July 12, 2010

Recipe of the week -- Taco Pasta Salad

Oh man....I'd hoped to have this up before now. It seems I zonked out in the chair. I'm sure I looked hilarious to anyone that saw. I was sitting in one of those glider rockers....sideways....with my knees up by my chin. Not sure how I got there and boy did I feel the effects of that, but here I am...sort of awake and ready to share.

I really love this salad. It makes a great filling lunch or dinner. It doesn't require much work or heat so it's nice in the summer.


Taco Pasta Salad

2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
1 lb. ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
3 cups shredded lettuce
2 cups halved grape tomatoes
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup Catalina salad dressing
Tortilla chips

Cook pasta according to the package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the taco seasoning; cool.

Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; stir into meat mixture. Add the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions, olives and dressing; toss to coat. Serve with tortilla chips.


I've also substituted kidney beans for the ground beef for a fun salad.

For more great recipes visit Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, What's Cooking Wednesday and Tuesdays at the Table.

15 comments:

  1. I love salad... this one looks total deelish...:)
    thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!!

    Ruth,
    Underneath His Wrapping

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  2. Well I like taco salad, but I think this looks equally as good. Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. YUM! perfect idea for dinner. Thanks for linking up on Fancy Meeting You! Just stopping by to say hello. Rita http://www.one2try.net/

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  4. Fancy Meeting You here, Stephani. So glad you linked up so I could stop over for dinner. You've combined two of my kiddos' favorite foods - pasta and tacos. Thanks for the recipe.

    p.s. I love the look and feel of your blog. Makes me feel right at home. Home Sweet Farm, that is.

    Lynn
    http://www.middayescapades.com

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  5. I have never had taco pasta but we love tacos so I am sure we would love it!
    Be sure to stop by and check out
    Best Chicken Strips Ever

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  6. Following from Tuesday Tag Along - hope you'll stop by too!
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    recipe looks yummy

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  7. Oh my husband would really like that a lot!

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  8. Mmmm...that looks good. I will have to try that.
    Thanks!!

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  9. Hi! I am visiting and following your lovely blog from TTA!! Darling layout and great content!!! Have a beautiful day!

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  10. Hi Stephani, first visit to your cute blog. I love taco salad and never thought to combine it with pasta salad, so I will totally try this. I see that you linked to our two for tuesday recipe blog hop as well, but I dont see a link back to it. Please put in the link so others can join in the fun and thanks! I am now following your blog. Alex@amoderatelife

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  11. Hadn't thought of putting the two ideas together. Thanks so much for sharing and linkin up.

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  12. Love pasta salad and love tacos. Great way to get both.

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  13. My mom made a taco salad very similar when I was growing up - this so takes me back! Thanks for sharing this at Two for Tuesdays!

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  14. YUM! I'm going to try it! :-) Thanks for posting it on my blog via the linky tools! :-)

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