- 1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta
- 1 pound ground beef
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 envelope taco seasoning
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 large green pepper, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 medium tomato, chopped
- 2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
- 1 bottle (16 ounces) Catalina or Western salad dressing
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add water and taco seasoning; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
- Rinse pasta in cold water and drain; place in a large bowl. Add beef mixture, cheese, green pepper, onion, tomato and olives; mix well. Add the dressing and toss to coat.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Yield: 10 servings.
Light-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
Reviews for Sombrero Pasta Salad
"I love this recipe it was really good only thing I would recommend put the dressing a little at a time and taste as you go"
"We really like this. I only used 1 can of olives and added one can of green chilis. It was nicely sweet and zesty. We added crushed fritos to the top when we served it."
"I made this salad today with a few changes.. I used a Pablano pepper (instead of the gr. bell pepper) and Creamy Italian Dressing with jarred mild salsa (instead of the tomato).. I forgot the cheese, but it tasted really good even w/o it...Oh I also used Mini Ziti (instead of spiral pasta)..I will definately make it again.."
"This salad is great for any potluck. Have made it many times and always have a request for the recipe. My favorite way to make it is with the Western dressing, cherrytomatoes (cut in half), large shredded cheese and Rotelle pasta. Before serving crush Doritos over salad."
"Just made this, was super fast and easy and I'm eating it as I type this review because I couldn't wait for it to get cold. So tasty!! Ended up using spicy ranch because I couldn't find a chipotle dressing at Luckys, but it still tastes delicious!"
"I gave this a 4 star because after adding the Catalina dressing the salad had a pinkish/orange color to it and wasn't very eye appealing. It had great flavor and we really liked it, but it was passed over because it didn't look appealing."
"Have made this salad and given the recipe out many times. Great summer salad, makes a large bowlful"
"When i found this recipe i thought of my son right away because he doesn't like lettuce salad! So I made it for a Grad party and it was a hit, now I will be making it for another Grad party! I will be making it for who every asks me to make it! Plus for my own family!!!!"
"I make this one often! Very good and can sit down and eat it for a meal!"