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Taco Pasta Salad


Switch up Taco Tuesday with this Taco Pasta Salad! Taco meat mixed with pasta and all of your favorite taco toppings!

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  • 1 (16-ounce) package spiral pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, about 8 ounces
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2 (2 1/4-ounce) cans sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 (16-ounce) bottle Catalina or Western salad dressing
  • 1 head lettuce, shredded


Servings 6
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 85mins


Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add water and taco seasoning; simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes.

Rinse pasta in cold water and drain; place in a large bowl.

Add beef mixture, cheese, green pepper, onion, tomato and olives; mix well.

Add the dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Fold in shredded lettuce right before serving to prevent it from wilting. You can also add to individual servings if you choose


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