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!
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One Pot Taco Spaghetti

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


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Sprinkle taco seasoning across beef. Add entire contents of the canned tomatoes (you don't want to drain the liquid), water and spaghetti.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top. Cover with lid to allow the cheese to melt (about 2-5 minutes).
  6. Garnish with parsley and serve.
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Taco Spaghetti
Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
Calories 497 Calories from Fat 125
% Daily Value*
Fat 13.9g21%
Saturated Fat 7.2g45%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 95.8mg32%
Sodium 947.7mg41%
Carbohydrates 52.1g17%
Fiber 5.3g22%
Sugar 5.9g7%
Protein 39.7g79%
Vitamin A 400IU8%
Vitamin C 26.4mg32%
Calcium 260mg26%
Iron 5.9mg33%
Net Carbs 47g94%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

7 comments on “One Pot Taco Spaghetti”

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

  2. 5 stars
    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!!!

  3. 5 stars
    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 ?.

  4. 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,

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