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Mexican Pasta Salad Recipe

Mexican Pasta Salad Recipe

We often think of pasta salad as a summertime food but really, it’s a great side dish for nearly any meal all year long. Actually, toss some protein in there and you’ve got a great one-dish main too! This Mexican Pasta Salad Recipe is a twist on the classic that’s going to be a big hit with any Mexican food fans.

With the addition of corn, beans, and avocado, this is a hearty, filling addition to your dinner menu. Simple and inexpensive, even when serving a crowd, this is a perfect salad to take along to a potluck.

MEXICAN PASTA SALAD RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 1 lb shell pasta – or any other pasta of your choice
  • 15 oz can black beans – rinse and drained
  • 1 ½ cups cooked corn
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups medium salsa
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 2 avocados – diced
  • 1 bunch of cilantro

Instructions:

preparing the pasta for Mexican Pasta Salad

Start by cooking the entire pound of pasta to al dente, according to instructions on box.  Drain and rinse with cold water. Allow the pasta to fully cool before assembling the dish.

assembling ingredients for mexican pasta salad recipe

In a large bowl, combine the pasta, beans, ¼ cup of the cilantro, corn, tomatoes and salsa. Toss together carefully.

making dressing for mexican pasta salad

In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, taco seasoning, garlic and olive oil. Pour the mixture over the pasta and toss to coat.

Mexican Pasta Salad Side Dish Recipe

Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving, for best taste. When ready to serve, toss in the cheese and top with the avocado and a little bit of cilantro for presentation. 

Mexican Pasta Salad is a hearty delicious side dish

This can be served as is, or feel free to add some crushed up tortilla chips or sour cream. Enjoy!

Mexican Pasta Salad Recipe

Mexican Pasta Salad Recipe

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 22 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

This Mexican Pasta Salad Recipe is a twist on the classic that's going to be a big hit with friends and family! Hearty and inexpensive, it's perfect for potlucks.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb shell pasta – or any other pasta of your choice
  • 15 oz can black beans – rinse and drained
  • 1 ½ cups cooked corn
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups medium salsa
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 2 avocados - diced
  • 1 bunch of cilantro

Instructions

1. Start by cooking the entire pound of pasta to al dente, according to instructions on box. Drain and rinse with cold water. Allow the pasta to fully cool before
assembling the dish.

2. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, beans, ¼ cup of the cilantro, corn, tomatoes and salsa. Toss together carefully.

3. In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, taco seasoning, garlic and olive oil. Pour the mixture over the pasta and toss to coat.

4. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving, for best taste. When ready to serve, toss in the cheese and top with the avocado and a little bit of cilantro for presentation. 

Notes

This can be served as is, or feel free to add some crushed up tortilla chips or sour
cream. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 620mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 9gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g

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