Today I’m going to show you how to make one of my favorite one pot meals, tex mex spaghetti. By one pot meals I mean everything is cooked in the same pot including the spaghetti. I know some of you might go ehhhhh, I know I thought the same thing. But it seriously works for this dish because all of this delicious sauce is absorbed directly into the pasta.

Make sure your pasta isn't sticking to the bottom when cooking this. If it looks dry then it probably is, add some more water.



How much are we making?
Total Calories
Ground beef
1 lb
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 cup
Medium Sized Onion
Serrano Peppers
3 Cloves
Spaghetti (dry)
0.5 lb
1 Can
Tomato Paste
1 Tablespoon
Taco Seasoning
4 Tablespoons
3 Cups
Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons
Cilantro (Optional)
0.25 Cup
12  Items


  1. Prep
    1. Chop onion and serrano into bite sized pieces Onion and serrano pepper being chopped on wooded cutting board
  2. Cook
    1. Add oil to a large or about a 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Vegetable oil coats bottom of large stainless steel pan
    2. Add ground beef and cook stirring occasionally until well browned all over. Ground beef is browned in large pan while being stired by large spoon
    3. Add onion and serrano and cook until the onion is slightly translucent. Chopped onion and serrano peppers are added to browned ground beef in large pan
    4. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Minced garlic is added to ground beef, onion, and serrano in pan
    5. Add tomato paste and saute for 1 minute. Tomato paste is squeezed from tube into pan with ground beef, onions, and peppers
    6. Add rotel, water, and taco seasoning to pan. Mix well. A can of rotel is added to pan of beef, onion, and peppers Water is poured into pan from measuring cup Water is poured into pan from measuring cup
    7. Add spaghetti to pan and try to spread it out as evenly as you can. Dry spaghetti pasta is added to pan Large spoon is used to press spagetti below water level in pan to ensure it cooks
    8. Bring pan to a boil then put a lid on. A lid is placed on pan and steam can be seen forming inside vessel
    9. Turn the heat down to low and set a timer for 15 minutes. Hand reaches up to stove control panel to turn burner knob to low Pressing timer button on stove control panel to set a timer for 15 minutes
    10. After the 5 minutes is up, remove the lid and stir well. After lid is removed from pan, a large spoon is used to stir spaghetti mixture
    11. After another 5 minutes is up remove the lid and stir again. If it looks too dry or if it is starting to stick, add 1/4 cup of water. Large spoon stirs pot of taco spaghetti
    12. After the last 5 minutes is up, turn off the heat and add the cheese and cilantro (if using). Grated cheese is added to taco spaghetti pan from measuring cup
  3. Serve
    1. Now plate. Munch. Enjoy!