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Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

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. YIELD: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.

Reviews for Taco Pasta Salad

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HECUP 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 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 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 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 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 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 57369
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

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

gah10 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 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 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."

linsvin 153534
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"Made a meal out of this by serving corn bread on the side. This really makes a lot."

Joleen018 129056
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"I have passed this recipe on to friends who LOVE it!"

shearer7800 153504
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"This has become a family favorite. The pasta just adds a little something special to a standard taco salad."

kay52178 62658
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2009

"My mother used to make a similar recipe but without the pasta for our family events growing up. We loved it, so I decided to try this recipe. It was great. DH loved it. Kids still to little to be interested, but I"m sure they will be when they are older."

AndreaFarmer 153502
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2008

"My husband and I love this dish. We eat it with tortilla chips or put it inside a soft tortilla. It is excellent and a nice change compared to tacos."

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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.