Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad Recipe

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When I first served this jazzed-up pasta salad for my mom's birthday dinner, it was so well-received that I couldn't wait to make it again! Chose the flavor of salsa to suit your family's taste.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 282 calories, 15g fat (2g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 412mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse in cold water; drain. In a large salad bowl, combine the pasta, black beans, peppers and onion. Combine the salad dressing, salsa and cayenne. Pour over pasta mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Pasta Salad in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2011, p222

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