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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!

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

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

10 minutes20 minutes


  • 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.

Adapted from ReadySetEat

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  1. do you drain the grease from the burger?

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely delicious. I cooked the spaghetti separately,, due to size of my pan. I also added a can of black beans & Mexican corn & 2 jalapeños. Definitely will make again. Thank you.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Loved it….with my own twist. I prepared angel hair pasta separate. 2-2 1/2 pounds of ground beef with two packs of taco seasoning. A can of petite diced tomatoes drained. Sautéed onions with garlic and an array of my favorite seasonings. Oh and some mild salsa with a cup of water. Topped it with cheese and sour cream. 

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    One of my favorite recipes. Easy, fast and so satisfying. Make it twice a month. I never change the ingredients because it’s pretty perfect. 

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fast. Easy. Delicious!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    OMG!!!  This is so easy and DELICIOUS!!  Will definitely be a favorite in my house!!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    I was looking for something yummy and different for our household. Of course I went Damndelicious.net. As usual, I found the perfect recipe. Never did the one pot (cooking noodles in the sauce). Will use often now. Recipe is YUMMY, easy, reliable, reproducible if you follow the recipe.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was great. We really like tacos and spaghetti, what a great idea to blend the two. It’s like the ultimate comfort food. Will definitely make this again. As a side note, I make my own taco seasoning rather than using prepackaged. The flavor turned out nice. 

  9. This was so easy to put together.  My husband and I both loved it. I will be making again and again. Delicious!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this the other night for dinner — TOTAL HIT! I doubled it up because I have a teenager and husband with big appetites and it did not disappoint. Every DD recipe I’ve tried has been easy to prepare and delicious.

  11. Can this dish be refrigerated until ready to serve.? Want to make this dish for a super bowl party.?

  12. This would be great with a dozen or more Hot Dogs also mixed in

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    I freaking love this dish! Super basic and tasteful. I make mine with turkey ground meat, but looking forward to trying out chicken ground meat soon. Thanks!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Incredibly easy to make, and EVERYONE loved it. I also chopped up some green onions and some sweet peppers to sprinkle on top after it was served to make it more like fixing your own tacos.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    This has become one of my favorite go to meals on busy nights!  Everyone loves it!!!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Doubled the recipe and made it for a party of 8. It filled a 9 X 13 pan perfectly!! I cooked it exactly as the recipe states.  Will use many times to come.  THANKS!!

  17. Rated 4 out of 5

    Did this recipe with à little change,,,didn’t use any meat used original veggie ground
    round by “Yves ” an turn out delicious ..it’s à keeper for me..Thanks

  18. Made it a couple times already and it’s delicious!  Easy and quick meal to prepare.   Highly recommend it. 

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sooooo good and such an easy recipe! Absolutely loved it! I’m trying new recipes out for the family and this will definitely be a staple in our house!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Whole Family lived, super easy and felt like a totally new dish! Will be on repeat!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    This has been a family favorite for over a year.  It’s the rare meal where everyone asks for seconds.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yummy and super easy to make

  23. Rated 4 out of 5

    I made this twice. The first time as published. The second time I sauted onion, red bell pepper, and mushrooms. In addition I also added a small can of tomato sauce as the original was a bit spicy and with the added vegetables a little additional sauce was needed. Wonderful quick dish.

  24. Can i have the recipe in french

  25. You are a genius! I am way too tired to cook tonight and this will be perfect. 🙂 Thanks a million.

  26. This was awesome, topped with sliced black olives 🙂

  27. Made this for supper tonight! Sooo good and easy to make. Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great. Will be making this one again and again and again!!

  28. Will ground Turkey work fine with this recipe

  29. This is an awesome recipe. It was a big hit and my husband had two servings. Thank you so much. I look forward to trying your other recipes. It’s a keeper

  30. I only have a 1 ounce packet of taco seasoning (not a 1.25 ounce as the recipe states). Will this be okay?

  31. I have made this basic recipe twice now and both my wife and I have enjoyed it all three days each time. This last time I embellished a tad by sautéing a half cup of onions with the meat and I use 4 Tbls of Tone’s bulk taco mix instead of the packaged stuff. I also upped the spaghetti to about 10-11 oz. we also needed a healthy shot of Lowery’s Season Salt and I like some pepper flakes + Parmesan cheese. Really nice recipe, and thanks.

  32. Whipped this up today because I had a hankering for tacos but wanted something with a twist, and it’s ridiculously good! I had a few modifications though – used bowtie pasta and a can of diced tomatoes with a can of diced green chilies (the local stores don’t seem to stock Rotel, so had to improvise), and cooked some onions and garlic in with the ground beef. Also used some beef stock in place of water for a little extra flavor. Definitely have to make this again – and again and again and again!

  33. I made this tonight and it was fantastic! Came out perfectly! I did add a dollopbof sour cream 🙂

  34. Made this for dinner tonight and my picky eater loved it. The only thing I changed was to add cumin to the recipe.

  35. This was so good!  I have made many of your recipes, and they are always delicious.  Thanks for a tasty one pot dish!

  36. Oh wow – made this tonight and WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!!!  So good that my neighbor came over and couldn’t help but have some, then have more and ate the rest of what was left (so much for leftovers I was counting on!)!

    Such a great recipe!  Thanks!

  37. This is one of those meals that we have on rotation often! My husband loves it!
    Thank you for sharing a great recipe again =)

  38. I absolutely love all of your recipies. They are fabulous. Can this recipe be made in the Instant pot? Would I need to add maybe another 1/2 cup of water in it? Again, love your recipes and your website.

    • An Instant Pot version would be so good! But unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

      • Recipe sounds absolutely delicious. Kind of reminds me about a recent article that I read about Ethiopian lasagna and using less than traditional seasonings. Agree that an Instant Pot version of Taco Spaghetti would be fantastic. Going to play with this recipe and see what happens 🙂

  39. May I  put sour cream  on top of  the  spaghetti ?  I think it would be delicious

  40. I made this for lunch today and omg so good. This is now one of my favorite recipes. so easy to make.

  41. Thanks for the awesome recipe.  I made this as is and it was delicious! 

  42. I made this tonight for supper and it was amazing! The only thing I did different was add a can of Siracha black beans, drained, and a can of drained diced tomatoes.  I also cooked my pasta separately and then added it all together. It taste GREAT!!!

  43. How would you modify this if using Spaghetti Squash? Would that work?

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  44. Just made this and added black bean and corn to it. It was yummy!!!

  45. Just made this and it was yummyyyyyyyy! I made a double batch so i cooked the spaghetti first. One more pot was worth the worry of it all cooking just right. I work nights so I make my dinners when I come home in the morning. Now i just have to forget about how good it taste and go to sleep..Thanks a million for this simple but DAMN DELICIOUS Taco Spaghetti!!!!

  46. Off the hook… Love it.

  47. I was wondering if maybe Monterey Jack cheese can be used in this since it is more of a Mexican dish than Italian?

  48. Delicious! Quick and easy, thank u for sharing

  49. Great recipe!! Made this for a quick dinner tonight! Tasty and well received!

  50. This recipe IS damn delicious! So glad I found your site. Thanks again, another excellent recipe.

  51. So you put the water and noodles in with the seasoned beef? Wouldn’t that kind of wash out the taco seasonings? Wouldn’t it make more sense to cook the noodles separately and then add them to the rest of the ingredients?

    • Then it won’t be a one pot meal! 🙁 But as always, please do what is best for you and your taste preferences. Isn’t that the beauty of home cooking?

  52. Tried this today and my hubby said “damn this is good”. LOL! I didn’t have tomato paste so I used a tablespoon of ketchup (don’t judge me). I also added half a cup of onions and 2 cloves chopped garlic to the ground beef for more fresh flavor. At the end we topped it with parsley, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, and a scoop of ricotta cheese (AMAZING!) Definitely will be in the rotation. For those who it did not work well for, I suggest after bringing it to a boil, only turn it down to medium heat and cover. I opened it for the last 5 minutes to help evaporate some of the liquid and mix the noodles around and it turned out perfect! Thanks for the recipe!

  53. Great recipe I tweaked it a little put some hot sauce and I added black olives and a used orzo noodles and it was delicious I will definitely make it again so easy

  54. This is a really good recipe, and it’s something we make often now. But make a vegan version: I sub the meat for the beefless crumbles and don’t add cheese.

  55. This is delicious! The whole family loved it including my 7 & 4 year old. They all raved about how good it was!
    I didn’t have tomato paste so I used 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce. At the end I stirred in black olives along with the cheese. I also used veggie spaghetti and it cooked perfectly with all water absorbed. This is a keeper!

  56. I made this for dinner tonight; my man and I loved it. It was such a nice change from a normal spaghetti dish. I used turkey meat instead of beef, and it was fantastic!


  57. Our 10 year old daughter made this for dinner tonight! We all love tacos and spaghetti so its no surprise that this is on our list of “make again”! Thanks for thinking up this great combo and with only 1 pot to wash!!!

  58. Previously reviewed this but have to tell you that it has become our go-to meal when time is a factor.  I keep the taco seasoning and Rotel equivalent on hand now so all I have to do is make sure I have hamburger thawed.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  59. I’m making this recipe for the second time tonight. The first time I made it my husband asked that I never make regular spaghetti again! Love your one pot meals – I hate doing dishes!

  60. What about ground turkey? Can I substitute with that?

  61. 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!!

  62. 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.

  63. 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!!!

  64. 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.

  65. 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!

    It’s a KEEPER!!

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

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

  68. 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.

  69. 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!

  70. 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!

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

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

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

  74. 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!

  75. 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.

  76. 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?

  77. 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.

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

  79. 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.

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

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

  82. 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.

  83. 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.

  84. 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.

  85. Winner Winner Taco Dinner at our house last night!  

  86. 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?

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

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

  89. 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 🙂

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

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

  92. 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!

  93. Is the cilantro nessisary? Any substitutions? 

  94. 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!

  95. 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!

  96. 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.

  97. 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?

  98. 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!!

  99. 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. 

  100. I will be fixing this one looks gooood

  101. 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! 🙂

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

  103. Nice and easy. Thank you.

  104. 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.

      • Rated 5 out of 5

        I made this Taco Spaghetti recipe twice, I loved it for a quick meal I’am a widow so i made dinners that will last, very tasty I made it with low sodium taco seasoning, I think I’ll make it with the regular taco seasoning next time. Thank you

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

  106. 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!

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