What is a spaghetti taco? That’s what I said when my son kept asking for one. He really would have been happy with plain spaghetti on a plain tortilla, but I wasn’t going to settle for that. I can make a taco out of anything, so I was up for this challenge. My boys are kind of old now and I should be done with kid-friendly food, but this sounded kind of fun and reminiscent of their younger days. Sauced up, these Spaghetti Tacos are definitely sloppy. You would think my kids are old enough to not be so messy, but unfortunately that is not the case.
Just a couple days ago, my 16 year old had to dress up for school because his swim team had a home meet. I heard him coming down the stairs and could not wait to see my no-longer-little-boy dressed up in a shirt and tie. As he rounded the corner his face said it all, something went wrong.
TOOTHPASTE all over the tie. Like splattered and smeared. Are you kidding me? What do I do now?
Did you know that toothpaste is just about impossible to get out of delicate fabrics like those that make up a tie? We tried everything and my frustration grew. How were you so careless?
We blotted, steamed, used the hair dryer, and did the best we could. I was more distraught than him, as usual, but dropped him off at school on time. He was just fine.
I felt awful for getting upset with him. Obviously he did not want to ruin his brand new skinny tie (every tie Chris has is way too old man for him), and it was just an accident. He had thrown his tie over his shoulder to brush his teeth, and it fell off just at the exact perfect moment when he spit. Of course it did.
Kids are messy. They don’t mind. Might as well get away with it while you can.
Back to the Sloppy Spaghetti Tacos. These are a great way to use up left over pasta and sneak in some vegetables. If you want to really hide the vegetables, you can toss the noodles in the sauce and any little food detective you have might not notice.
To sauce or to dip? It’s a personal preference, and my kids always choose opposite from each other. Just be sure to have plenty of napkins. And remember kids, put your tie on AFTER you brush your teeth.
- 3 cups cooked spaghetti (leftover is perfect)
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 carrot, peeled and grated
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1 zucchini, grated
- 6-8 tortillas
- Optional: shredded cheese
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp grape jelly
- 1 bay leaf
- In a nonstick pan, heat olive oil.
- Saute carrot with a pinch of salt until it starts to soften.
- Add zucchini and onion.
- Saute until all vegetables are cooked, but not mushy.
- Add spaghetti and toss until heated through.
- Optional: Stir in shredded cheese.
- Salt/Pepper as needed.
- Add all ingredients in small sauce pan.
- Cook until bubbling.
- Remove bay leaf.
- Warm tortillas.
- Top with about 1/2 cup spaghetti/vegetable mixture.
- Drizzle with sauce or serve on the side.