Your family and friends will love this zesty pasta salad. A surprising change from traditional pasta salads. Ole!

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil; cook the rotini in the boiling water until the pasta is cooked through yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain. Rinse under cold running water until completely cooled; drain thoroughly.

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  • Whisk the salsa, mayonnaise, sour cream, black beans, Mexican-style corn, red bell pepper, green onions, black olives, garlic powder, cumin, cilantro, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl; add the cooled pasta and stir to coat evenly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight before serving.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

272.4 calories; 6.5 g protein; 31.6 g carbohydrates; 8.4 mg cholesterol; 615.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2010
Wow this was fantastic! I made it for a BBQ last night as I thought it would be something unexpected and less likely to be duplicated. I was right! I like to make a new recipe exactly as it's written to give an accurate review but I did use fat free sour cream and light mayo (I'm trying to drop a few pounds) and it was so creamy you wouldn't have guessed it was healthy. There was just the right amount of wet ingredients so it wasn't dry and there were so many textures with the olives and corn and beans! My taste test turned into a bowl of it before the BBQ and everyone raved about it. I am making this again next week for another BBQ and I will try not to eat it all before hand! Thanks so much for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/14/2010
This pasta salad did not turn out well but I was able to save it by doing the following: 4x the amount of spices listed 2 tsp chili powder 1 tsp each taco seasoning salt and pepper 1 whole red and green pepper one whole red onion 1 tsp Sriracha hot sauce. After I made the "sauce" mixture of spices mayo and sour cream I only used half as even with all the additional veggies half the sauce mixture was PLENTY. Also I used 1 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup mayo (instead of the other way around as the recipe said TOO much mayo). Will NOT make again. Read More
(7)
58 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2010
Wow this was fantastic! I made it for a BBQ last night as I thought it would be something unexpected and less likely to be duplicated. I was right! I like to make a new recipe exactly as it's written to give an accurate review but I did use fat free sour cream and light mayo (I'm trying to drop a few pounds) and it was so creamy you wouldn't have guessed it was healthy. There was just the right amount of wet ingredients so it wasn't dry and there were so many textures with the olives and corn and beans! My taste test turned into a bowl of it before the BBQ and everyone raved about it. I am making this again next week for another BBQ and I will try not to eat it all before hand! Thanks so much for the recipe! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2010
What a pretty pretty dish. I doubled it and loved it. I think my guest will really like it tomorrow for our taco dinner. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2010
WOW! This pasta salad is great! Served it for Father's Day and it was well received. What a welcome change from regular pasta salads. As people tasted it you could see the look of surprise on their faces... no one expected a pasta salad with zip and a lot of people went back for seconds. The medium salsa was perfect for most tastes I don't think I would use a hot salsa. Wish I had doubled the recipe because I love this salad and would have liked to have leftovers for myself and to send home with others... lol Several people asked for the recipe; always a good feeling when you're cooking for others. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2011
Thank you for trying my recipe and for your reviews. The salad is somewhat soupy at first; when I submitted this recipe I believe I stated "best when made a day ahead to allow flavors to blend). The macaroni will absorb some of the dressing and will no longer be soupy. When I create a recipe I try to take into consideration who will be eating the food. This recipe as written is intended for the majority of people with average tolerance for spicy/seasoned food. Not everyone can tolerate highly spiced/seasoned food; for those who can they can easily add additional spices and seasonings to suit their taste. I always encourage others to add or omit ingredients to a recipe to suit their individual tastes. Get creative that s what makes cooking fun!:-) UPDATE: I just realized I listed the wrong sized can of sliced Black Olives... it should be a 4.25 oz can not the 6oz can. I notified Allrecipes about the error and they have corrected the recipe sorry for the error. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2010
I coordinated a Mexican / Southwest themed tailgate party and made this salad. The only change I made was omitting the olives. It was easy to make and very good! I might add a little more "spice" the next time I make it. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/13/2010
This pasta salad did not turn out well but I was able to save it by doing the following: 4x the amount of spices listed 2 tsp chili powder 1 tsp each taco seasoning salt and pepper 1 whole red and green pepper one whole red onion 1 tsp Sriracha hot sauce. After I made the "sauce" mixture of spices mayo and sour cream I only used half as even with all the additional veggies half the sauce mixture was PLENTY. Also I used 1 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup mayo (instead of the other way around as the recipe said TOO much mayo). Will NOT make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2010
Made this one exactly as recipe says minus olives and it is SOOOOOO good. The family loves it It is a keeper! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2010
All I can say is FABULOUS! I did not have cilantro and added maybe only 1/2 the olives. Just a pinch of cayenne. Not a waist watchers but so yummy! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/07/2010
I made this exactly as directed. After it was finished I decided it needed more red bell pepper more onion and more cilantro. It did not turn out as well as the other reviews said it would. Will not make this again. Read More
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