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Taco Pasta Salad


"Two favorite salads meet in this fun side dish - a taco and pasta salad perfect for parties."
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40 m servings 618 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Calories:
  • 618 kcal
  • 31%
  • Fat:
  • 38.4 g
  • 59%
  • Carbs:
  • 46.4g
  • 15%
  • Protein:
  • 22.8 g
  • 46%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 68 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 980 mg
  • 39%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spiral pasta at a boil, stirring occasionally, until cooked through yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes; drain.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in ground beef. Cook and stir until beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir taco seasoning into beef mixture; cool.
  3. Stir beef mixture into pasta; toss lettuce, tomatoes, Cheddar cheese, onion, French dressing, and corn chips into pasta mixture. Top with sour cream.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

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  1. 27 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

I used ground turkey and homemade taco seasoning in this pasta salad. I chose not to toss the corn chips into the whole bowl of pasta salad. As I served it, I sprinkled Chili-Cheese Fritos over ...

Most helpful critical review

Family wasn't fond of this too many noodles and the sweetness of French just wasn't good with taco seasoned beef

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I used ground turkey and homemade taco seasoning in this pasta salad. I chose not to toss the corn chips into the whole bowl of pasta salad. As I served it, I sprinkled Chili-Cheese Fritos over ...

YUM! I had to use more dressing than called for (I used Catalina, b/c I had it here), and served the corn chips on top instead of mixing them in b/c I didn't want them to get mushy. I served thi...

I have been making this for at least 25 years! My family loves this. Great on a hot summer day. Now all my adult kids make it too.

I used rice instead of beef, southwest chipotle dressing instead of French, and added jalapeños, red bell pepper, and olives and this was AMAZING!

Family loved the uniqueness of this taco salad having pasta with it. I always have taco meat made ahead and froze in 1 lb. packages for quick meals. It came in handy with this recipe. I mixed...

I made a lower fat version that my family loved! We used lean ground beef, reduced fat sour cream, lite french dressing, and lower fat cheese, and substituted tortilla chips for corn chips. The ...

Used ground turkey, Chicken Taco seasoning packet & added sweet corn kernels. Also added sliced black olives. Forgot the corn chips and didn't miss them. It was so good! Will definitely make ...

Made with ground turkey and couldn't tell the difference (well, definitely less grease when cooking up). Use the scoop-able sized corn chips and serve chips on side. Great salad option that I'll...

This was awesome!!!! We threw in some grilled onions and peppers as well and added more French salad dressing and it was delicious! We just need to make sure and double the recipe next time beca...