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Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad

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Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 15 min
  • Servings 4
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Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad

A delicious Mexican-style pasta salad that is thrown together in minutes! Served warm or at room temperature, it’s full of color and flavor.

Ingredients

4
cups cooked (al dente) rotini pasta, hot
1
cup Old El Paso™ Hot Thick 'n Chunky Salsa
1
(4 oz.) Old El Paso™ diced green chiles, drained
1
(4 oz.) can sliced black olives, drained
1
(14 oz.) can Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted tomatoes
1
(14 oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
3/4
cup sweet corn, drained
1/2
cup red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1/4
cup chopped fresh cilantro
2
green onions, sliced

For the dressing:

1/2
cup Italian dressing
1
teaspoon ground cumin
1
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  • 1 Combine the dressing ingredients and set aside.
  • 2 While the pasta is hot, combine all ingredients in large bowl. Pour the dressing over and toss to combine. Serve immediately warm or at room temperature.
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A colorful pasta salad with plenty of bold Mexican flavor.

As prepared by Daring Gourmet,

Could this salad be any easier? Toss it all in a big bowl and done!

A big part of what makes a dish enjoyable is its appearance. You can probably think of some examples of dishes that taste fantastic but just look downright awful (think “slow cooker”). And of course it goes both ways – food can also look gorgeous but lack flavor and taste boring. So ideally, you have both: A dish that tastes good and looks good.

It’s hard to go wrong with this Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad because not only is it packed with a lot of flavor, it’s so colorful and vibrant it makes you want to call your friends over for a fiesta right then and there. Or go outside and barbecue or take it on a picnic! 

The best part about this pasta salad is it’s so quick and easy to put together. And if you serve it cold, you can even make it a day in advance.

 

Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad

You may think that some of these ingredients are redundant (e.g. why do I need diced tomatoes and diced green chilies when the salsa already has both in them?). The answer is simple – we’re after flavor, and as far as I’m concerned, the more the better! Plus, you can’t beat those plump and juicy fire-roasted tomatoes. So get those ingredients in there!

 

Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad

Combine the dressing ingredients and set aside until ready to use.

 

Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad

Combine the hot pasta and all remaining ingredients in a large bowl.

 

Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad

Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and toss to thoroughly coat. 

 

Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad

And that, my friends, is IT. Voila! Your bright and colorful and flavorful Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad is ready to serve!

 

For more delicious Mexican recipes, visit Kimberly’s food blog, The Daring Gourmet.

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Tips  

This pasta is also excellent served cold. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving for best flavor results.

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