Chili Spaghetti Recipe
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Chili Spaghetti Recipe

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My husband often requested that his grandma make this dish.—Pam Thompson, Girard, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min. + standing
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min. + standing
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6 ounces spaghetti, broken into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 321 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 1042mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 23g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish; stir in the remaining ingredients.
  2. Cover and bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until spaghetti is just tender. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Chili Spaghetti in Taste of Home October/November 1999, p13

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smarkila User ID: 7943653 248782
Reviewed May. 29, 2016

"easy preperation makes this recipe a good choice. Cooking the spaghetti in the tomato liquid is a neat way to add flavor."

patsy304 User ID: 1136637 247400
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2016

"One of my favorite recipes!"

lincop56 User ID: 4542356 240887
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"Love it easy to make for a crowd nice twist in flavor"

memryskr10 User ID: 7211420 21427
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"I have made this time and time again, and it comes out perfect every time. I use brand name ingredients ,including the tomatoe juice ( V-8 ) and make sure the spaghetti is cooked through. this recipe is a keeper in my family for sure."

joyfulcook1970 User ID: 6194900 34965
Reviewed May. 6, 2013

"Please do NOT use lean ground beef in this recipe unless you adjust the liquid amount. The pasta needs the liquid and the fats so it doesn't dry out."

joyfulcook1970 User ID: 6194900 27924
Reviewed May. 6, 2013

"This was absolutely delicious! Full of flavor. Comfort food! :) I used the short pre-cut spaghetti pasta. Served it with cheese and sour cream. MMMM!!!"

Engineer40 User ID: 6845691 72655
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2012

"Holy [expletive] the best [expletive] chili ever"

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 74691
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"Made just as the recipe said.....not good. The spaghetti was dried in a couple of spots ,and it just didn't taste good even though I used chili seasoning. The ground beef I used was very lean.....maybe it was too lean to have a lot of flavor. We didn't like the kidney beans in it, either...they were the dark red kind."

allaboutcookies86 User ID: 4740624 72617
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"I like the quickness of making this recipe. However, it seems that it lacks something. I am thinking about next time I make it put some actually chili seasoning in it to really make it taste like chili. My husband and I agree we like the idea but it was too bland for us. I think it will be much better if I add some more seasoning."

RobbieGration User ID: 4857929 70067
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"I've been making this wonderful recipe for years, but I've done it in my large electric skillet. It cooks within 25 to 30 minutes, saving on power and time. I even have done it with whole wheat spaghetti. I too add extra ingredients to make a bigger dish."

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