Taco Pasta Salad Recipe
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Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

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Gert Rosenau of Pewaukee, Wisconsin blends the best of two popular salads into one satisfying main dish. "Serve taco or corn chips on the side, and you have a complete meal," she says.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup Catalina salad dressing
  • 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 the taco seasoning; cool.
  2. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; stir into meat mixture. Add the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onion, green pepper and dressing; toss to coat. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Taco Pasta Salad in Quick Cooking January/February 2005, p19

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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HECUP User ID: 1673411 232325
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"I made this & didn't care 4 it. didn't like the tomatoes & the Dressing in it. I'll make it again by taking the tomatoes out & change the Dressing to Dorothy Lynch & adding the Nacho Doritos & adding red kidney beans."

Not_Spacy User ID: 6034953 230474
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2015

"Recipe doesn't mention water, but you need to prepare the meat per the taco seasoning packet with water. My 6 year old daughter who is just starting to eat salads really liked it. I may try a different dressing next time."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 229309
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"Overall very good & easy to make. I substituted penne pasta for the spirals as that's what I had on hand."

ferryal User ID: 3337544 65791
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2014

"Fantastic salad for the hot Summer days or Mexican themed get togethers! Since have dietary restrictions, used ground Turkey, omitted the cheese, chips and used light Thousand Island dressing. Did not have spiral pasta, so used Rigatoni! This is a keeper in my recipes. Thank you so much for sharing!"

voodoowitch User ID: 635464 144311
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

"I used Spicy Ranch instead of the Catalina dressing. I cannot stand for meat to have a sweet flavor."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 124875
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"This is delicious! I made two minor changes and used red onions instead of regular and nacho Doritos in place of plain tortilla chips."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 57369
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

"Loved it! Didn't think the dressing was too sweet at all."

gah10 User ID: 4626930 149024
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"This recipe was very good and super easy. My husband ask that I not lose this recipe. So I will definitely be making this dish again."

juliesprincess User ID: 1363224 143034
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"I loved it! My family didn't really like the Cantalina dressing, so next time I'm going to replace with taco sauce. This is definitely a keeper!"

juliesprincess User ID: 1363224 148156
Reviewed May. 7, 2011

"I loved it! My family liked it, too.

My husband wasn't crazy about the dressing, but he doesn't like his food sweet. I'll probably just use a little taco sauce next time instead."

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