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Taco Pasta Salad on a serving plate

Taco Pasta Salad

Taco pasta salad is a crowd-pleasing metropolis of taste that lends a myriad of refreshing flavors and textures to the plate.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword How Do I Make Tacxo Pasta Salad, How To Make Taco Pasta Salad, Taco Pasta Salad, Taco Pasta Salad Recipe
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 12 -15 People
Calories 850kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 3/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 3/4 Cup Milk (Plus More As Needed)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Lime Zest
  • 1/4 Cup Cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Small Jalapeno Pepper, Seeded, Ribs Removed, and Finely Chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoons Black Pepper


  • 1 Pound Spiral Pasta
  • 2 Pounds Ground Beef, 80/20
  • 2 Envelopes Taco Seasoning
  • 3/4 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 3/4 Cup Red Onion, Small Chopped
  • 1 Medium Red Pepper, Small Chopped
  • 1 (16.5 Ounce) Container Grape Tomato,  Cut in Half
  • 1 Cup Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sharp Cheddar, Shredded
  • 1 1/2 Cups Monterrey Jack Cheese, Shredded
  • 1 (14.5 Ounce) Bag Nacho Doritos~Divided, Crushed
  • 2-3 Avocados, Firm But Ripe, Diced


  • 2 Tablespoons Cilantro, Chopped


  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients until well mixed and smooth. Set aside.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions just until al dented. Rinse, drain, and cool.
  • In a large skillet, cook the ground beef until no pink remains. Remove fat, stir in both taco sesonings, and cool.
  • In a large serving bowl, toss together pasta, beef, dressing, red onion, red pepper, tomatoes, and cilantro until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for 4-6 hours, or overnight, for best flavor
  • Just before serving, toss and adjust seasoning. Add more milk (I generally add about 1/4 -1/2 cup), as needed, to loosen dressing. Gently fold in cheeses, 3/4 of the bag of Doritos, and avocado. Pour onto decorative platter and garnished with more of the remaining crushed Doritos and 2 tablespoons of cilantro and serve. serve. Enjoy!


Calories: 850kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 828mg | Potassium: 578mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 20.4mg | Calcium: 272mg | Iron: 2.5mg