Mexican Spaghetti (Easy One Pot Recipe) + Video

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Mexican spaghetti is a one-pot meal of sausage and noodles in a zippy, salsa-inspired sauce. This spicy spaghetti with sausage is perfect for nights when you can’t spend a lot of time prepping dinner. Make this 20-minute recipe for dinner tonight!

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If you need a quick 30-minute meal idea for dinner and your family loves the spicy kick of Mexican food, this one-pot Mexican pasta dinner is a must-make!

When it comes to Mexican cuisine, I’m all about this recipe for busy weeknights.

I love delicious recipes like this where I can feed the whole family! It’s literally a one-pot wonder that creates the best recipe – ever. 

The steps on the recipe card below show that you can create easy recipes with a tasty twist without having to reinvent the wheel.

It’s one of my favorite comfort food recipes, which is why I always fill a large bowl full. 

Don’t forget to let everyone add their favorite taco toppings – as that’s part of the fun!

I always have a blend of Mexican cheeses, along with pepper Jack cheese and Colby jack, as well as fresh cilantro to put right on top! 

sliced sausage, tomatoes, jalapenos, and onion in a large pot

Mexican Spaghetti

Your favorite salsa ingredients come together with tender pasta and spicy sausage for a knock-your-socks-off meal. It’s so easy, it practically cooks itself!

This Mexican spaghetti recipe is a busy family’s dream meal, because everything cooks together in a large pot on the stovetop. One-pot pasta dinners are the best!

It’s made the same way as our Greek chicken pasta and Italian one pot spaghetti recipe.

If you like Mexican foods with a mild spicy heat, then definitely check out our recipe for Mexican corn skillet as well. 

It’s ready in 25 minutes with just a handful of ingredients.

uncooked ingredients in large pot for mexican pasta dinner

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Sausage – Feel free to use your favorite variety. I like hot Italian sausage, but chorizo would taste just as great. 

    If you don’t like spicy dishes, use a mild link sausage instead.
  • Jalapeno – Replace this with canned diced green chiles or leave it out entirely. You can also remove the seeds to make your Mexican spaghetti less spicy. 

    If you use fresh chili peppers, be sure to wear gloves to protect your skin from the irritating oils found in all chiles. 
  • Water – For more flavor, use an equal amount of vegetable or chicken stock instead of water.

You can also use ground turkey, lean ground beef, rotisserie chicken, or even make this a vegetarian option as well.

The only thing that you need to worry about is creating a dish that the family will love. 

The versatility of this one-pot taco spaghetti recipe is what keeps me coming back for more.

The next time that you make this easy Mexican spaghetti, add all the fun Mexican flavors that you want. It’s a great option to get dinner on the table quickly! 

Vary the spice level as well by adding chili powder or some cayenne pepper.

There are even some spicy taco seasoning options as well that can take the dish from medium heat to spicy hot! Great recipes like this put a fun spin on Taco night! 

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How to Make Mexican Pasta

This one-pot Mexican pasta recipe couldn’t be any easier to make. 

Just combine everything in a deep, wide pot, so there is plenty of room for the spaghetti noodles. 

Then, bring it to a boil, cover, and simmer until the pasta is cooked!

stirring pot of cooked spaghetti with sausage and veggies

Mexican Pasta Recipe Variations

Want a creamier sauce?

Add 4 ounces of cream cheese at the end and stir until melted and well incorporated. 

This is also a great way to tone down the spiciness of your Mexican spaghetti without losing any flavor.

Try a different type of pasta.

This Mexican pasta recipe is extremely flexible and will work with nearly any shape of noodles

Just keep in mind that using a larger or thicker variety of pasta may affect the cooking time, so make adjustments accordingly.

Sturdier long pasta like fettuccine and linguine can support the sausage and sauce better than more delicate varieties like angel hair.

For short pasta, choose a medium-sized variety like rotini, penne, cavatappi pasta, or even cavatelli

Avoid smaller shapes like macaroni or shells, which are more likely to overcook.

Serving Suggestions

While Mexican pasta is a complete meal on its own, you can’t go wrong with a fresh salad on the side. If you don’t feel like greens, try my Street Corn Salad instead.

You could even use this Mexican spaghetti recipe to make spaghetti tacos! 

Load spaghetti with sausage into your taco shells, then top with sour cream, guacamole, extra cheese, or salsa.

Mexican Spaghetti Recipe FAQ

Is Mexican pasta good as leftovers? 

It sure is! Transfer any leftover spaghetti with sausage to a sealed container and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days.   Reheat in the microwave or on the stove, adding a splash of water or broth as needed for moisture.

Do I need to cook the sausage first? 

This step isn’t necessary, but you certainly can! Brown the sausage in the bottom of your pot, then toss in the onion for a few minutes while you’re at it.It’s an easy way to deepen the flavor of your Mexican spaghetti even further.

Can I make this without cilantro?

You can leave out the cilantro altogether or even replace it with a teaspoon of dried ground coriander if you want to add a little seasoning.

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Mexican Spaghetti (Easy One Pot Recipe) + Video

Donna Elick
Mexican Spaghetti is a one pot meal of sausage and noodles in a zippy, salsa inspired sauce. Make this 20 minute recipe for dinner tonight!
4.50 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Method Stovetop
Servings 6 – 8


  • 3 cups halved grape tomatoes, divided
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 pound smoked hot sausage links, precooked (sliced into coins)
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced (to taste)
  • 4 cloves garlic , sliced
  • 1 pound dry spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 5 cups water


  • Reserve (set aside) 1 cup halved tomatoes and 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a large (12″) braising pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cover and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, remove the lid and cook 7-9 minutes until pasta is al dente (with a bite to it). Toss pasta with tongs occasionally to keep the pasta from sticking. The liquid will be mostly absorbed when the pasta is finished cooking.
  • Add remaining tomatoes and cilantro and toss to combine.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Donna’s Notes

Choose your favorite sausage. I prefer hot Italian sausage, but chorizo would be good too. You can substitute 1 pound any dry pasta for the spaghetti, just cook until al dente.
You can substitute green chiles for the jalapenos or leave out the jalapenos completely.
You can finish the sauce with 4 ounces of cream cheese stirred into the pasta. It will help cool down the spiciness and also add a nice creaminess to the pasta.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 571cal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 1154mg | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published August 2015, updated and republished May 2024

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  1. An interesting combination of ingredients, looks like a winner. When a mexican dish is cooked with pasta the pasta is called fideo.

    1. Actually if you translate Fideo in espanol it means noodle. So technically Bobs comment is very close to truth. If you don't believe me use a translator app.

  2. One pot AND ready in 20? Sign me up! This looks amazing. I love easy and delicious weeknight pasta meals!

  3. I made this last week with some fresh ingredients from my garden. I love one pot meals, not only was this easy and fool proof, it was so fresh, light tasting and savory. I hope everyone tries it.

    1. Hi Ernie! You can leave out the cilantro altogether or even replace it with a teaspoon of dried ground coriander if you want to add a little seasoning. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

    2. Hi! I would substitute cumin – a very Mexican flavor.

      Also, in your tip you mention subbing chorizo – but its NOT cooked sausage. How would you do that?

  4. Saw this in Facebook. Just tried it. Added cream cheese as suggested to cut the spiciness simply to appease children's pallets. Turnes out delicious! Whole family complimented the dish.

    1. Awesome! so happy you loved it. Kids can be tough, the cream cheese is perfect. Thank you for coming by to leave feedback!

  5. What is the sauce made out of? I'm looking at the recipe and it says add 4 ounces of cream cheese to the sauce. Or, did I miss that in the recipe?

    1. The sauce is made in the pot as the ingredients cook. You add the cream cheese directly to the pot if desired. I leave it out and it is perfect for me. I like spice! But more tender palates may prefer the cream cheese added.

  6. Hey how you doing My question is I'm going to make the Mexican pasta do I add salsa because I see at the beginning of the page you said I can add my favorite salsa

    1. Actually the recipe includes the ingredients traditionally found in salsa. You can make adaptations as desired but it is amazing as is. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  7. Usually, I don't comment on a recipe, but I will have to this one time. This recipe is awesome. I tried your recipe. I added salsa, taco seasoning and mozzarella cheese. I used turkey smoked sausage (since I don't eat pork), Mt. Olive crushed jalapeno and Veggie Spaghetti. Delicious! I raved about your recipe to my sister and best friend. Now, they want to try it. Of course, I put in pdf file and sent to their phone to try it. Thank you, Donna for sharing your recipes. Oh by the way, I added the cream cheese because I used too much jalapeno…it works and yum. It is a keepa for me! And, I am a follower on all your social medias. Lol.

  8. Just made this for dinner tonight but add bell peppers instead of tomatoes (my bf dislikes them) and added sour cream to bring down the spice a notch. Turned out absolutely delicious

  9. I have used this recipe with several versions. First I used the original. Second, I used jalapeno sausage. Third, regular sausage but a sliver of jalapeno pepper and 1 can rotel and used 4 cups of water instead of the 5 cups. No cilantra since some can't eat it. They were all great. Nothing like a basic recipe that can be changed & still soooo good. Thanks for a great one.

  10. This recipe is great! I have made it with several versions and it still turns out great. No matter what you change it is simple and easy. I have enjoyed it soo much. Thanks!

  11. Made this last night. Followed recipe. It was OK, but something was missing. Will try adding some salsa and cheese with the leftovers.

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