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Taco Pasta Salad

Why choose between spices, when a taco can have both the taste of meat and the perfection of pasta? My Taco Macaroni Salad is a delicious flavor fest filled with delicious beef, rich cheese and fresh vegetables – all with a luxurious French dressing.

The Best Taco Pasta Salad

Whoever said salads have to be a snooze-fest hasn’t met this Taco Pasta Salad. I’m talking ground beef so flavorful it practically dances off the plate, harmonizing with pasta in a way you never thought possible.

Imagine diving into a bowl where every mouthful features the comforting taste of home-cooked pasta, the zing of taco seasoning, and the unexpected crunch of Doritos, all enveloped in a creamy French dressing. Yep, you’ll be ditching those ordinary salads and elevating your meal game in no time.

Why You’ll Love This Taco Pasta Salad
  1. Two Worlds, One Dish – This Taco Pasta Salad is the ultimate fusion of your two favorite meals—tacos and pasta. Get the best of both culinary worlds in one irresistible dish.
  2. Fast and Foolproof – Who’s got time for complicated recipes? This dish is your weeknight savior; it’s quick to whip up and even quicker to vanish from plates.
  3. A Flavor Carnival – Forget about subtle; this salad screams flavor. With seasoned beef, tangy dressing, and a burst of cheese, every bite is a celebration.

You’re not gonna believe how easy this Taco Pasta Salad is! Seriously, it’s like the universe conspired to make all your favorite flavors play nicely in one bowl. Let’s get started, shall we?

Pasta Time

First off, let’s get that pasta going. Boil it just like the package says, then drain it and give it a good cold rinse. Trust me, the cold rinse keeps it from getting mushy later.

Beef It Up

While the pasta’s boiling, brown your ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once it’s all crumbly and no longer pink, drain the fat and sprinkle in the taco seasoning. Give it a good stir—you want every bite to scream “fiesta!”

Taco Pasta Salad

My Taco Pasta Salad recipe with Doritos and French dressing is a must try. Loaded with everything you'd want to see on your taco and more, this is a great recipe to serve to guests or even enjoy with your family at the dinner table!
Prep Time 15 days
Cook Time 15 days
Total Time 30 days
Course Salad
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 pound pasta (uncooked, such as penne or shells)
  • 1 cup corn (canned or frozen)
  • 15 ounce black beans (rinsed and drained (1 can))
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup black olives (pitted, sliced)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (or mexican blend, shredded)
  • 1/2 cups French dressing
  • 1 cup doritos (crushed)

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and rinse it well with cold water.
  • Brown and crumble the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drain off the fat and mix in the taco seasoning.
  • Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and toss well until everything is coated with dressing. Serve cold and enjoy!

Notes

  1. Make-Ahead Tip: You can prepare the meat and pasta a day ahead and store them in the fridge. Just assemble and toss with the dressing right before serving.
  2. Vegan/Vegetarian Adaptations: Replace the ground beef with a plant-based alternative and use vegan cheese to make this dish vegan-friendly.
  3. Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. However, it’s best to store the dressing and Doritos separately to maintain texture.
  4. Heat Factor: If you like it spicy, feel free to add some diced jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce to the dressing for that extra kick.
  5. Cheese Options: While cheddar or a Mexican blend is recommended, feel free to experiment with other cheeses like pepper jack for a spicy twist.
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