What’s for dinner? Spaghetti Tacos thanks to ‘iCarly’!

Across the country parents are getting an odd request for dinner: Spaghetti Tacos!

Your kids haven’t knocked their brains loose doing tricks on their skate boards, they are just on top of a food trend sweeping the country thanks to the hit Nickelodeon show “iCarly”

If you’re not familiar with the show I’ll give you the quick run down. We watch it way too much!

Carly lives with her older brother Spencer. Spencer is an artist and is pretty eccentric. (Carly and her friends produce an internet show hence the name iCarly!

In one episode, Spencer was supposed to be making dinner. The camera flashed to what he was producing with his culinary skills and it was: the Spaghetti Taco.

The spaghetti taco has had several reoccurring roles on the show and now is sweeping the sleepover scene across the country.

From The New York Times (I can’t believe there’s a quote in The New York Times about this:)

“That punch line has now become part of American children’s cuisine, fostering a legion of imitators and improvisers across the country. Spurred on by reruns, Internet traffic, slumber parties and simple old-fashioned word of mouth among children, spaghetti tacos are all the rage. Especially if you’re less than 5 feet tall and live with your mother.”

“Mom blogs and cooking Web sites are filled with recipes from dozens of desperate parents who have been confronted with how to feed their offspring the popular gag. A Facebook page has sprung up with more than 1,200 fans.”

I am shocked that I haven’t gotten the request yet for Spaghetti Tacos! My kids are huge fans of iCarly and love the crazy older brother.

Have you gotten the request to make Spaghetti Tacos? Did you know where the weird combination came from? Are you willing to serve it? What is your special way to make it?

39 comments Add your comment

Peachy

October 12th, 2010
2:18 pm

Hummm…mine aren’t big enough for the show or the tacos, and I think I am glad. This just doesn’t sound good to me. I love Verde in Brookhaven and all their different tacos: fried calamari, fajita steak, cheeseburger, but spaghetti and tacos just don’t sound like a good mix to me. I like Italian and I like Mexican, but not sure I like Italian-Mexican….I am interested to hear from some one who has actually made/eaten these. Do you put Mexican spices in the tomato sauce? And is the mix of pasta and tortilla odd? That’s alot of carbs…

Peachy

October 12th, 2010
2:25 pm

Hummm, mine are too little for the show or the tacos and I think I am glad…I love different tacos, like at Verde in Brookhaven: friend calamari, fajita steak, cheeseburger, but I just don’t know about this combo. I like Mexican and I like Italian, but I don’t know about Mexican-Italian…I want to hear from some one who has done this: Do you put Mexican spices in the tomato sauce? Is it wierd to have the pasta and the tortilla? Seems like a bunch of carbs…

Peachy

October 12th, 2010
2:26 pm

Hummm, mine are too little for the show or the tacos and I think I am glad…I love different tacos, like at Verde in Brookhaven: friend calamari, fajita steak, cheeseburger, but I just don’t know about this combo. I like Mexican and I like Italian, but I don’t know about Mexican-Italian…I want to hear from some one who has done this: Do you put Mexican spices in the tomato sauce? Is it wierd to have the pasta and the tortilla? Seems like a bunch of carbs.

gpkbsin

October 12th, 2010
2:33 pm

not a spaghetti fan and now spaghetti taco… ugh!!! i googled it. the pictures look scary :)

motherjanegoose

October 12th, 2010
2:42 pm

Not big on spaghetti tacos but I have eaten chocolate covered potato chips…a believe a ND specialty!
since I rarely watch TV, I have no clues about these trends unless they show up on Food Network. My daughter and I have observed some interesting dishes there!

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Becky

October 12th, 2010
3:30 pm

No, I have not gotten a request to make them..Yes, I know where the combination came from..Sure, if the kids wnated to try it, I would try to make it for them..I would think there are a lot of things out there that are worse tasting then this..

Valstake

October 12th, 2010
4:36 pm

Here’s nutrition facts:
Spaghetti Tacos, Serving Size: 1 (201 g), Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 472.3
Calories from Fat 137 29%
Total Fat 15.2 g 23%
Saturated Fat 5.2 g 26%
Monounsaturated Fat 6.1 g 30%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.3 g 6%
Trans Fat 0.9 g 0%
Cholesterol 76.1 mg 25%
Sodium 366.7 mg 15%
Potassium 662.0 mg 18%
Magnesium 63.9 mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 49.3 g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2.0 g 8%
Sugars 6.3 g 25%
Protein 32.0 g 64%
(Based on recipe on Food.com.)

I don’t see myself eating spaghetti tacos and wouldn’t feed it to family members. Spaghetti tacos don’t sound particularly healthy, look at the fat content. One taco at close to 500 calories. No wonder so many kids are fat.

mom2alex&max

October 12th, 2010
4:54 pm

I am bracing myself for this request! My kids are big fans if iCarly, but I think (and hope!) that they see this dish as a joke (as it was intended!)

mom2alex&max

October 12th, 2010
4:57 pm

Somewhat unrelated: does anyone have issues with the lack of parental guidance in the show? Only things we see are a whacky older brother, an insane single mother, and less than flattering references to Sam’s mom.

Another thing that bugs the crap out of me in that show is how Sam and Carly spend the night together on ocasion, as tween/teen girls are wont to do. Fine. But how many of you would let your daughter spend the night in a house where the only adult is some 20-something older brother?

JATL

October 12th, 2010
5:00 pm

This sounds disgusting! Starch on top of starch -no thanks. My 4 year old boy has caught bits of iCarly here and there, but he’s not “allowed” to actually watch it. From what I’ve seen, I’m not a fan, and I wouldn’t serve this mess even if requested. Shaggy and Scooby eat a number of insane things (like chocolae sundae pizza and olives -only a stoner could really appreciate that) but it doesn’t mean I’m actually going to make those dishes.

ABC

October 12th, 2010
6:46 pm

What on Earth is iCarly? I probably should be glad I don’t know.

John

October 12th, 2010
7:21 pm

Little kids should not be watching this show it is getting a little more inappropriate talking about bras and what not.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

October 12th, 2010
7:22 pm

Valstake – i just tweeted your nutritional report! good job!

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Jeff

October 12th, 2010
7:49 pm

I’ll make it if she asks. It would be a fun project. Whether she watches the show or no I don’t know; my vote doesn’t count unless she’s with me and we are busy doing active things.

janet

October 12th, 2010
8:03 pm

Spaghetti tacos are not for me but I have friend from England who serves baked potatoes (jacket potatoes in England) with a filling of baked lasagna….He loves it. Starch with starch. They actually serve this at parties.

perkle

October 12th, 2010
8:12 pm

My son is 16 so it’s not something we’ve ever watched. I can’t say that it sounds that good. However, if your child requested it, it would be a good opportunity to get them in the kitchen learning to cook. Things like this once in a while would be fine nutritionally. Unfortunately a lot of parents feed these types of things too much to their kids. Junk food, fast food etc will always be more economical in the USA, where as the opposite is true in other countries. With so many people out of work these days, sometimes cheaper is all they can do. If you don’t know how to cook, you don’t realize that you can prepare healthier meals at home.

I don't know Carly

October 12th, 2010
9:37 pm

OK…Wow. Interesting conversation. I think I will mosey over to the obituaries…bye bye

I don't know Carly

October 12th, 2010
9:38 pm

Hey…what about that Miley Cyrus video…..another one bites the dust. Lilo will be seeing her in rehab soon. Maybe iCarly will be joining. Isn’t it great what we let our kids watch?

OldTimer

October 12th, 2010
9:39 pm

I’ll try it. It just might work.

Valstake

October 12th, 2010
9:42 pm

Thanks for the compliment, Theresa, but please remember I cite only one website that was based on one recipe. Other recipes may differ (but somehow I don’t think this would be a healthy meal regardless of ingredients.)

@perkle – I watch my food budget like a hawk. Junk food is, in my opinion, actually more expensive than “healthy” foods. Produce out of season is an exception, of course, very expensive. Cooking from scratch, while not always possible, is rather easy and in some instances, kid friendly. I agree wholeheartedly about parents feeding their kids “junk food” too frequently.

Andrea

October 12th, 2010
9:45 pm

My daughter loves iCarly and we made the spaghetti tacos! Friday nights are family fun nights and they get to pick the menu. We made them and she hated them. So, I got a cool mom badge for making them with her and fortunately, she hated them! Win – win for me on that one.

atlgal

October 12th, 2010
10:03 pm

Rectal Bleeding

October 12th, 2010
10:18 pm

I’d rather lick a cheese grater, then use the remnants to garnish a salad than eat spaghetti tacos.

Teacher

October 12th, 2010
10:39 pm

What in the world are parents today thinking when they feed their kids? Is there any wonder that this generation is obese?

Spaghetti tacos are filled with corn (a starch – sugar), noodles (a starch – sugar), sauce (with sugar), and taco seasonings. Doesn’t that sound health???? NO!

French fries are the most eaten vegetable? Are you kidding?

Todays kids are getting high blood pressure, joint problems, depression, and other major health issues – these are CHILDREN! And it is all the fault of the parents.

WAKE UP!

Teacher

October 12th, 2010
10:41 pm

@Andrea – You are NOT a good parent and not a cool one. Rather than making these you should have used this as a learning moment to teach your child the importance of a healthy diet and why these tacos are death.

Shame on you for even making them!

lala land

October 12th, 2010
10:52 pm

@ Teacher: Shame on you for saying she’s not a good parent. GET A GRIP!! YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE NO SENSE OF HUMOR!! Parents shouldn’t feed spaghetti tacos every night, but it’s not that big of deal to make on occasion, like family night. I watch iCarly with my kids & I think it’s funny. It’s nice for parents to get involved in their child’s interests

Light

October 12th, 2010
11:33 pm

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X&J'SMOM

October 13th, 2010
9:17 am

My boys and I watch ICarly and they have tried the spaghetti tacos, and like many on this blog, they hated it!! it was a learning experience for them, not everything on t.v. is as good as they make it sound!!! have a good day everybody!!

Becky

October 13th, 2010
11:58 am

@lala land..Thank you for saying that..Something else that a lot of people need to remember is that NOT everyone is obese in this world..I have a nephew that is 31 years old and has a size 29 waist..So what, these might not be the healthest food ever, but if you don’t feed them crap every day, these aren’t going to kill them..

Must be nive to be perfect as so many think they are..Wouldn’t want our kids to have any fun or anything now would we?

Teacher

October 13th, 2010
12:31 pm

@lala land and Becky….

You are right. Our kids are not fat. Our population is not fat. No one eats fried foods or other unhealthy stuff. Everyone chows down on brocolli every chance they get.

Get real!

You guys have your head in the sand. I teach and see kids that cannot even climb one flight of stairs without running out of breathe – my grandmother can run circles around these kids!

It isn’t the kids fault. Their parents have been too permissive and fed them crap food all of their life. It likely started when they were toddlers and the parents gave up and said something like, “fine, eat hot dogs for every meal… as long as you eat.” Then, as the child got older, of course they refused to eat their ‘yucky’ vegetables because they were taught that they didn’t have to.

Parents need to do the right thing by their kids and stop just taking the path of least resistance.

It has nothing to do with ‘having fun’ but rather it has everything to do with making good choices for a healthy life. Is brushing teeth “fun” – I doubt many would say so. But, it is the right thing to do and the right thing to teach your child.

Food choice should be no different.

Teacher

October 13th, 2010
12:35 pm

If you want to have ‘fun’ with your child and try new foods, try healthy choices: zuchinni, exotic fruits, frog legs, etc. There are healthy choices that are adventuresome.

By the way, being a parent does NOT mean that you must always make EVERYTHING fun!

JJ

October 13th, 2010
12:46 pm

It’s ok once in a while to eat unhealthy foods. Hell we had junk food night almost every Friday when my daughter was younger.

Becky

October 13th, 2010
2:50 pm

@Teacher..My head is NOT in the sand, so get off your freaking high horse..I did not say that there aren’t fat kids or fat adults, I said that not everyone is..Sorry that you have had to battle weight loss issues for most of your life, but don’t try to put others down for enjoying their kids and doing fun things with them..

As for being a smart*ss know it all, my two do eat healthy foods..They eat brocolli, and exotic fruits and if they want to try frog legs, they will..They both ride their bikes about 20 miles (or more) per week..The girl eats salads for school lunch about 3 times per week..The boy eats fruit everyday of the week..They both eat seafood weekly..NOT FRIED..

As for adults being overweight, I know about that first hand..I have an older sister that is morbidly obese..This is why I teach my two to eat healthy..BUT, they are still kids and yes, I will still do things to have fun with them and yes, I will still let them eat junk food once in a while..So until you start paying my way for everything, don’t tell me what to feed my kids and when to not make life fun for them..

momof5

October 13th, 2010
7:00 pm

Ya’ll get off peoples chiz
G washington was fat
and kids can try spaghetti tacos
if they dont like them thats fine just lay off

OTOH

October 14th, 2010
12:50 am

yep, teacher, that’s the spirit! Until every American has an acceptable BMI, no American may eat anything fun.
BTW, when did zucchini become adventuresome? and do you prepare your frogs’ legs with lots of butter?

look to youself for blame

October 18th, 2010
7:19 pm

Get over it people all you had to do was comment like/not like. Obviously we are all so bored that we make mountains out of mole hills.
i just wanted a bloody recipe
hey you want a nazi regime
wait a year or 2 it’s coming
Chanses are your morbidly obese sister would of found alternatives ways to
kill herself
such as drugs alcohal
all these things speak more of deeper issues
so i say again GET OVER IT PEOPLE!!!!
WE all have varying incomes and chose to eat inmost part accordingly

look to youself for blame

October 18th, 2010
7:43 pm

sorry becky
my fault in my hast
i directed something at you
intended teacher
retraction please
now whos to blame… ahh!