Taco Pasta Salad

Taco Pasta Salad – EASY, ready in 20 minutes, and loaded with great Mexican-inspired ingredients including corn, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, and more!! Perfect for picnics, parties, and potlucks!!

Taco Pasta Salad - EASY, ready in 20 minutes, and loaded with great Mexican-inspired ingredients including corn, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, and more!! Perfect for picnics, parties, and potlucks!!

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Taco Pasta Salad - EASY, ready in 20 minutes, and loaded with great Mexican-inspired ingredients including corn, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, and more!! Perfect for picnics, parties, and potlucks!!

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It makes a large batch to feed your hungry family members, friends, and neighbors. It’s accidentally vegetarian and my daughter said it’s one of the best things I’ve made in ages. Simple ingredients that deliver big time results and flavor.

Taco Pasta Salad - EASY, ready in 20 minutes, and loaded with great Mexican-inspired ingredients including corn, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, and more!! Perfect for picnics, parties, and potlucks!!

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Taco Pasta Salad - EASY, ready in 20 minutes, and loaded with great Mexican-inspired ingredients including corn, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, and more!! Perfect for picnics, parties, and potlucks!!

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Taco Pasta Salad - EASY, ready in 20 minutes, and loaded with great Mexican-inspired ingredients including corn, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, and more!! Perfect for picnics, parties, and potlucks!!

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Taco Pasta Salad - EASY, ready in 20 minutes, and loaded with great Mexican-inspired ingredients including corn, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, and more!! Perfect for picnics, parties, and potlucks!!

Taco Pasta Salad

This easy pasta salad is ready in 20 minutes and loaded with so many layers of Mexican-inspired flavors including tender pasta, black beans, juicy corn and tomatoes, creamy avocado, cilantro, green onions, and more. Everything is tossed in limey, taco seasoning-based vinaigrette. It makes a huge batch to feed your hungry family members, friends, and neighbors. Great for parties, picnics, and potlucks.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 pound pasta, cooked according to package directions (small shells, rotini, bowtie, etc.)
  • one 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed (I used no-salt added)
  • 2 cups Mexican shredded cheese blend
  • about 1 1/2 cups sliced cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely minced
  • 1 or 2 medium/large Hass avocados, peeled and diced small
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup Santa Cruz Organic Lime Juice®
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup honey or agave
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning (I use reduced-salt, medium heat)
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced or finely pressed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • Santa Cruz Organic® Lemonades, Agua Frescas, and Carbonated Lemonades for serving

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a very large bowl.
  2. Add the black beans, cheese (note – if you don’t want the cheese to melt, make sure the pasta has cooled before adding the cheese), tomatoes, corn, green onions, cilantro, and stir to combine. Add the avocado and stir gently to combine.
  3. To a medium bowl, add the olive oil, lime juice, honey, taco seasoning, garlic, salt, pepper, and whisk to combine.
  4. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the pasta bowl, stir well to combine, taste, and check for seasoning balance. Add more salt, pepper, lime juice, honey, cilantro, etc. if desired. Serve with Santa Cruz Organic beverages. Pasta salad will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 4 days, noting the avocado will oxidize as time passes.
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18 comments on “Taco Pasta Salad”

  1. This looks like it is full of flavor! I love the taco seasoning in the vinaigrette and I know I ‘d make extra to have on hand for other salads later. Our office is receiving all kinds of tomatoes right now and I have a nice assortment of red and yellow cherry tomatoes that would be perfect in this!

    • I wish I was receiving all sorts of tomatoes! That would be my kind of office :) The vinaigrette is so tasty with the taco seasoning and this makes a big batch, perfect for parties or planned leftovers!

  2. All of my favorite foods! And I have Sungold tomatoes in my garden! Great looking recipe, thanks. Pinned.

  3. The taco pasta salad looks amazing!! And I regularly buy Santa Cruz fruit juices!!

  4. Finally a recipe eithout French Dressing! Looks great!

  5. This looks like a tasty and simple dish. Yummy! As my summer winds down and winter starts to creep into my mind… so does a trip to San Diego!

  6. I must try this ASAP….looks delicious.
    I’m not experienced in “taco seasoning”….I tend to buy my tacos at Taco Bell (don’t judge me.) Anyway, is this amount like a package of taco seasoning for one pound hamburger meat? Or, do you buy a jar of it? Please teach me. Thank you.

  7. This would literally be my heaven; marrying my two favorite dinners!

  8. hey girl- this salad looks so yummy!

  9. what a delicious way to use some of my garden tomatoes, this is SO gorgeous Averie

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