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Cowboy Spaghetti

Cowboy Spaghetti

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cowboy-spaghetti
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings


  • 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.


This dish may be baked in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish, if desired.