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The Best Taco Pasta Salad

Sprial noodles, seasoned ground beef, juicy tomatoes, black beans and plenty of cheese are all tossed in the best homemade taco-y dressing! It's everything you love about tacos turned into a tasty pasta salad!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: creamy taco dressing, mexican pasta salad, pasta salad
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Caitlin Monson

Ingredients

For the pasta salad:

  • 16 oz. dry rotini pasta (or a different medium sized noodle)
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • cups cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3-4 cups lettuce, chopped (optional)
  • Optional: crushed tortilla chips

For the taco dressing:

  • 1 cup blue cheese dressing
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning (~1 packet)
  • 2 Tbsp water (or more for a thinner consistency)

Instructions

To make the dressing:

  • Stir your dressing ingredients together in a bowl and set it aside. (You might want to add more water if you want a thinner consistency)

To make the pasta salad:

  • Cook your pasta according to the package's directions then drain it and set it aside to cool completely.
  • While the pasta cools, season your beef with salt and pepper and saute it in a large skillet until it's no longer pink. (About 5-7 minutes) Set it aside to cool. (You might want to place it in the fridge so it can cool faster.)
  • Once the pasta and ground beef are completely cool, add them to a large bowl along with your black beans, tomatoes and cheese and give it a good toss. Pour your desired amount of dressing over the top and and mix it again until everything is completely coated.
  • Serve immediately over a bed of lettuce with crushed tortilla chips on top (if using). You can also let your salad chill in the fridge for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Notes

If you're planning to have leftovers - DO NOT mix the lettuce or tortilla chips in with the whole salad. (They'll both become wilty.) Serve each individual bowl over a bed of lettuce with crushed tortilla chips on top.
We love using Bob's blue cheese dressing & Lawry's taco seasoning for the dressing!