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Taco Pasta Salad Recipe-30 Minutes Or Less

Taco Pasta Salad combines two beloved favorites - tacos and pasta salad- to create the ultimate summertime dish in 30 minutes or less. Taco Pasta Salad is perfect for a quick meal or pleasing a crowd at a summer BBQ.

This is a must-try taco pasta salad recipe bursting with flavor. Packed with all your favorite taco ingredients. Topped with a special sauce and Doritos it’s a delicious and easy summertime meal in 30 minutes or less.

Summer is about spending time outdoors, soaking up the sun, and enjoying delicious food with friends and family. One dish that never fails to impress at a BBQ or picnic is taco pasta salad. This delightful fusion of Mexican flavors and classic pasta salad ingredients is sure to be a hit at your next gathering. In this blog post, we'll explore this irresistible taco pasta salad recipe and the endless mix in possibilities.

I love this taco pasta salad recipe not just for its delicious taste but also for its ability to satisfy a crowd. While you could halve the recipe, I highly advise against it since you'll crave leftovers. For your summer gatherings, check out this chilled salad bowl these chilled salad bowls are great at keeping food cold in the summer heat. Using these chilled serving bowls outdoors brings me peace of mind, especially when serving salads with mayonnaise or sour cream.

Why Taco Pasta Salad?

Taco pasta salad combines the best of both worlds - the zesty, spicy flavors of tacos with the cool, refreshing elements of pasta salad. It's a versatile dish that can be customized to suit your taste preferences, whether you prefer it mild or with an extra kick of heat. Plus, it's easy to make in large batches, making it perfect for feeding a crowd at summer gatherings.

Taco Pasta Salsa Mix-In Ideas

-Black Olives


-Chili peppers



-Rotelle tomatoes

-Salsa- homemade salsa recipe HERE

-Black beans or chickpeas for a vegetarian option


Mix the French dressing and sour cream separately in a bowl. This mixture will serve as the dressing to pour over the taco pasta salad.

Mix 1 cup of French dressing with 1/2 cup of sour cream until smooth for the taco pasta salad dressing. Set aside. Once all the other ingredients are combined, thoroughly toss the pasta salad with this flavorful dressing mixture.


1 lb ground beef (cooked)

1 box rotini pasta (bow tie pasta will work too)

1 diced avocado

1 packet of taco seasoning

½ sweet pepper diced

3-4 chopped green onions

1 pint cherry tomatoes (halved)

2 cups shredded cheese

Shredded lettuce to your liking

1 cup French dressing

1/2 cup sour cream

As many Doritos as you want crushed or whole. We love Doritos so I used about half of a bag. I broke some up into small pieces to mix into the taco pasta salad and then the rest I left whole as a side.


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside to cool.

  2. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until browned and cooked through. Drain any excess fat then add the taco seasoning and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

  3. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of French dressing with 1/2 cup of sour cream. Mix until smooth, then set aside.

  4. Mix all the remaining ingredients, then thoroughly combine the pasta salad with the dressing mixture.

  5. Top with Doritos and serve the taco pasta salad cold or at room temperature and Enjoy!

  6. This taco pasta salad recipe is ideal for summer get-together or a quick meal. Pair it with a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade. Find my homemade lemonade recipe HERE!

Explore Lia Rose Simply Home's collection of other delightful summer recipes like this simple and delicious chicken salad recipe, perfect for utilizing leftover chicken. Kids and adults love this homemade strawberry yogurt Popsicle recipe and our homemade creamsicle recipe is a dream. Click the colored text to go to the recipes.

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