Taco Spaghetti Recipe
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Taco Spaghetti Recipe

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I came up with this kid-friendly Southwestern recipe one afternoon when I was using up leftover spaghetti and ground beef. When I'm lucky enough to have extra time, I make two batches and freeze one. —Johanna Van Ness, Wichita, KS
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 2/3 cup salsa

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Break spaghetti into thirds; cook according to package directions for al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in beans, tomatoes, 1 cup cheese and salsa. Drain spaghetti; add to beef mixture and toss to combine.
  4. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, covered, 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Freeze option: Cool unbaked casserole; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole, covered, 55-60 minutes or until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°.
Originally published as Taco Spaghetti in Simple & Delicious December/January 2014, p1-18

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Reviewed Jun. 26, 2014

"This just didn't do it for me. Not a bad recipe, but I won't make it again."

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Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"So simple and so taste. Got raves and my house."

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Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"Just made for the first time this evening.... It was wonderful!! Made it with gluttonFree pasta and would not have known the difference!! We also added some sliced black olivesAnd additional cheese - we like things very cheesey!!"

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