This spaghetti taco dish recipe is a fun way to jazz up an everyday spaghetti with meat sauce. Kids love the clever presentation and will not give you hard time eating the last night’s leftover dinner. It is super simple: we take spaghetti with homemade delicious meat sauce and serve them in crispy corn taco shells for the kids. They love that they can pick them up and eat, the easier the better. You can also add melty parmesan or mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and even a dollop of sour cream to make it look like “real tacos”.
Italian and Mexican cuisines mash up wonderfully, think taco lasagna or Mexican spaghetti. And the best part you don’t need to decide between Mexican or Italian for dinner, you can have both.
The process of making this dish is following basic spaghetti with meat sauce steps. And then just serve them inside taco shells. While making the meat sauce I like to sneak in some vegetables to boost the nutritional value of the sauce and to balance out robust, beefy flavors of ground meat. Carrots, onions and shredded zucchini work amazing. Kids will never know but is it a way to make them eat their vegetables.
To really build up the depth of flavors and richness of the sauce we are using three different types of tomatoes in this spaghetti tacos recipe. Tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. White wine also intensified the flavors while milk neutralizes the acidity of the tomatoes and adds creaminess. All the veggies help with thickening the sauce so it is never watery. Sturdy, crisped up in the oven taco shells have no problem standing up to the spaghetti.
This spaghetti tacos dinner is a huge hit with little ones and easy to make. It looks very appetizing and tastes great. Kids can’t get enough of it and will devour it in no time.