Taco Pasta Salad

Taco Pasta Salad
Taco Pasta Salad

Taco Pasta Salad

Taco Pasta Salad with Doritos puts a zesty twist on regular pasta salad! Made with Mexican spices, ground beef, and fresh veggies, it’s tossed in creamy chipotle dressing and topped with cheesy tortilla chips!

Ingredients
  1. 1 lb spiral pasta like cavatappi or rotini
  2. 1 lb ground beef
  3. 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  4. 8 ounces Habanero Cheddar cheese or other cheddar cheese cubed
  5. 1 red bell pepper diced
  6. 1/2 red onion diced
  7. 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes halved
  8. 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro minced
  9. 1 (14.5 oz.) can black beans drained and rinsed
  10. 1 lime juiced
  11. 1 jalapeno pepper minced and optional
  12. 16 ounces Southwest Chipotle Dressing see notes
  13. 4 cups Spicy or Nacho Doritos lightly crushed
  14. 3 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente, drain and add to a large bowl.
  2. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through, drain excess oil. Add the ground beef to the pasta. I recommend prepping your cheese and veggies while your pasta and beef cook.
  3. Stir in the taco seasonings and mix with the beef and pasta until evenly coated.
  4. Add in the cheese, pepper, onion, tomatoes, cilantro, black beans, lime juice, and jalapeno pepper (if using) and toss to combine.
  5. Add in the dressing and toss to coat the salad evenly. I recommend making the pasta salad at least 2 hours before you want to serve it and chilling it the fridge so the flavor can build.
  6. Add the shredded lettuce and crushed Doritos as close to serving as possible so they don't get soggy.