Sassy Fiesta Spaghetti
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 8 servings
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • 1 (16 oz.) package spaghetti
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground beef (I used ground sirloin)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (omitted; didn't appeal to me)
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes with basil, undrained (used regular crushed tomatoes; added 1/2 Tbsp. of basil)
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (11 oz.) can Mexican-style corn
  • 1 (4.5 oz.) can sliced mushrooms
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  1. Cook and drain spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. In a 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion and bell pepper in oil 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally until tender; remove from skillet.
  3. Add beef to skillet; cook 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently until cooked through; drain off excess fat.
  4. Add onion and bell pepper to beef; mix well; stir in sugar (omitted), taco seasoning, tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn and mushrooms; heat to boiling.
  5. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve over spaghetti, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.
This spaghetti recipe comes from Betty Crocker; it's like traditional Italian with a little Mexican twist! The recipe originally called for organic crushed tomatoes, but I used the regular kind and added a 1/2 tablespoonful of basil.