that will make through more than one meal well and are easy to pack up!

Kind of flavorless. It was fine but I won’t make again. I felt like I was eating in the cafeteria back at Science Camp.

I’m sorry that this recipe did not turn out the way you had imagined. I only post recipes that have been successfully tested in my own kitchen, and as you can see from the comments here, many of these readers have had great outcomes in the final dish as well. However, I understand that we all have different taste preferences, and I really appreciate your honest feedback.

Ahhhh…the one dish meal! For me, there’s nothing worse than making a great meal and having tons of dishes to do afterwards. I wanna relax and savor the meal. I took a minute (literally) to rinse the skillet out and then fill it with soapy water so that before I went to bed, clean up was a snap! I made the One Pot Taco Spaghetti last night as directed with the exception of the cilantro (I didn’t have any) and it was wonderful. I did make a goof: I put three CANS of water instead of three CUPS but I just uncovered it after the spaghetti was cooked and the extra just evaporated. I do think it could use more veggies and think I’ll add some bell pepper next time (cook it up with the meat). There were only two of us last night and we have only leftovers for one….guess I’ll double the recipe next time! This will be a staple in our home! Thanks for the great recipe.

I made this tonight for dinner and it was fabulous!! I didn’t have tomato paste but I did have tomato sauce so I used that instead and I cooked my noodles separately . Other than that I followed the recipe to a ” T ” and the meal was simply delicious. Easy to prepare and so filling. This is a def. keeper.

Love your blog – this is my fifth recipe from here and I just found it a month ago! I’ve already made several twice. I did have one question – would whole wheat pasta work in the one-pot dishes? I am trying to increase my toddler’s fiber intake 😉 Thank you in advance! And I’ll be picking up the cookbook!

I have found that one pot recipes become a bit finicky when different types of pastas are used. But as always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

I made this tonight and used whole wheat spaghetti and it turned out great. Delicious recipe- thank you!!

What about ground turkey? Can I substitute with that?

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