Taco Pasta Salad

Turn your tailgate into a fiesta, when you serve this kicked up pasta salad. All the flavors you love most about Mexican food come together as an awesome taco pasta salad side dish.

Recipe Stats

Total Time: 1 hour,  40 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 10

  • 1 (16 oz) package spiral pasta
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 cans (2.25 oz each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 can (15.25 oz) canned corn
  • 1 bottle (16 oz) Catalina salad dressing
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink; drain excess grease.
  3. In the same skillet, add water and taco seasoning to the beef; simmer (uncovered) for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water; place in a large bowl.
  5. Add beef mixture, cheese, green pepper, onion, tomato, corn, and olives; mix well.
  6. Add the dressing and toss to coat.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.