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One Pot Taco Spaghetti

photo of One Pot Taco Spaghetti in a white skillet
This taco spaghetti couldn’t be any easier. Everything is prepared in one pot for very little clean-up and your meal is ready in about 30 minutes.

Growing up, I always looked forward to taco night. My mom would buy the taco seasoning packet to cook with ground beef and set up all the other ingredients so that we could make our own tacos. I always loaded mine with the seasoned ground beef.
overhead photo of One Pot Taco Spaghetti
Living in San Diego, I’ve had the pleasure of being surrounded by really great tacos, but I still can never resist the ones I ate growing up.

This dish combines seasoned ground beef with tomatoes for a delicious spaghetti dish. First you cook the ground beef by itself.
step by step photo of cooked ground beef in a skillet
Then you add in all the other ingredients except the cheese. Yes, you even add in your uncooked pasta directly to the pan.
step by step photo of beef and tomatoes in a skillet
step by step photo showing the spaghetti being added to the beef and tomatoes
You let everything cook for about 15 minutes and this wonderfully delicious pasta dish is created. My kitchen smelled so wonderful why this was cooking!

Then you add on some cheese, let it melt, and it’s ready to eat!
close-up photo of One Pot Taco Spaghetti

One Pot Taco Spaghetti

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
This easy weeknight meal combines taco with pasta, all prepared in one pot and ready in about 30 minutes!
4.89 from 9 votes


  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onions
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 (1-oz) packet taco seasoning
  • 1 (14-oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 oz uncooked spaghetti 
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley


  • In a very large skillet, add garlic, onions and ground beef. Cook until ground beef has browned, crumbling the ground beef as you cook it. Drain out excess fat.
  • Sprinkle taco seasoning across beef. Add entire contents of the canned tomatoes (you don't want to drain the liquid), water and spaghetti.
  • Bring mixture to a boil. Push spaghetti in so that it is submerged under the liquid. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover skillet. Cook for about 15 minutes or until spaghetti is cooked. Occasionally stir a few times during the 15 minutes to make sure everything is well mixed and spaghetti stays submerged.
  • When spaghetti is done, remove lid. Cook for about 1 minute with the lid off to reduce down the remaining liquid. Then turn off heat.
  • Sprinkle cheese on top. Cover with lid to allow the cheese to melt (about 2-5 minutes).
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.


Serving: 0.25of recipe, Calories: 497kcal, Carbohydrates: 52.1g, Protein: 39.7g, Fat: 13.9g, Saturated Fat: 7.2g, Sodium: 947.7mg, Fiber: 5.3g, Sugar: 5.9g, NET CARBS: 47

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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44 comments on “One Pot Taco Spaghetti”

  1. I’ve made this several times and loved it. Do you think I could assemble and freeze everything except the noodles and water? Would it freeze well? Thank you!

    • You could make the ground beef mixture and freeze it. You would need to let it thaw and then add it to a pan with the canned tomatoes, pasta, and water. We haven’t tried it, so let us know how it works.

  2. Hi! Just wanted to let you know I just came across someone on Etsy selling stolen recipes/photos and yours is one of them. This is the listing in case you want to report them. I’m just annoyed at these sheisty people and on a mission now lol.

    On a positive note, it looks really yummy and I’m gonna try it out!!

  3. This is my new favorite recipe for the year!
    I loved how well it went over in our home!

  4. My family loves this! My son wraps the mixture up on burrito shells.
    Sometimes I add a little more water when using a skillet to help submerge the spaghetti. I always forget the parsley, and it’s just as good.

  5. This was pretty darn good.

  6. Was very easy, enjoyed it very much. Several people ask for the recipe.

  7. What about adding olives

  8. Was definitely a hit! I used mild Rotel in place of the diced tomatoes. And once my serving was on my plate, I drizzled some Mexican cheese dip over it. I’m in love! Definitely one of my fave dinner dishes! Thank you! 


  9. This is our favorite meal!

  10. This is sooo good! Big hit in my household! I also used Rotel I like the little kick.

  11. I doubled this whole recipe to serve more people (6-8); I used a Dutch oven pot and added about 1/2 cup more water, too.  Turned out wonderful!

  12. Have you ever doubled the pasta? Just wondering what adjustments would need to be made. Would you double the diced tomatoes and water?

    • I have not tried doubling

    • I have not tried doubling yet, either, but I would suggest just using twice the amount with everything. However, you would need to use a Dutch oven or chili cooker type of pot with a lid instead of a skillet. I will try this soon.

  13. Made this tonight. Was so good. 

  14. I made this last week with just a couple of changes, use a can of Rotel tomatoes for a little ‘kick’ and I boiled my spaghetti in a separate pan before adding to my meat mixture, just to keep it less “starchy” .  I topped it off with extra cheddar cheese and a spoonful of sour cream once in my plate.  Absolutely delicious!! 

  15. Love the one pot meals! This was so easy & very good! Will definitely make again!

  16. Made this tonight and it was superb!! I added some whole kernel corn to it and it was amazing! Excellent and easy meal! Thank you! 

  17. Someone stole your recipe and photo:

  18. This is the simplest recipe I e found so far for this. My daughters saw the picture and have begged me to make it. Giving it a try tonight,

  19. I tried to take a photo before serving, but family got in the way! If I don’t make this again I will have to move!!!!!! Well done ?.

  20. I added fresh diced tomatoes at the end in addition to the can of fire roasted tomatoes and instead of parsley used cilantro. This was awesome!!! There are other versions on Pinterest but they had odd additional ingredients and wasnt a one pot meal like this, bravo!!!

  21. How do I put this in the taco shell without the noodles falling out of the sides?