I’m excited to share this Southwest Pasta Salad filled with cheese tortellini, and fresh ingredients. It’s creamy and a Potluck Favorite Recipe.

Southwest Tortellini Pasta Salad

Summers are a busy time for neighborhood BBQ’s, Family Reunions, and fun with the family which is why we have our Favorite Potluck Salad Recipes for you to enjoy!

Southwestern Pasta Salad is an easy cold Potluck Salad Recipe to make. It’s perfect to make ahead and bring to an event, or enjoy as a family when you grill.

Southwest Tortellini Pasta Salad

What is Southwest Pasta Salad?

Southwest Pasta Salad is a cold Pasta Salad made with Cheese Tortellini. It has a creamy spicy dressing for a real southwestern salad taste.

Cheese Tortellini and Tomato, Onion, Bell Pepper, Cilantro, Avocado

What’s in Southwest Pasta Salad?

  • Cheese Tortellini
  • Sweet Corn
  • Black Beans
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Red Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado
  • Southwestern Dressing

How many will Southwest Pasta Salad feed?

I love to take this recipe to Potluck BBQ’s or Family Reunions. This recipe serves 6-8 as a side dish and is a crowd pleaser.

Pressure Cooker Cheese Tortellini

How to cook pasta in the Instant Pot?

Cooking Pasta in the Pressure Cooker is easy. For this recipe use a frozen package of Cheese Tortellini. Add 3 cups water or Chicken Broth and set to Manual (Pressure Cook) High for 1 minute with a 2 minute natural release.

Quick Release the remaining pressure and rinse and drain pasta under cool water and allow to chill in the Refrigerator for 30 minutes.

How to Cook Pasta on the Stove?

Fill a stock pot with water over high heat on the stove until it reaches a boil. Add frozen Cheese Tortellini and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes.

Pasta should float to the top. Rinse and drain pasta under cool water and chill in Refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Southwest Pasta Salad Ingredients in a bowl

Let’s Make Southwestern Tortellini Pasta Salad

I prefer to cook my pasta using the Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker using Chicken Broth. I love the extra flavor the Chicken Broth gives when making pasta in the Instant Pot.

Then I rinse and drain my tortellini and allow to chill.

Southwest Pasta Salad with Dressing on top

While the pasta is cooking I dice the red onion, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and avocado.

I rinse and drain the corn and black beans and add them to the veggies. When the pasta is chilled, I toss in the pasta with the other ingredients.

Southwest Pasta Salad in bowl

The dressing is made up of Ranch Dressing, Italian Dressing with Chili Powder and Cumin. Trust me. It’s great and perfect on this Pasta Salad Recipe.

Toss everything together and you are ready to eat!

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Southwest Pasta Salad

The BEST Southwest Tortellini Pasta Salad made with a creamy Southwest Dressing and packed full of fresh tomatoes, avocado, onion, cilantro, bell pepper and sweet corn and black beans. A true favorite Potluck Salad Recipe
Cook Time1 min
Additional Time29 mins
Total Time30 mins
Devour Dinner
Course: Neighborhood Favorite Pot Luck Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 -8 Servings
Calories: 357kcal
Author: Devour Dinner


  • 1 pkg 19oz 3 Cheese Frozen Tortellini
  • 3 Cup Chicken Broth or Water
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Red Onion
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 Cup Corn
  • 1 Cup Black Beans
  • 1 whole Avocado diced
  • 2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes Sliced

Southwest Dressing

  • 1/2 Cup Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 Cup Italian Dressing
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Cumin


  • Place Frozen Cheese Tortellini in Pressure Cooker with 3 Cup Chicken Broth OR Water
  • Set to Manual (Pressure Cook) High for 1 minute. 2 minute Natural Release and Quick Release the remaining pressure.
  • Rinse and drain pasta under cool water and place in Refrigerator for 30 minutes
  • Dice Cilantro, Red Onion and Bell Pepper and set aside
  • Slice Cherry Tomatoes in half and set aside
  • Rinse and drain corn and black beans
  • In a large bowl add chilled pasta, cilantro, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, avocado, corn and black beans. Toss to combine
  • In a separate bowl combine Southwest Dressing and stir
  • Pour dressing over pasta and toss.
  • Serve cold. Store in Refrigerator


Optional ~ Add 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese. It's delicious!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 1003mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g
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