Fideo (Mexican Spaghetti) Recipe -
Fideo (Mexican Spaghetti) Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Fideo (Mexican Spaghetti)

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"A very unusual but very delicious pasta dish. My Mexican grandfather used to make it and I make it in memory of him. For you, Pepe! Hope you all like it too! Goce! (Enjoy!)"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    40 mins


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken breasts in the oil until nicely browned on the outside. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  2. Add remaining oil to the skillet, and add the broken spaghetti. Cook, stirring constantly until spaghetti is browned. Drain off any excess oil, and add tomatoes and onion. Dice the chicken breasts, and return them to the skillet. Season with cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Pour in water, cover, and simmer over medium-low heat until pasta is tender, and water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Check towards the end, and add more water if necessary.
  3. Spoon the chicken mixture into bowls to serve, and garnish with shredded cheese.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 25, 2009

I have also been making fideo for years. My recipe is a little different though-I don't use regular noodles I use 1 box of vermicceli, it also says Fideo on it in the pasta isle (yelloe box w/ red lettering) and 1 can of diced tomatos with green onions seasoned in them. 1/2 cup of chicken stock or i can of water. I usually make this w/o any chicken or meat if I'm looking for a fast meal. Just melt 3 tbls butter in skillet and then add fideo stirring constantly until light browned.Then pour in 1 can of diced tomatoes and 2 cans of water or the chicken stock, bring to a boil and then cover and simmer for 10-15 min until fideo noodles are al dente. I then add more chicken stock if it seems to thick for me and then I add grated cheddar cheese and eat with a warm flour tortilla. I season as needed w/ salt and pepper, maybe some cumin. very easy meal to make.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 05, 2003

Sorry, this just did not do it for our family. Not sure why; they love mexican food and pasta, just not together, I guess. Really need to watch it - it gets dry quickly.

Feb 11, 2007

This is really good! I used 1 can diced tomatos and 1 can dice tomatos and green chiles instead of the 5 roma tomatos...still excellent.

Jul 12, 2006

I also subbed chicken stock for water and used one can of Rotel w/ chilies and one with lime juice and cilantro in place of the chopped romas. Added a nice little kick without being too spicy for the 8 year old. Added a few chopped black olives as well. Served it over a little fat free refried beans and used less chicken to keep it light and still have plenty of protein. Used whole wheat pasta as well!

Jun 13, 2006

Thanks for the delicious recipe, we thought it was great. The only changes I made were to omit the onions and instead add some chopped green peppers and a little garlic. My husband already had some of the leftovers as a late evening snack (and he never eats leftovers)! We didn't cook it too long, make sure the noodles are al dente, the little bit of chew in the noodles really tops the dish off. Thanks again!

Jan 15, 2004


Jan 15, 2013

My son challenged me to find a "Mexican spaghetti" recipe and I found this. We all liked it. Not our favorite dish but it is good and I will make it again.

Jan 20, 2010

Very Good. I used a can of rotel tomatoes with green chiles, rather than the roma tomatoes. I also had to add more water at about 8 minutes into the cooking time. I found that the noodles needed extra cooking time. I increased the time to 15 minutes. Very good, will make again.


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  • Calories
  • 455 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.9 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 70 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 14.4 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 3.3 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 32.2 g
  • 64%
  • Sodium
  • 213 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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