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.

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

    Underneath His Wrapping

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

  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/

  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.


  5. I have never had taco pasta but we love tacos so I am sure we would love it!
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  6. Following from Tuesday Tag Along - hope you'll stop by too!

    recipe looks yummy

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

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

  9. Yummy! I'll have to make this!

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

  11. 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

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

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

  14. 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!

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



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