Mexican Spaghetti {Fideo}

Mexican Spaghetti (also known as Fideo (fee-DAY-oh) or sometimes as Taco Spaghetti) is an easy-to-make meal that is absolutely delicious.

It is perfect for those busy weeknights when you need to get dinner on the table quickly.

Mexican spaghetti is a great weeknight meal because it’s easy to make and it’s affordable. This recipe only calls for one pot, so there’s less cleanup. And since ground beef is a relatively cheap protein, this dish is easy on the budget.

Another reason to love Mexican spaghetti is that it’s delicious and hearty. The spice blend is perfect – not too hot, but with enough flavor to keep you coming back for more. Plus, the cheese makes it nice and cheesy. You can easily satisfy your hunger with this dish.

So if you’re looking for an easy, tasty, and affordable weeknight meal, give Mexican spaghetti a try!

A plate of mexican spaghetti

What is Mexican Spaghetti?

This is one of the most popular ways to eat pasta in Mexico: spaghetti with a simple tomato-based sauce and garnished with little cheese, perhaps some cream on top too! It’s loved by adults as well as kids alike.

The basic dish can easily be enhanced with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and spices. It is then topped with shredded cheese and chopped green onions. Serve it with a side of sour cream for an extra bit of flavor.

What is Fideo?

The word “fideo” means noodle in Spanish. Sopa de Fideo (or Noodle Soup) is also a popular recipe in Mexican. According to the Chicago Tribune, fideo noodles are thin and round pasta (similar to angel hair pasta) that go into soups or casseroles with a tomato-based soup.

Spanish Fideo vs Italian Noodles

The cooking process for Fideo varies depending on what dish contains them. Unlike most Italian noodles that are typically cooked together within a pot until the noodles end up al dente.

Where can you find Fideo or Mexican spaghetti?

Mexican spaghetti / Fideo can typically be found in an authentic Mexican or Spanish restaurant.

However, the recipe below is super easy to make. So make these delicious noodles at home. As I have mentioned for the 1000th time, this is a super easy meal to whip up during a weeknight. In fact, it is one of my go-to when life gets super busy during the week.

Is Spaghetti popular in Mexico?

Pasta is a popular dish in many parts of the world, but it is not typically associated with Latino or Latin American cuisine. According to Google Trends, the search demand for “pasta” in Mexico has steadily increased over the last five years (see screenshot below).

in Latin America, some countries in these regions have adopted pasta and created their own delicious versions. Mexico is one such country. In Mexico, pasta is often served as Fideo or Sopa de Fideo. This helps demonstrates that pasta is a delicious and versatile dish that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Mexican Spaghetti Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of spaghetti
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • Olive oil
  • 2 lbs roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 a white onion
  • 2 garlic clove
  • 2 tsp chicken or tomato bouillon powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cups water
  • Cotija cheese, for serving

Instructions

Start by cooking the noodles

  1. To cook the spaghetti, boil water in a pot with salt, the bay leaf, and a little olive oil. The olive oil helps ensure that the spaghetti noodles do not stick together. Cook your pasta according to the package instructions but leave it al dente. Then set aside.

Next, create the Mexican Spaghetti Sauce

  1. While your spaghetti is cooking, boil your onion, garlic, and tomatoes for about 10 minutes.
  2. When your onion, garlic, and tomatoes are tender, add to blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Add cream cheese cumin, 1 cup water, and bouillon to blender and blend until fully incorporated.

Once noodles are done cooking, combine the noodles and the sauce

  1. In a large sauté pan on medium heat, melt the butter, being careful that it doesn’t burn.
  2. Once the butter is melted, add the pasta and then the tomato sauce slowly, adding as much as you want. I like saucy pasta, but not everyone does 😉
  3. Sprinkle with cotija cheese and serve.
A plate of mexican spaghetti
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Mexican Spaghetti

This is one of the most popular ways to eat pasta in Mexico: spaghetti with a simple tomato-based sauce and garnished with little cheese, perhaps some cream on top too! It's loved by adults as well as kids alike.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican, Spanish
Keyword: Mexican Spaghetti
Servings: 4
Calories: 288kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Spaghetti Noodles
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • Olive oil
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 White Onion
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1 Chicken or Tomato bouillon powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 4 ounces Cream cheese
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Cotija cheese (for serving)

Instructions

Start by cooking the noodles

  • To cook the spaghetti, boil water in a pot with salt, the bay leaf, and a little olive oil. The olive oil helps ensure that the spaghetti noodles do not stick together. Cook your pasta according to the package instructions but leave it al dente. Then set aside.

Create the Mexican Spaghetti Sauce

  • While your spaghetti is cooking, boil your onion, garlic, and tomatoes for about 10 minutes.
  • When your onion, garlic, and tomatoes are tender, add to blender and blend until smooth.
  • Add cream cheese cumin, 1 cup water, and bouillon to blender and blend until fully incorporated.

Once noodles are done cooking, combine the noodles and the sauce

  • In a large sauté pan on medium heat, melt the butter, being careful that it doesn't burn.
  • Once the butter is melted, add the pasta and then the tomato sauce slowly, adding as much as you want. I like saucy pasta, but not everyone does.
  • Sprinkle with cotija cheese and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 315mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 461IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 2mg
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How do you serve Mexican Spaghetti?

Mexican Spaghetti is typically a meal that is serve during lunch or dinner. It is typically served alongside meat and fish.

This pasta also makes for an excellent side dish during celebrations and holidays where you can enjoy this delicious pasta with your favorite meal!


Hopefully, by now you can see that Mexican Spaghetti is the perfect weeknight meal.

It’s easy to make and it’s affordable. Plus, it’s delicious and hearty. If you need a quick and easy dinner idea, give this recipe a try!

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