Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

Erin S. | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts Updated

Taco Pasta Salad - a creamy pasta salad with all your favorite taco toppings! Great to make ahead and have in the fridge for dinner or to take to any get together.

Summer seems to be the season for entertaining. Maybe even more so than the holidays in the winter. It seems that every weekend we have a different barbecue to go to, pool party, family reunion or something else.

Something about the nice weather has everyone wanting to get outside and spend time with friends and family. 

One thing almost all of these events have in common? You usually need to bring a dish to share. I always go for something easy I can make ahead of time like Southwestern Corn Salad.

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Or sometimes I will bring dessert. But it is always a no bake dessert. Like Boston Cream Pie Ice Box Cake

In the summer I kind of live on pasta salads. I have them for lunch during the week, bring them to parties, make them as a side dish when we have burgers or grill chicken, or even just serve them for dinner.

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For years my son didn't think he liked pasta salad. Something about cold pasta, he just didn't like. Last year that changed! Pasta Salad is now a way I can get him to eat his vegetables.

So when I made this taco pasta salad, I was excited to see what he thought. He loved it, and I know it will be on repeat all summer long.
Taco pasta salad is made with a creamy salsa dressing, and mixed with your favorite taco toppings. I used tomatoes, black olives, avocado, and corn. But you could do whatever your family likes.

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Use black beans, or bell peppers, or red onions; just about anything! You can even top with crushed tortilla chips for a little crunch!

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You can make this taco pasta salad the day before, or in the morning and have it waiting for you for dinner. The flavors come together if you let is sit for a couple hours.

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Plus, the only work is really cooking the pasta and mixing the dressing. So, with just a few minutes work you can have this creamy pasta salad on the table tonight!

 

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Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

  10 Servings

Ingredients

For the Dressing:
  • 3/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 3/4 cup Salsa
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning
For the Salad:
  • 1 pound Pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 cup Corn Kernels
  • 1 pint Grape Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 6 ounce can Black Olives, sliced and drained
  • 2 Avocados, diced
  • 4 Green Onions, thinly sliced

Directions

  1. In a bowl whisk together mayo, sour cream, salsa, and taco seasoning until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix together cooked pasta, corn, tomatoes, cheese, olives, avocado and green onions. Add dressing, and mix until everything is evenly coated.
  3. Place in fridge until chilled. 

Notes

  • Can be made the day ahead.

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Author: Erin S.
Recipe Yields: 10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 178
Calories 500

% Daily Value*
34%
Total Fat 22g
37%
  Saturated Fat 7g
44%
Sodium 1053mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate 57g
7%
  Dietary Fiber 6g
  Sugars 4g
27%
Protein 13g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Erin S.

About Erin

Erin is passionate about quick and easy dinners that lead to family togetherness on her blog, Dinners, Dishes & Desserts. How could we not ask her to share that passion as an Easy Dinner fanatic?