Easy Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

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This easy taco pasta salad recipe makes an easy one dish meal! Cool pasta with Mexican themed ingredients and finished with a tasty sweet dressing, it’s a perfect summertime family dinner recipe! It’s a great way to use leftover meat and veggies, too!


6 Tbsp. water
1/2 envelope taco seasoning
1/2 lb. cooked hamburger or 1 cup cooked chicken
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 (2 oz.) can sliced black olives
8 oz. rotini or some type of pasta, cooked, drained and rinsed
8 oz. shredded Colby jack cheese or your favorite kind of cheese
1 (8 oz.) bottle Catalina or red French salad dressing*


  1. Combine the taco seasoning and water in a medium skillet.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add the meat, simmering for 5-10 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Set aside to cool while you chop the veggies.
  5. Pour the pasta into a large bowl along with everything else.
  6. Toss everything to coat it with the dressing.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
*This seems like a lot of dressing so you can adjust it and all the ingredients to your own taste. Rotisserie chicken is great for this too.