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Sombrero Pasta Salad Recipe

Sombrero Pasta Salad Recipe

I take this slightly spicy salad to almost every party or picnic I attend. Every time I come home with lots of compliments, but never any leftovers! - Patty Ehlen, Burlington, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:10 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 548 calories, 29g fat (9g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 941mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein

Reviews for Sombrero Pasta Salad

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Reviewed May. 26, 2014

"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"

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"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."

Reviewed Jun. 1, 2013

"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.."

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"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, cherry

tomatoes (cut in half), large shredded cheese and Rotelle pasta. Before serving crush Doritos over salad."

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2012

"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!"

Reviewed Jun. 7, 2012

"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."

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"Have made this salad and given the recipe out many times. Great summer salad, makes a large bowlful"

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2011

"I made this for a potluck we were having at work, that was 10 years ago, now they just expect me to bring it for each and every potluck, it has been a big, big hit with my co-workers."

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

"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!!!!"

Reviewed Jun. 11, 2011

"I make this one often! Very good and can sit down and eat it for a meal!"

Reviewed Jun. 6, 2011

"This is a great salad! Got a great response at the pot luck I took it to. Warning - it makes a lot! It almost filled my 6 quart mixing bowl."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"My Family loves this we make this every other week!"

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2010

"Add some crushed up Doritos to this salad just before servicing, the crunch really adds another level to this already good salad."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"My rating is suppose to be 5 star - EXCELLENT!"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"This is a great salad I've made many times & my family continues to request it!"

Reviewed Jul. 21, 2009

"This salad was wonderful!!! Easy to make and very tasty!!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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