On the lookout for the Perfect Pot Luck Salad? I’ve got you covered with this Taco Pasta Salad. This Pasta Salad has a creamy zesty sauce over pasta with your favorite Taco add ins like Tomatoes, Onions, Olives, Avocado, and of course Cheese!

Instant Pot Taco Pasta Salad

Serves 6 | Ready in 90 minutes | Perfect Side Dish | 6Qt Instant Pot

If I could BBQ and attend Pot Lucks all summer I would! I’m always on the look out for the perfect Pot Luck Salad or Side Dish. You know what I’m talking about. The salad or Side Dish that everyone wants to eat. The one where the person made it and now feels like a million bucks because everyone want the recipe.

Taco Pasta Salad

Those are the side dishes that I go for at Pot Lucks! Taco Pasta Salad, is so good with it’s creamy zesty sauce and all your favorite Taco add-ins like Avocado, Olives, Tomatoes, Cheese and whatever else you can think of to add to it.

Taco Pasta Salad

What is Taco Pasta Salad

Taco Pasta Salad is a cold pasta salad served as a side dish. However, throw some shredded chicken or cooked hamburger into this recipe and you have a meal!

How to Cook Taco Pasta Salad

I prefer to cook my pasta in the Instant Pot. I use chicken broth for the liquid and the added flavors are infused into the noodles. It’s delicious. Add 1lb pasta with 5 cups of Chicken Broth. Set to Manual (Pressure Cook) for 4 minutes with a 3 minute natural release.

Taco Pasta Salad
Taco Pasta Salad

Where Pasta Originated

A little fun fact: Although we like to think that Pasta came from Italy, it’s likely that pasta came from Asian Noodles. A common belief about pasta is that is was brought to Italy from China by Marco Polo.

What makes Taco Pasta Creamy?

The Secret is in the Sauce! haha… Do you know what movie that is from? 😉 The creamy zesty sauce is made up from Salsa, Taco Seasonings, and Sour Cream mixed together and tossed over the pasta and toppings for the perfect Taco Pasta Salad.

Taco Pasta Salad

Are Pasta Salads Healthy?

There are so many different kinds of Pasta Salads, it’s difficult to group them all into one. However, generally traditional recipes do come in at about 500 calories or more per serving.

If you think this recipe is great, try our Fiesta Chicken Pasta Casserole. It’s a meal all by itself or this wonderful Enchilada Meatball Pasta Casserole. Both are Family Favorites!

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Yield: 4 Servings

Taco Pasta Salad

Taco Pasta Salad

Taco Pasta Salad, a perfect Pot Luck Pasta dish with Zesty

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 32 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8oz Macaroni Pasta
  • 3 Cups Water or Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Salsa
  • 1/3 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tbs Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup Kidney Beans
  • 1 Bunch Green Onions
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 12-15 Cherry Tomatoes Sliced in half
  • 1/2-3/4 Cup Cheese

Instructions

  1. Place Pasta and Water or Broth in Instant Pot
  2. Close Lid and set to Manual (Pressure Cook) High for 3 minutes with a 3 minute Natural Release
  3. Drain excess liquid and rinse under cold water until cool.
  4. Place Noodles in refrigerator for 20 mins
  5. Slice Cherry Tomatoes in half and set aside
  6. Rinse Kidney Beans and set aside
  7. Dice bunch of Green Onions
  8. Mix Sliced Cherry Tomatoes, Kidney Beans, Green Onions and Sliced Avocado into cold Noodles
  9. Add Taco Seasoning and Mix to combine
  10. Add Sour Cream and Salsa and Mix to combine
  11. Store in Refrigerator. Can be served immediately

Notes

Cook Pasta with Water or Chicken Broth. I prefer Chicken Broth when using the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker as it infuses flavor into the noodle.

Stove Top Directions:

Cook pasta according to package direction and omit the water or chicken broth from above. Follow the recipe as above.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 371 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 50mg Sodium: 884mg Carbohydrates: 32g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 5g Protein: 16g
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