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Taco Pasta Salad

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 25 min
  • Yield: Serves 4-12 1x


Creamy taco pasta salad made with pasta, hamburger, chopped vegetables, and a creamy, taco-inspired dressing to bring it all together. Bonus: It's done in about 20 minutes! It's simply the best family-friendly pasta salad recipe!


  • 2 cups small dry pasta (about 8 ounces)
  • ½ pound hamburger
  • ½ cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • ½ cup sliced black olives
  • ½ cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 cup cubed cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions until it is cooked al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. While the pasta cooks, in a small skillet cook the hamburger over medium-high heat until the meat is cooked through and no longer pink. Drain extra grease and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and salt. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the pasta to a medium mixing bowl. Add the cooked hamburger, bell pepper, olives, tomato, red onion, and the cheddar cheese. Add the mayonnaise mixture.
  5. Stir everything together until it is all well-coated. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve right away.


To make this meatless sub the hamburger for a drained and rinsed can of black or pinto beans.

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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