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

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  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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Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

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

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2014

"delicious great pot luck dish gone everytime."

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"Maybe instead of mayo use sour cream or yogurt"

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..."

Reviewed May. 2, 2011

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

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