Mexican Fideo

I frequent the local Mexican supermarket, or as I know is El Rey Supermercado, in Milwaukee, probably about once a week. It is hands down one of my favorite places to go for a couple of reasons. One, is that you get great produce and fresh tortillas about half the cost that you would pay anywhere else, and they have some great food there.

I’m guilty of ordering that tacos that the elderly wait staff do not even bother to give me a menu anymore. They know that I want two tacos al pastor and one carne asada, with a horchata. It is my go to while at El Rey, but I always look at what is being showcased as their daily special. There was one dish that caught my eye one afternoon, and it basically looked like spaghetti. After asking the waitress what it was, she said “fideo, Mexican spaghetti”, and gave me a chuckle. Not sure why she chuckled, but it was probably a look I gave her, the look of “really, Mexican spaghetti?”.

Mexican Fideo Recipe

So, after prompting one of my Latino buddies, Romke, I asked if it were true that there is such a thing as Mexican spaghetti. He responded quickly that his grandmother was the queen of making fideo, and that indeed existed. I had to make some as you could easily tell, the locals in El Rey really enjoyed it, and now I know why.


  • 1 lb dry vermicelli noodles, broken in half
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of red onion, diced
  • 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 3 1/2 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 cup of cooked ground beef, optional
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp Mexican oregano, crumbled
  • 1 bay leave
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of queso fresco, finely grated

Begin by getting a large, deep skillet out, and add the oil. You can to make sure you cover the base of the skillet with oil. The trick to this dish is that you want to lightly brown the dry noodles in the oil, being careful not to burn the noodles. So bring the oil to medium heat, then add in the pasta. Mix well,  and continue to stir for a few minutes, not allowing it to burn. Once you get a nice golden, amber like color on the pasta, add in everything but the cheese. Stir to mix well, bring to a gentle boil, then cover, and reduce to a simmer. Cook for roughly 15 minutes, stirring once in between this time.

When you are ready to plate, add the pasta to a plate, or small bowl, and top with the grated queso fresco.

Not only will you be really surprised on how comforting this simple recipe is, but also how unique it is. The texture of the pasta has something about it, something really great about it, due to the browning at the beginning. At first you think you are eating a traditional Italian spaghetti dish, until you get a bit of the cumin flavor, along with the Mexican oregano. A real hit, and one I am glad that I asked my waitress at the supermercado what the heck it was. Enjoy.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

6 thoughts to “Mexican Fideo”

  1. As a 4th generation mexican american, fideo or “sopa” as we also call it, is a staple in my house for a quick side dish or snack. But I have always just used a tomato/chicken flavored salt cube. This recipe is SO much better! And I can now serve it as a main course, such as I did last night. The kids loved it, the flavor was great! I served it with a side of warm tortillas, sliced avocado and mini corn on the cob. I will never use those sodium laden cubes again! Thank you.

  2. I love Fideo. I call it my mexican spaghetti. I fry it up like I do my rice for spanish rice and then instead of spaghetti sauce I make up a sauce with hamburger green chilies onion garlic and cumin…oh so good.

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