Best Ever Taco Pasta Salad
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Anyone here love tacos? How about pasta? What about BOTH!?
Taco pasta salad is super easy to make and can definitely be prepared using veggies and add-ins your family loves. I even made a video to show you the simple process of putting together this yummy salad…
The result is a fantastic tasting pasta salad with lots of bold taco based flavors with fresh veggies, and added crunch from tortilla strips — everyone will love this easy side dish for sure!
Tips for making the BEST taco pasta salad:
- This salad is HUGE so you’ll need a super big bowl. If you need a suggestion for a quality deep wood salad bowl, I have had this 12×7 inch acacia bowl via Amazon.com for a couple of years now, and love the shape and size! It’s so beautiful.
- I used Catalina salad dressing and it worked out yummy here. If that’s not a favorite of yours, try using another dressing like ranch or zesty Italian. I also had some taco sauce in the fridge, so I used some of it as well. Yum!
- Taco pasta salad is very easy to cater to taste! Leave out anything you don’t love or consider other add-ins like black olives, black beans, and/or top with sour cream. I also topped mine with tortilla strips, but crushed Doritos work great too for some added crunch and flavor.
- You might be asking why I didn’t only season just the ground beef. I chose to season the cooked noodles and cooked ground beef together, so the noodles would get some of that yummy taco flavor, too! I used a taco packet, but check out our taco seasoning recipe for a homemade option.
- I added a couple of chopped avocados right before serving so they didn’t turn brown. They’re optional, yet so yummy!
- Leftover taco pasta salad can be stored covered in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
Check out the video on Youtube for an easy tutorial to make Taco Pasta Salad!
Taco Pasta Salad
yield: 10 SERVINGS
prep time: 20 MINUTES
cook time: 20 MINUTES
total time: 40 MINUTES
Pasta noodles and ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning and tossed with fresh veggies & Catalina dressing as tasty side dish or dinner idea!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound pasta spirals
- 1 taco seasoning packet
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
- 4 green onions, sliced
- 15 oz. canned corn, drained
- 3 cups iceberg lettuce, chopped
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup Catalina salad dressing
- 2 tablespoons taco sauce
- 1/2 cup tortilla strips
- 1 large avocado, diced
This will be your new favorite pasta salad!
I love this idea as an easy to compile, unique side dish for a BBQ, but I also ate it on its own for dinner and it was so yum! All of these flavors pair so well together.
My family and I really enjoyed this taco pasta salad so you should definitely give it a try!