Ranchero Chicken and Pasta Bowls

If taco soup and traditional spaghetti had a baby- this would be it's spicy, yummy, south of the border son! Top with what you please- We suggest avocado, red onion, cilantro, sour cream, and a big of queso fresco. 

Course Dinner
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
218 kcal
Rachel K.


  • 1 Small Bell Pepper, Diced Any Color- We used yellow.
  • 4 Stalks Celery, Diced
  • 1 Small Onion, Red or White, Diced
  • 4-5 Chicken Thighs We used bone in- but, you can use any cut really, bone in or out.
  • 4 Tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 2 15 ounce cans Tomato Sauce
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Package Barilla Spaghetti
  • 3 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 3 ounce cans Mild Roasted Diced Green Chiles

Toppings- Optional, but very yummy!

  • Dollop of Sour Cream
  • Finely Chopped Red Onion
  • Sprinkling of Fresh Cilantro
  • Diced Avocado
  • Cheese- We used Queso Fresco


  1. In a large soup pot, combine  diced bell pepper, red onion, and celery with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Stir until 'sweaty', then add  4 tablespoons taco seasoning, and stir until vegetables are coated. Add  chicken thighs. Cook until chicken thighs are browned.

  2. Once chicken thighs are browned, add in 2 cans of tomato sauce, 4 cups of chicken stock, 2 cans of roasted diced green chiles, fresh cilantro, and Barilla spaghetti. Bring to a boil, and reduce to simmer for 30 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes to prevent spaghetti from sticking to pan.

  3. After simmering for 30 minutes, turn burner off, and let cool slightly. Serve with optional toppings and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Ranchero Chicken and Pasta Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 270mg11%
Potassium 359mg10%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 345IU7%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.