I found this recipe on Pinterest the other day and thought, hmm, I love spaghetti and I love tacos but I've never thought of putting the two together. I am a brave cook so I thought, "What the heck!"

Let's just say this concoction may seem unlikely, but man was it good. My Husband says it's a keeper.

Taco Spaghetti

From Better Homes and Gardens, "Cooking for Today Pasta"
makes 6 servings
per serving: 438 calories, 36g protein, 42g carbs, 21g fat


5 oz. dried spaghetti, broken

1 lb. ground beef (or turkey)
1 large onion, chopped
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp. taco seasoning mix
11 oz. can whole kernel corn with peppers, drained
1 cup sliced pitted black olives
1 cup colby jack or cheddar, shredded
1/2 cup salsa
4 oz. can diced green chili peppers, drained
shredded lettuce
tortilla chips
sour cream, optional


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. In a 12-inch skillet, cook beef and onion until meat is brown. Drain fat. Stir in water and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cooked pasta, corn, olives, half of the cheese, salsa, and green chili peppers.

3. Transfer mixture to lightly greased 2-quart round casserole. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake until melted.

4. Serve with shredded lettuce, tortilla chips, tomatoes, and sour cream, if desired.

Note: I used ground turkey to save some calories!