Hearty Mexican Spaghetti

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"This recipe came from a Hints of Hunts newsletter. A twist on the usual spaghetti dish."

Original is 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (381.4 g)
  • Calories 694.1
  • Total Fat - 25.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 118.8 mg
  • Sodium - 415.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 72.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3 g
  • Sugars - 4.9 g
  • Protein - 48.1 g
  • Calcium - 188.9 mg
  • Iron - 6.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 21.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a dutch oven boil enough water to cook spaghetti. When water is boiling break spaghetti in half and place in water. Cook according to package directions.

Step 2

While pasta is boiling put ground beef or ground turkey to large skillet and brown. Sprinkle taco seasoning over meat and add undrained tomatoes, mexican corn, green chilies, and onion. Stir to combine and cook until heated through.

Step 3

Drain pasta and put in a large bowl. Pour meat mixture over spaghetti and toss well to combine. Add shredded cheese on top and serve immediately.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For a leaner option, use ground turkey instead of ground beef.
  • Make sure to select a Mexican blend cheese for this recipe.

  • Instead of ground beef, use ground turkey. The benefit of using ground turkey is that it is a healthier alternative with less fat and calories. It also has a milder flavor that still compliments the other ingredients in this dish.
  • Instead of Mexican blend cheese, use cheddar cheese. The benefit of using cheddar cheese is that it has a sharper flavor that will add a bit more depth to the dish. It will also help to balance out the other flavors in the dish.

Vegetarian Variation Substitute the ground beef or turkey with 1 package of vegetarian crumbles. Increase the amount of taco seasoning to 2 packages. Add 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed, to the meat mixture.

Spicy Variation Substitute the ground beef or turkey with 1 package of spicy crumbles. Increase the amount of taco seasoning to 2 packages. Add 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained, to the meat mixture.

RECOMMENDED DISH: Mexican-Style Rice: A flavorful side dish to pair with the Hearty Mexican Spaghetti. This easy-to-make Mexican-Style Rice is cooked in chicken broth and seasoned with cumin, garlic, and onion for a delicious accompaniment to the pasta dish.

RECOMMENDED DISH: Mexican Corn Salad: A refreshing and light side dish to pair with the Hearty Mexican Spaghetti. This easy-to-make Mexican Corn Salad is made with sweet corn, red onion, cilantro, and a simple lime vinaigrette for a delicious and flavorful accompaniment to the pasta dish.


Q: What kind of cheese should I use? A: Shredded Mexican blend cheese is recommended for this recipe.

Q: How do I make the sauce?

A: Start by heating a skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and garlic and cook until fragrant. Then add the cream, Parmesan cheese, and seasonings. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens. Enjoy!

6 Reviews

Chef shapeweaver

This recipe was made on 11/29/13 for mine and my SO's dinner,and most importantly for the " Alphabet Tag " Game.Due to what was on hand,a few changes were made. I didn't have any canned chilies or the tomatoes that were called for in the recipe. So I used a 14 ounce can of Mexican Tomatoes which had chilies,red & green peppers in it. Also no green onions weren't on hand,so I chopped a bit of sweet onion then cooked it in with the ground beef. And for the corn,about 1 cup of leftover corn was used. We both thought that it was a very good quick weeknight meal. Thanks for posting and, " Keep Smiling :) "


review by:
(1 Dec 2013)


The whole family loved this dish, so I'll be making it again many times, thanks Ahmafor3


review by:
(21 Oct 2013)


We loved this! I did however sub out the tomatoes for salsa I had on hand. But I don't think it changed the outcome that much. I would definitely make this recipe again! Made for Recipe tag.


review by:
(4 Apr 2012)


I actually made this quite a while back but recently joined this site so I could rate some recipes I made, I'm giving this 5 stars my whole family really enjoyed this, thank you!


review by:
(3 Mar 2012)


We loved it - it was as good as I expected a Hunts recipe to be! The ingredients came together to make for a great evening meal, not only hearty but looks as good as it tastes which is always a plus in my books! When needing to come up with a meal in a hurry pasta does it for me every time, happy to have another to add to my Pasta Cookbook.


review by:
(2 Mar 2012)


This was an easy recipe to make and quick to the table. I think it could have had more flavor, but overall it was good. Next time I will melt the cheese on top, as I think it would have tasted better. I might add in regular onion next time as I really didn't taste the green onions with all the other ingredients. I may use Ro-tel in place of the tomatoes and chilies as it has more flavor, or possibly chunky salsa.... This is a good recipe to play around with, and I think black olives would be a great addition for me too!


(11 Dec 2011)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: The original version of this recipe was created by the famous Mexican-American celebrity chef, Aarón Sánchez. It was featured in his cookbook, "Simple Food, Big Flavor" which was released in 2011.

Fun Fact 2: This recipe has become a popular dish in many Mexican-American households. It is often served as a hearty meal for family gatherings and holidays.