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Ground Beef Spaghetti Skillet

I remember my grandma making this stovetop supper many times—we always loved Granny's spaghetti! My husband and I now enjoy making it. You can easily substitute ground turkey for the ground beef if that's what you have on hand. —Jill Thomas, Washington, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon grape jelly
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces uncooked thin spaghetti, halved


  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef, green pepper, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, 8-10 minutes, breaking beef into crumbles; drain.
  • Add water, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, jelly and salt. Bring to a boil. Stir in spaghetti. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until spaghetti is tender, 6-8 minutes.

Test Kitchen tips
  • The chili powder adds a subtle southwestern flavor to this spaghetti dish.
  • Garnish each serving with your favorite taco toppings like a dollop of sour cream and chopped green onions.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/2 cups: 431 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 843mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 5g fiber), 28g protein.

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    • jimw01
      Jan 29, 2021

      Made it last night. Everyone liked it, I thought that it needed more salt. Anyway it earned our favorite list.Thank You.

    • laura70
      Dec 14, 2020

      I had to add quite a bit of salt and then ended up pouring in some Ragu to get it more saucy. A great way to doctor up a jar of Ragu. Makes for a nice meaty sauce with good green pepper flavor throughout. The chili powder and grape jelly are nice touches and really make the dish.

    • dschultz01
      Jul 7, 2020

      Made this exactly as written, and it turned out great! My daughter called it "taco spaghetti" because she could taste the chili powder, but I thought it was just a good alternative to using a jar of sauce. Very good!

    • dig1
      Aug 9, 2019

      Tried it over the weekend and it is awesome

    • Anonymous
      Jun 4, 2019

      Tasty recipe! prepared for lunch today.

    • Amanda
      Apr 3, 2019

      No comment left

    • rstephens
      Feb 17, 2019

      Made this for dinner today and we really liked it! I used diced tomatoes with roasted garlic. Delicious and cleanup didn't take long.

    • my4sweetys
      Jan 7, 2019

      This was good. Not overly spicy/seasoned but tasty. I would definately recommend for a quick one pot dinner but not if you are looking for a true spaghetti recipe.