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Baked Crispy Crunchy Taco Spaghetti

Course Main Course
Keyword Casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 orange or red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • 1 1.25 oz packet of taco seasoning
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 lb spaghetti or other comparable shaped pasta
  • 1 ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cup corn chip curls, like Frito's
  • cilantro, tomatoes, and sour cream


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • While pasta is cooking brown beef with onion and bell pepper in a large dutch over or oven safe pot (make sure its large enough to fit meat and pasta) until the beef is no longer pink. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chilies, taco seasoning, salt, pepper, cumin, and garlic powder. Stir well to combine and allow the sauce to lightly simmer over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Drain pasta and toss with meat sauce. Arrange pasta into an even layer, and top with cheese and then top with the corn chips.
  • Bake uncovered for 15 minutes to allow the cheese to melt and chips to warm and crisp.
  • Serve immediately and top with sour cream, fresh tomatoes, and fresh cilantro.


The pasta and meat portion of this dish can be made in advance, frozen, or baked at a later time. Perfect for a school night!