Spaghetti is an easy dinner that kids like and that is easy on the wallet. But let’s fact it, having the same dish over and over again can get boring. Confetti spaghetti takes a Mexican slant on traditional spaghetti. Your family will love it and you’ll love having the variety.
Since meat is generally the most expensive item on our grocery lists, recipes that use some kind of starch help us make our grocery dollars go farther. This is just one trick we use to save money at the grocery store. The problem is that boredom can set in very easily if you’re always making the same three or four recipes.
Spaghetti has always been a favorite at my house, and honestly, I don’t know many kids who won’t happily eat spaghetti every night of the week. But the adults you’re feeding can get pretty fed up (pardon the pun) in a hurry.
Confetti spaghetti has a different taste because instead of traditional spaghetti sauce you’re adding Mexican seasonings like chili powder and cayenne pepper. It gives you another great spaghetti recipe that you can add into your meal rotation.
Recipe for Confetti Spaghetti
A Mexican slant on traditional spaghetti
- 1 pound spaghetti noodles
- 1 1/2 pounds hamburger meat browned and drained
- 1 medium green pepper diced
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes undrained
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 Teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook spaghetti noodles according to directions on package.
Cook hamburger, green pepper, and onion in large skillet until meat is done. Drain any fat from hamburger.
Drain spaghetti noodles when done and add to beef mixture.
Transfer mixture to a greased 9×13 baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Uncover dish and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake about 5 more minutes until cheese melts.
By the way, if you’re trying to cut carbs at your house then you can make this recipe with low carb pasta from the Great Low Carb Bread Company. I’ve used several of their products and they’re definitely tasty. A great alternative if you’ve got someone in the family watching carbs or trying to lower blood sugar.
For more great tasting and frugal recipes, be sure to check out Cheap and Easy Family Meals.