Pasta Taco Salad Recipe
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Pasta Taco Salad Recipe

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I've taken this dish to 4-H potlucks, church functions and my parents' 50th anniversary party. I also make it for guests. It's a salad with a little spunk!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1-1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3-3/4 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 3-3/4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 7 cups torn iceberg lettuce
  • 1 to 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 to 2 cups crushed nacho tortilla chips


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning; heat through.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, sugar and mustard; set aside.
  3. Drain pasta; place in a large bowl. Add beef and mayonnaise mixture; toss to coat. Add lettuce, tomatoes and cheese; toss to combine. Sprinkle with tortilla chips. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Taco Pasta Salad in Country Woman July/August 2006, p48

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 224832
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

"I substituted sour cream for the mayo. It turned out really good!"

sjmdam User ID: 4248228 214739
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2014

"delicious great pot luck dish gone everytime."

ellen1224 User ID: 2604106 159933
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"Maybe instead of mayo use sour cream or yogurt"

mayer22k User ID: 6968505 159931
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"amazing!!! i have had it for lunch for the last two days... the longer it sits the better it is... i add taco sauce to mine at the end..."

CanRil67 User ID: 5964261 97954
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"I thought was good but my daughter doesnt care for mayo--is there something you can sub for the mayo?"

Mme M-P User ID: 2572352 160951
Reviewed May. 26, 2009

"My family loves this salad on a warm night. I also bring it to work pot-lucks and it's always the first salad eaten up!"

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