Mexican Chicken Spaghetti

Mexican Chicken Spaghetti melds the comforting textures of pasta with the robust flavors of Mexican cuisine, creating a dish that’s as hearty as it is delicious. This recipe offers a unique twist on traditional spaghetti, incorporating creamy Velveeta cheese, spicy Rotel tomatoes, and a duo of condensed soups for a rich and flavorful sauce. I recently prepared this dish, intrigued by its promise of creamy, spicy goodness, and it did not disappoint. The combination of tender chicken, melted cheese, and the slight heat from the Rotel tomatoes, all tossed with spaghetti, resulted in a meal that was both satisfying and full of flavor. It’s a fantastic option for those looking to spice up their pasta night with something a little different and is sure to be a hit with anyone who loves the creamy comfort of cheese and the bold tastes of Mexican-inspired ingredients.


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 lb Velveeta cheese (regular or Mexican style)
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes (regular or hot, depending on your heat preference)
  • 1 lb spaghetti pasta
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper (red or green), chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the Chicken: In a large pot, boil the chicken breasts with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper added to the water, for about 10 to 12 minutes or until fully cooked. Remove the chicken, and once cooled, cut it into bite-size pieces.
  2. Prepare the Spaghetti: In the same chicken broth, cook the spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and set aside. Discard the remaining broth.
  3. Saute Vegetables: Melt butter in the now-empty pot. Saute the chopped onion and bell pepper until they are soft.
  4. Combine Ingredients: Add the Rotel tomatoes, both cans of soup, the cooked chicken, and the cooked spaghetti to the pot with the sautéed vegetables. Stir gently to combine.
  5. Add Cheese: Cube the Velveeta cheese and add it to the pot. Stir well until the cheese is completely melted and the ingredients are well mixed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Heat Through: Continue to heat the mixture, stirring occasionally, until everything is heated through and the cheese has fully melted. Be careful to avoid scorching.
  7. Serve: Serve the Mexican Chicken Spaghetti hot. Optional garnishes include freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Pair with a side salad and hot garlic bread for a complete meal.

Additional Tips

  • Cheese Alternatives: If Velveeta is not your preference, you can substitute with a mix of shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses for a similar creamy texture.
  • Vegetable Variations: Feel free to add other vegetables like diced tomatoes, corn, or black beans for extra flavor and texture.
  • Spiciness: Adjust the heat level by choosing between regular or hot Rotel tomatoes, and by adding diced jalapenos for extra spice.
  • Storing Leftovers: This dish reheats well, making it great for leftovers. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

FAQ Section

  1. Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts?
    • Yes, chicken thighs can be used for a richer flavor. Adjust cooking time as necessary.
  2. Is there a gluten-free option for this recipe?
    • Use gluten-free spaghetti and check that the canned soups are gluten-free to make this dish suitable for a gluten-free diet.
  3. Can I make this dish ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can prepare the dish ahead and refrigerate it before the final heating step. Just reheat on the stove or in the oven until bubbly.
  4. How can I make this dish healthier?
    • Opt for whole wheat spaghetti, low-fat cheese, and low-sodium soups to reduce calories and increase fiber.
  5. Can I freeze Mexican Chicken Spaghetti?
    • Yes, it freezes well. Cool the dish completely, then store in a freezer-safe container. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Mexican Chicken Spaghetti is a delightful twist on a classic, bringing together the best of both worlds for a dish that’s sure to become a new favorite. Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just looking to spice up your dinner routine, this recipe offers a deliciously satisfying option that’s as easy to make as it is to enjoy.