Two favorite salads meet in this fun side dish - a taco and pasta salad perfect for parties.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 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 boil. Cook spiral pasta at a boil, stirring occasionally, until cooked through yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes; drain.

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  • 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.

  • Stir beef mixture into pasta; toss lettuce, tomatoes, Cheddar cheese, onion, French dressing, and corn chips into pasta mixture. Top with sour cream.

Nutrition Facts

618 calories; protein 22.8g 46% DV; carbohydrates 46.4g 15% DV; fat 38.4g 59% DV; cholesterol 68.3mg 23% DV; sodium 980.4mg 39% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2012
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 each bowl. This was a great quick dinner and a nice compromise for a mother that's sick of regular taco dinners and kids who can't get enough. I made homemade fry bread to serve with this. I would make this again but I think I would mix the sour cream into the french dressing next time and fold it in with the rest of the salad ingredients. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/01/2016
Family wasn't fond of this too many noodles and the sweetness of French just wasn't good with taco seasoned beef Read More
30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2012
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 each bowl. This was a great quick dinner and a nice compromise for a mother that's sick of regular taco dinners and kids who can't get enough. I made homemade fry bread to serve with this. I would make this again but I think I would mix the sour cream into the french dressing next time and fold it in with the rest of the salad ingredients. Read More
(43)
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2012
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 this warm b/c hubby requested it that way and I really wasn't sure if this was supposed to be warm or cold so... A very nice change from the usual and one that I would make again! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2012
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2014
I used rice instead of beef southwest chipotle dressing instead of French and added jalapeños red bell pepper and olives and this was AMAZING! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2013
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 beauty of this recipe is you can add "extras" if you like: sliced black olives are good and I chopped a handful of cilantro and squeezed fresh lime juice over it to make it to our liking. I garnished it with avocado slices too. The pasta is what makes this taco salad anything but ordinary -- tasty great mix of textures and good fresh meal to serve. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2013
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 part of the corn chips in the recipe and saved some to add to the top of the salad when served. I made 'My Grandmother's French Dressing' from AR for the French dressing the recipe called for. We had a delicious meal that will be repeated. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2018
Only change I made was to skip the lettuce as I was taking it to a picnic...worked out well. I got several requests for the recipe. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2015
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 again. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2013
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 use for work pitch-ins. Read More
(2)
Rating: 3 stars
08/01/2016
Family wasn't fond of this too many noodles and the sweetness of French just wasn't good with taco seasoned beef Read More
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