A skillet filled with Cowboy Spaghetti is the kind of fusion dish that will have the family running to the table. Filled with spaghetti, cheese, chili seasoned beef, smoky bacon, kidney beans and slices of jalapeno it’s sure to bring the heat to supper any day of the week.
Easy Cowboy Spaghetti Recipe
There’s a mysterious allure when a dish has the word “cowboy” in the title. It implies hearty and flavorful and that’s exactly how I would describe this Western inspired Cowboy Spaghetti. Jalapenos bring the heat to this dish but, if your a bit spice shy feel free to pull back on the amount or leave them out altogether. The meat sauce is chocked full of onion, tomatoes and kidney beans and a seasoning blend that pulls the whole dish together. How to make Cowboy Spaghetti:
- Pasta – Thin Spaghetti.
- Beef – Ground sirloin or ground chuck.
- Bacon – Classic Bacon.
- Vegetables – Onion, canned light red kidney beans, tomato sauce and Rotel Chili Fixins or original Rotel.
- Seasonings – Dark chili powder, ground cumin, garlic salt, lemon pepper and Mexican oregano.
- Cheese – Shredded Pepper-Jack cheese.
- Mix-ins – Worcestershire sauce and pickled jalapeno slices.
- Garnish – Green onions.
How to Make the Best Cowboy Spaghetti Recipe
So, how do you serve Cowboy Spaghetti? I like to serve this dish with assorted toppings just in case my boys want to kick it up and dress it up to their liking. Think of using the same toppings you might enjoy on a big bowl of chili. I usually have a variety of topping options such as sour cream, ripe or green olives, homemade pico de gallo, chunky guacamole or whatever your heart desires.
- Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Cowboy Spaghetti: Bacon, ground sirloin, diced onion, Worcestershire sauce to enhance the flavor of the beef, light red kidney beans, Rotel Chili Fixins’ or classic Rotel tomatoes, dark chili powder, salt, cumin, lemon pepper, Mexican oregano, shredded pepper jack cheese, pickled jalapenos and spaghetti. You’ll also need green onions or chopped cilantro for garnishing.
- The chili sauce for this cowboy style spaghetti can be made up to 2 days in advance for a timesaver. Just pop it into the refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble the spaghetti for baking.
- When cooking the spaghetti be mindful and don’t over cook it. It will cook again along with the remaining ingredients in the oven and you don’t want mushy pasta. Ever.
- Pepper jack cheese adds to the kicked up flavor overall. That said, you can adapt using a miler colby jack, monterey jack or even cheddar cheese, if that’s what you have on hand.
- Store leftover cowboy spaghetti in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the microwave in single serving portions.
- A basket of green chile cornbread or homestyle garlic bread and a salad would round out the meal nicely.
More Southern Style Cowboy-Inspired Recipes to Make
So you know when a recipe has the word cowboy in it, you’re in for something special. It’s typically comprised of hearty ingredients and infused with flavor and a side of spice. More fun cowboy inspired recipes you may like to try:
- Checkout my recipe for kicked-up Cowboy Rice Casserole. another one dish meal the family will love.
- Cowboy Pasta Salad features tons of flavor and seasoned ground beef that can be served warm or chilled.
- Slow Cooked Cowboy Casserole can simmer in the crockpot while you go about your day.
- A big bowl of Cowboy Caviar is as delicious as it is colorful.
- Cowboy Queso Dip made in a crockpot.
- Serve these Texas size Peanut Butter Cowboy Cookies for dessert!
- Texas Cowboy Hash from Landolakes.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 1/2 lbs ground sirloin
- 1 medium sweet onion diced
- 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 15 oz can light red kidney beans drained
- 1 14 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 10 oz can Rotel Chili Fixins Tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp dark chili powder
- 1 Tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp lemon pepper
- 1 tsp Mexican oregano
- 3 cups shredded Pepper-Jack cheese divided
- 12 oz thin spaghetti
- pickled jalapeno slices, amount to taste
- sliced green onions for garnishing
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Brush the bottom and sides of a 12-inch cast iron skillet with olive or vegetable oil. Set aside.
- In a separate large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain and crumble. Reserve 3 Tbsp drippings in skillet.
- Add the ground sirloin and diced onion to the bacon drippings. Cook over medium-high heat until no pink remains and the onion is softened.
- Lower the heat and add the Worcestershire sauce, beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, lemon pepper and oregano. Mix well and leave on low until pasta is cooked.
- Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti per the package directions in salted water until al dente. Drain well.
- Add cooked spaghetti and crumbled bacon to the sauce reserving 2 Tbsp bacon for garnishing. Mix until ingredients are combined. and pasta is evenly coated with sauce,
- Pour half into the bottom of the cast iron skillet. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups cheese and arrange jalapeno slices on top. Repeat layers with spaghetti, jalapeno slices and remaining cheese.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted and golden.
- Serve immediately garnished with green onion and reserved bacon.