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Spanish Noodles & Ground Beef

Bacon adds crunch to this comforting stovetop supper my mom used to make when I was a kid. Now I prepare it for my own family. —Kelli Jones, Perris, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3-1/4 cups uncooked medium egg noodles (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef with green pepper and onion over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; drain.
  • Stir in noodles, tomatoes, water, chili sauce, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until noodles are tender, 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently. Top with bacon.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 409 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 756mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • Diane
    Jun 23, 2019

    Very good and very easy. I used elbow Mac instead of is what I had on hand. I added 1/2t of oregano.

  • fhquilting
    Dec 28, 2018

    This is so good! Have made it many times. I add 1 tsp. each of cumin and garlic. I use salsa instead of chili sauce.

  • Cpezzop1
    Jul 20, 2017

    I don't get many new recipes that are so tasty. This is one of them

  • TGI
    Jul 15, 2017

    Quick and tasty. Liked the bacon.

  • vbuck
    Jul 14, 2017

    This sounds like something my Grandmother used to make...I thought she called it One Dish Dinner...except hers included Fritos, ground beef, noodles, tomatoes and Fritos were cooked with the casserole and also sprinkled on top.

  • greengummiebears
    Apr 16, 2017

    My girls who are 10 and 12 now have loved this meal since they were itty bitties! They love that it has bacon in it and I love it because it's sooooo easy and yummy! I compare it to a homemade and 100 times healthier version of hamburger helper

  • Maggie123123
    Feb 21, 2016

    Nice flavor; quick dinner for a busy evening. Will definitely make again and again. Did not use any bacon but otherwise followed recipe exactly..

  • cmilot
    Dec 17, 2013

    Nothing special, and not sure what makes it "Spanish." Seemed just like goulash that I grew up with. Thought bacon seemed out of place in the recipe, but went ahead and put it in. Still seemed out of place.

  • ckbray
    Dec 7, 2013

    This was very easy to make. My husband and especially my son really liked it. I will definitely make again.

  • Sue Zappa
    Dec 4, 2013

    This has been a favorite at our house since the recipe first appeared in 2001. We have six children, so when they were growing up, quick, easy, delicious recipes were necessary. All of them liked this dish. The only change I had to make was deleting the green pepper because my husband can't eat them. I also doubled the amount of bacon because all of us are bacon lovers. I made homemade salsa this summer, so I might try using some of that in place of the full amount of tomatoes.