One Skillet Mexican Spaghetti!


Have you every had a pound of ground beef or chuck and thought, do I want spaghetti or do I want tacos tonight?  Both meals are popular at our house and when I want something easy and fast, they both work!   Also, as high as food prices are getting, I think we will all be looking for more economic meals to feed a family!   This "Mexican Spaghetti" is a perfect mash up of the two!   

I love this recipe for several reasons!   It's not only tasty, economical, and quick ot make, you literally only use one skillet, so cleanup is a breeze!   Also, this is loved by all ages!  What's not to love here! 

Here is what you will need:

1 lb. ground chuck or ground beef 
1 Tbs. olive oil or vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced (optional)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 (1 oz.) pkg taco mix
1 (10 oz.) can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 cup frozen corn niblets
8 oz. uncooked spaghetti, broken in half
2 cups water
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend 
1/4 cup green onions, sliced (optional)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped (optional)

In a large skillet, at least 4 quart, with a lid, brown the ground chuck in the olive or vegetable oil.  As it browns add in the diced onion and if using, the jalapeno.  Add the salt and pepper.  When it's all browned add the taco mix!

Stir in the can of Rotel and the tomato sauce!  

Stir in one cup of corn niblets!   You could also add a can of black beans or chili beans here in addition ot the corn or instead of the corn.  

Add the uncooked spaghetti and 2 cups of water and stir to cover the spaghetti with liquid.  Bring it up to a boil and then stir.  Cover with the lid and turn the heat down to medium low and simmer for about 15 minutes!  This allows the spaghetti time to cook and absorb the liquid.

Sprinkle the top with cheese and cover until it melts, about 10 minutes!  If you like the cilantro, sprinkle the top before serving!  
I set out taco toppings...sliced green onions, sour cream, hot sauce, sliced olives for each person to garnish their own serving! 

This is delicious and it easily feeds 4-6 people!  The leftovers ever better the next day!  Enjoy!

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