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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

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

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Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

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

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.

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

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

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.

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!

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