Spaghetti Tacos-Gourmet Kid Food Extraordinaire

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Ingredients and Cooking

My son asked me for to make spaghetti tacos. I had never heard of such a thing and had no idea he did either. But when he asks for a special food, I try very hard to please him. That little boy seldom asks for anything. I had no idea where to start so I just decided to get creative and combine the two dishes.This is the result and they really were very good

note: we do not eat meat so I used a substitute for ground beef. Use one pound of ground beef if you are a carnivore.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 bag of TVP (texturized vegetable protein) soaked in a small amount of water to soften
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tbl oil
  • 1 pkg taco shells or make your own
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces spaghetti broken in to two inch pieces and cooked al dente or leave long, only breaking the spaghetti one time in the middle. Then it will hang out of the shell on each side.

Heat oil in skillet until medium got then stir in onions, season to taste. Cook until onion is tender.

Add TVP and stir well. Cook until mixture browns.

Stir in taco seasoning and remove from heat.



I Think He Inhaled Them

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a few lonely leftovers
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Assemble The Tacos

Place one spoonful of taco "meat" in bottom of shell. Sprinkle with cheese. Layer on a pinch of spaghetti, top with more cheese. Add one more layer of "meat" and spaghetti, then top with taco sauce, cheese and onion.

If the taco sauce is too spicy for children, use chunky vegetable spaghetti sauce for them.

Optional toppings:

  • jalapenos, chopped
  • green olives, chopped
  • sour cream
  • guacamole
  • iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • colored bell peppers, chopped
  • tomatoes, chopped
  • black beans
  • fresh cilantro
  • greek yogurt

Spaghetti Tacos

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Spaghetti Tacos would be a great way to use up leftover Spaghetti sauce and noodles, would just have to change the recipe slightly. What a great idea! I love your Pillsbury dough boy by the way :)


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Jennofthree 5 years ago from Georgia

Yes - this is going on the menu this week! Literally, I gave the kids a choice of spaghetti or tacos last night...now, we can avoid choosing!


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thebookmom 5 years ago from Nebraska

So fun! The girls will love helping make these as well as eating them. THANKS for sharing :)


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

I am a carnivore (sorry). This is another home run. Combining foods that kids love to eat into one. Now my stomach is growling...


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

hi Just Ask Susan. Customizing this recipe will be a breeze. I used spicy taco sauce on mine and used spaghetti sauce for my son. Most folks will probably use ground beef also. Using leftovers, this recipe can be made for pennies!

Isn't Monsieur Doughboy adorable? He belonged to my daughter and I keep him out to remind me of her. He is a great sous chef.

Thanks for the great comments.


marellen 5 years ago

Sounds good to me but I need the ground meat or turkey.....


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GusTheRedneck 5 years ago from USA

Howdy Hyphenbird - Your son has a smart appetite (one that knows what's good to eat).

Gus :-)))


Becky 5 years ago

This is good. My daughter-in-law makes this for my grandchildren. She will use Spaghetti O's for a quick lunch. Taco potatoes are also good. Put anything you like on a taco in a baked potato.


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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

This sounds yummy. I'm going to try it and send the recipe to my daughter-in-law to make for the kids. Thanks.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Ingenious! Who would have thought to put these two together? Thumbs up for the creativity! I will have to try this recipe out. Thanks for sharing!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Jennofthree, that is a fun coincidence. Kids love these foods and the combination is really tasty. My son and I both loved them. Two meals in one, with everybody choosing his/her favorite. And the cost is incredibly minimal. Enjoy!

Thanks for dropping by.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

thebookmom, yes! Kids will love making these and it builds coking skills. I am so glad I decided to create this when my son asked for them.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello A.A. Zavala. I must confess that I am a big kid because I loved them. That 'psghettii hanging off the taco shells was fun and hilarious. I certainly forgive you for being a carnivore. Just use ground beef instead of the TVP, eat and enjoy. I always love when you drop by with your witty comments.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi marellen. That is an easy substitution. You will love these. So fun and yummy.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Gus, I actually thought of you as I was writing up the recipe and hoped you would see this. My boy is cool indeed. Thanks for coming by.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Becky. I had never heard of such a thing. I thought my son just imagined it. Oh well. I had fun creating a recipe anyway. Thanks for the visit.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

lambservant, please do. The idea took some getting used to for me, but these are really good. They are healthy also. I hope they enjoy them as much as we did.

It was good to see you. Have a great day.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Faithful Daughter, my boy gets the award for creativity. I am only the lowly chef, lol. I did like them. He had them again tonight but I had a big salad. Yum.

It was nice to see you today.


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

I guess this is what they mean by fusion cooking - Italian and Mexican meet. Thanks for the recipe.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Here you are with another great sounding recipe. I love spaghetti as well as tacos. I must admit that i have to have meat. I will use turkey. Thank you Brenda...


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Well there's a new idea - what great fun for kids, and yummy too!

Cloverleaf.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi there Sally. Fusion cooking, what a perfect description. I hope you try it. I was surprised.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

always! How great to see you. Use the turkey, it is low fat and will be healthier than beef. Isn't this a fun recipe? My boy is a genius. laugh


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Cloverleaf. It was really good and I must admit to being surprised. I really just made them for my boy but would eat them again. I can only think any kid would be thrilled to get these for dinner.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I saw this and I just had to laugh. About a week ago my kids were watching Icarly on TV and they were talking about spaghetti tacos. They didn't go into detail on how to make them but they had a cooking competition. I have always wondered what they would taste like, but maybe now I will give it a shot! :)


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

barbergirl, maybe that is where my boy heard about them too. It was fun to develop a recipe and presentation. They are very tasty too. It is good to see you here.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

2 favourites in 1 meal, what a great idea, thanks for the recipe!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Movie Master, you are welcome. These are so fun and easy to make. You will enjoythem.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

I love this!!! Forget kid food- this is SIMONE FOOD! I love the recipe you've created, Hyphenbird. And I love the photos, too! The tacos look great and your doughboy cookie jar is adorable!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Simone, you are so cool. These really taste great and are fun to make and eat. You can even do it without a sous chef like mine. He is adorable and is featured in all my recipes. We have had him for about 25 years now. Enjoy your spaghetti tacos and think of me:)


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

You know when I make spaghetti now I do not use meat either and I use taco seasoning in it although not a lot but enough for flavor so this would be a great idea! Thank you, I will try it soon...if not today.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Pollyannalana. I have not eaten meat in years and years. My cholesterol is low as is my blood pressure. I take no medications and feel great. I think the amount of meat people eat is too much for the body to handle.

Enjoy the meal and please let me know what you think and any changes you added.


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Trsmd 5 years ago from India

I have observed here that your comments page is more than the matter you have published..


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Trsmd,

The hub published was an exerpt from the life of someone who is more more interesting than you. It's a tasty recipe hub, and we enjoyed it and the company of the author. Nuff said...


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Trsmd. Thank you for noticing and adding to the comments. Quality does not have to be long and involved, how something is laid out and written are more important than length. Thank you for coming by. Did you read the recipe? Did you like it and find it interesting? Have a nice day, Hyphenbird.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

A.A.Zavala, you are awesome. Thank you kind sir.


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howcurecancer 5 years ago

My girls will love it.


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howcurecancer 5 years ago

My mom will love it.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hell hcc. You will love it. laugh

I was surprised how tasty they really are. Thanks for the visit and comments.


Viola 5 years ago

My grandson asked me once to fix him spaghetti taco. I thought he was just joking around with me, so I did put left over spaghetti in a taco shell and he ate it. Yours sounds good.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Viola. It is amazing what we do for our little ones. I wonder where they have heard about spaghetti tacos or perhaps it is their creative minds. These are really good, I think you all will like them. Thanks for coming by and leaving your great comments.


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Maggie-May 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

Yummy yum yum!!! Liked your little dig too--carnivores, lol Must make this recipe for my son mack and his buddies sometime soon, as they love both too!!!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Maggie-May. How nice to see you! My son and his friends love these, they are so much fun to eat with spaghetti hanging off the sides. Kids get creative with toppings also. I must say I like the too. They are flavorful and easy yo make and eat. I am laughing at your carnivore comment. People seldom even notice when I use TVP in recipes instead of ground beef. And it is heart healthy. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy my recipe. I loved creating it.


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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I love it when kids give us inspiration. Not in a million years would I have thought about combining spaghetti with tacos. But I can see the "wow" factor for kids.

I don't have too many kids around these days, but when I do, your recipe will be on the menu.

Love, love, LOVE your photos.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Sally. I cannot tell you how much your comments touch my heart. I reviewed the photos since you commented on them and the joy on that little boy's face is priceless. To think adults pay millions for satisfaction and a simple taco was all my guy needed. Wow. I did make a recipe card from a template but could not upload it. I probably need to save it as a jpeg or something. Thank you a thousand times dear Hub friend.


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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Sorry you had trouble finding card templates to download. I'm assuming you have MS Word (if not, these won't help!) Try these if you haven't already tried them...

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/CT0101...

I tried downloading a couple of them, and didn't have too much trouble (sometimes it's a two-step process, but MS Office is pretty clear about directions. Hope these work for you. :)


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MissJamieD 5 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

My kids love spaghetti tacos we've been having them for a few years now;)


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Karen N 5 years ago from United States

LOl, kids are always willing to try new things. My son tried to eat potato chips on his spaghetti the other day.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you Sally. I saved the link. But how do I get it on HP? I thought I could only upload a jpeg. I need to get more technological educated. I appreciate your help very much.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi MissJamieD. I had never heard of them. I am learning lots of new things with this boy and loving them all! Thanks for stopping by.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Karen. Crunchy spaghetti sounds pretty good. These kids are great at expressing their ideas. It is so much fun. Thanks for stopping by.


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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Hyphenbird, so sorry! I misunderstood you. Yes, jpg is the way to go, uploading it into a photo capsule. :)


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thanks so much. I will try that. I have looked at the templates you shared and found some adorable ones. I greatly appreciate your help.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Very creative Brenda...shared this on my facebook..Thank you! :)


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you I appreciate the share. I am kind of craving these now. sigh


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a wonderful hub Brenda ;so nice to read your gems once more.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Eddy! How great to you today. I hope everything is going well for you. Thanks for reading this Hub about great kid food.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

5- star, extraordinaire... what a fun combination to try with kitchen leftovers... for the young or the young at heart! UP & UABI. Hugs, mar.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thanks Mar. We love these and even seeing them now makes me want one. I do appreciate your loyal visits and comments.

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