Cowboy Spaghetti is a western twist on the usual spaghetti. It’s kind of a mix of tacos, chili, with noodles. Is it hearty enough for you?
Before our move, I had to try to use up what was in our pantry. I really didn’t want to have to move more stuff than we had to – and believe me, we moved a lot of stuff! You know what they say, right? Necessity is the mother of invention! Let me tell you, it is the truth!
I had some random stuff in my pantry and wanted to make a “different” kind of pasta dish to use up some of the stuff I had. Now, I don’t know about your family, but mine will eat most anything that has noodles in it! I also knew I wanted something with a little kick …. and maybe borderline Tex-Mex because, we were moving to Arizona after all! I didn’t necessarily want a runny sauce like traditional spaghetti sauce – but something a little more chunky and rugged.
To tell the truth, I have no idea what cowboys ate .. or do eat. This dish just reminded me of something they would eat. I threw this together and it was a hit with the family! The sauce is reminiscent of cross between a less liquid chili and a taco-y kind of mix – if that makes any sense? Any who – I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine! 🙂
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For the sauce
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 cans (15 oz. each) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (10 oz.) Ro-Tel tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
- 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- pinch cayenne powder (optional)
- spaghetti noodles
- shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream, black olives, green onions, avocados, chopped tomatoes, crushed Fritos
- In a large skillet, brown and crumble the beef with the onion and green pepper until the meat is no longer pink. Drain if necessary. Add remaining sauce ingredients and cook over medium-low heat for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
- To serve, top cooked noodles with sauce and any desired toppings.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 485Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 688mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 36g
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Originally published on April 11, 2013. Updated on April 22, 2021.