Southwest Taco Pasta Salad

Barbara Kavorkian


I happened to walk into my local grocrey store late one night and ordered a wonderful Taco Salad from the deli. I tried it that night for a quick dinner in a taco wrap and loved it! I emailed them and was not able to get the recipe so this is as close as I could get. Try putting this in a soft tortilla shell with lettuce and some additional shredded cheese for a dinner or lunch or just by itself as a side.


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25 Min


  • 1/2
    (16 ounce) package rotini pasta
  • 1-2
    chicken breast cooked, cooled and cubed (about 1 1/2-2c)
  • 1/4 c
    vegetable oil
  • 1/3 c
    lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    chipolte powder
  • 2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 small
    can, (drained) or 1 1/2 cups whole kernel corn
  • 1
    (15 oz) can dark or light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1
    diced green, red or combo bell pepper
  • 1/2
    red onions. finely chopped
  • 1/2 c
    fresh cilantro leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/2
    (14.5oz) can of diced tomatoes, drained well
  • 1 small
    4 oz can of black olives, drained
  • 1 c
    shredded cheddar cheese or monterey jack

How to Make Southwest Taco Pasta Salad


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, lime juice, chili powders, cumin, salt and garlic. Add chicken and place into the refrigerator to allow to sit while pasta cooks, cans are opened and veggies are chopped.
  2. Cook pasta 8-10 min and drain well. Rinse under cool water to stop cooking process and leave in strainer to completely drain and cool while gathering ingredients.
  3. To the bowl with the chicken, add pasta and toss to coat. Add in olives, corn, kidney beans, green bell pepper and 1/4c of the cilantro. Refrigerate or serve immediately. Add cheese and give a quick stir right before serving. Garnish with remaining 1/4c cilantro right before service. This is best making a day prior and tossing in the cheese and topping with the cilantro at the last minute.
  4. Per 1 cup serving:
    Calories 292
    Total Fat 11.46g
    Saturated Fat 2.8g
    Cholesterol 12mg
    Sodium 275.97mg
    Total Carbohydrate 30.34g
    Dietary Fiber 4.2g
    Sugars 4.24g
    Protein 15.52g

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