Chili Spaghetti

Flavorful Chili Spaghetti is a midwestern twist on a classic bowl of chili. It is hearty with just the right amount of spice!!

Chili Spaghetti is two of your favorite recipes in one!! Cornbread MuffinsMexican Cornbread, or Cheesy Garlic Bread are absolute MUSTS when eating chili, so choose your favorite bread and start sopping.

Chili Spaghetti

Chili and Spaghetti

I’m on a soup kick! Thanks to my mom who has been making a ton of soups, I have some awesome new recipes to share with you. I’ve never had this next recipe before, but everyone in the fam loved it! It’s perfect for a cold day, and if you’re a fan of spaghetti AND chili, then you’ll LOVE this soup recipe.

This chili recipe comes from my friend Jessica’s family and is super tasty. It was a chili her grandma from Wisconsin use to make, apparently it’s a mid-west thing to add in spaghetti. Honestly, I have never seen noodles in chili before but it was the perfect ingredient for this soup. It just made it that much heartier and tastier!

My mom and dad’s church always has a fall fair and chili cook off, and I’m determined to make this for it! Some chilis just have so many ingredients and my kids tend to favor the simpler versions. This one is VERY simple – doesn’t have any crazy ingredients and is so easy to make. WIN-WIN!

Making chili spaghetti

MEAT. Brown ground beef with season salt and garlic on the stove.

CHILI. In crockpot add the browned beef, tomato sauce, whole can of stewed tomatoes, 2 cups water, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, chili powder and chili beans. Mix. Cook on low for 2 hours.

PASTA. Next, cook spaghetti as directed. When done add to chili.

Tips, Variations + Storing Info

Mexican style beans are pinto beans with Mexican seasonings. If you don’t have this in nearby stores I would suggest using kidney beans or pinto beans and increasing some of the other seasoning to taste. 

Stewed Tomatoes: We didn’t personally chop the stewed tomatoes, if you pour them in and realize that some of those tomatoes are kind of large you can “squish” them with your spoon.

This can also be made in a pot if you are looking for a quicker version. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Brown meat with salt and garlic. Transfer to a large pot.
  2. Add tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, water, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, chili powder and beans. Cook on medium heat for 30 minutes.
  3. While soup is heating, cook up spaghetti noodles as directed on box and add to chili. Serve warm.

Variations: 

  • Use ground turkey or sausage instead of ground beef
  • Add chopped jalapenos
  • Add in chopped red or green peppers
  • Add some heat with red chili flakes or hot sauce
  • Add chopped onion
  • Use elbow noodles or penne pasta instead of spaghetti noodles

STORE leftover Chili Spaghetti for about a week in the fridge when stored in airtight containers. Due to the spaghetti noodles, it isn’t ideal to freeze, but it can be done. Reheat leftovers on the stove top or in the microwave.

Make Ahead: This makes a great freezer meal. Complete Step one as written. Using a large bowl instead of a crock pot, mix together the browned beef, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, 2 cups water, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, chili powder and chili beans. Transfer the mixture to a freezer safe container(s). Freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw and add to the crock pot. Finish cooking according to the directions.

Chili Spaghetti Recipe

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Chili Spaghetti Recipe

4.92 from 12 votes
Flavorful Chili Spaghetti is a midwestern twist on a classic bowl of chili. It is hearty with just the right amount of spice!!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 332 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • salt
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 24 oz tomato sauce (3 - 8 oz cans)
  • 1 14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 cans Mexican style chili beans
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 oz spaghetti noodles

Instructions
 

  • Brown ground beef with season salt and garlic on the stove.
  • In crockpot add the browned beef, tomato sauce, whole can of stewed tomatoes, 2 cups water, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, chili powder and chili beans. Mix. Cook on low for 2 hours.
  • Next, cook spaghetti as directed. When done add to chili.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

    1. I live in Indiana all my life and spaghetti and chili is not just a Kentucky thing. It’s the only way I’ve ever had it and the only way I ever want it

  1. 4 stars
    Our Baltimore version has chopped onions & green peppers in it. We just use can spaghetti which already has tomato sauce & saves time. No sugar.

  2. 5 stars
    I made a few adjustments. Added a large chopped onion , 2 tablespoons of tomato puree. I like a thicker sauce. I/2 package on spaghetti and cooked it on medium for 2 hours. Delicious

    1. I’ve never tried tuna with this recipe so I’m not sure how it would turn out but if you try it let me know. I’d love to hear!

  3. I was raised on this. Its called Cincinnati Chili! My Mom was from Ohio and made it all the time!

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