Introducing a spaghetti bake that is next level.
In my household, September is always a bit of circus because I have to get myself back into quick weeknight dinner mode. During the summer we have the luxury of eating dinner late, but come the fall season we are back on a tight schedule and the kids are hungry earlier. One of our go-to dinners is a spaghetti bake. With melted cheese, ground meat and tomato sauce, it’s a delicious make-ahead meal you can freeze. But I recently decided to take things next level and add some taco seasoning to the mix.
My kids love this taco spaghetti bake because it’s like their favorite taco dinner and spaghetti meal have joined forces to create the best dish ever. I like it because I can easily bake it beforehand and reheat it as necessary. I can also assemble it and bake it fresh if that’s easier. Either way there is no wrong way to do it!
Follow my easy recipe below to make your own easy taco spaghetti bake. Throw together a salad and some garlic bread you have an amazing dinner ready to go in less than an hour.
One-Pot Taco Spaghetti Bake
Easy Taco Spaghetti Bake
Introducing a spaghetti bake that is next level. In my household, September is always a bit of circus because I have to get myself back into quick weeknight dinner mode. During…
- uncooked spaghetti: 12 ounces
- ground beef: 1 pound
- ½ cup chopped onion: 1/2 cup, chopped
- hatch chiles: 1 4-ounce can
- taco seasoning mix: 1 ounce (one package)
- water: 1/4 cup
- diced tomatoes: 1 15-ounce can
- tomato sauce: 1 15-ounce can
- shredded Mexican cheese: 2 cups
- mozzarella cheese: 8 ounces, cubed
- minced cilantro for garnish
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13x9 glass baking dish and set aside.
Step 2: Cook the pasta until just al dente, drain and set aside.
Step 3: In a large skillet cook the beef and onion until the beef is cooked through and the onion is softened. Add the chiles, seasoning, and water and cook for about 2 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and half of the Mexican cheese and stir well. Then, add the spaghetti and fold everything together. Add the mozzarella cheese cubes and fold them all in as well.
Step 4: Pour the entire mixture into the prepared baking dish and scatter the remaining Mexican cheese on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted, the top is brown and the casserole is bubbly. Garnish with cilantro and serve warm!
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