Taco pasta salad is loaded with flavor where seasoned meat combines with all your favorite taco toppings and a satisfying Dorito crunch, making it a perfect taco flavored side dish or main course.
Prep Time10 minutesmins
Cook Time15 minutesmins
Cool Time10 minutesmins
Total Time35 minutesmins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Keyword: Taco Pasta Salad Recipe
16ouncesrotini pasta(cooked, drained, and cooled)
½headiceberg lettuce,chopped (about 3 to 4 cups)
2green onions (green parts only),sliced
2cupsNacho Cheese Doritos,crushed
Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and run cold water over the pasta. Set aside.
Brown the ground beef over medium-high heat in a medium skillet. When no pink remains, add taco seasoning and water. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and cool.
In a large salad bowl, mix together cooled pasta, cooled taco meat, grated cheese, tomato, lettuce, avocado, cilantro, and green onions.
Pour the French dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
Just before serving, add the crushed Doritos and toss once more.
Taco seasoning can be whipped up easily with some basic spices (chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, pepper, salt, oregano, and paprika) if you don't have a package of seasoning. Some stores also carry larger containers of taco seasoning rather than small packets to keep on hand.
Rinsing your pasta under cold water will cool it down and prevent it from sticking.
Use pre-shredded cheese and lettuce to save time when putting together this dish.
To crush the chips quickly and mess-free, throw them in a Ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.