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Tex Mex Pasta Salad

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This Tex Mex Pasta Salad is quick to whip together and hearty enough for a main dish, side dish or lunch.  Perfect for a picnic or potluck dish that everyone will love!


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The other week I needed a break from cooking.

I’d made several large meals that week, since we enjoy inviting others over to dinner regularly and I was beat.

I didn’t want to do more dishes or make my kitchen into a bigger mess and decided that I was going to take it easy and make this Tex Mex Pasta Salad for dinner.


Tex Mex Pasta Salad


I took what I had around the house, whipped up a dressing, and gave it a shot.

The problem was that I suspected that my husband wasn’t going to like it.

And I did NOT want to get stuck with a huge pile of pasta salad to eat by myself.

So in typical Janelle fashion, I called up my In-laws and invited them over for a low key casual meal as well as a friend, who isn’t picky about food and tested this recipe on them.

Those are the best kind of friends!


Tex Mex Pasta Salad


I ended up making this Tex Mex Pasta salad earlier in the day and then tossed it in the fridge.

That way when everyone showed up it was already ready to eat.

Now that is my kind of meal.

One that doesn’t take a lot of prep work and is quick to serve!

As expected my husband thought it was just ok.

He’s not a pasta salad fan and thinks I make Mexican style dishes waaaay to often.


Tex Mex Pasta Salad


I’m personally a huge fan of Mexican style dishes as they are easy to whip together quickly!

Despite my husband not being a huge fan (he didn’t dislike it, he just didn’t love it) all of us women LOVED THIS.

So much so we all ate it again a few days later for lunch!

I especially love that this is not a heavy meal.

It’s filling with the black beans and the chicken and offers some veggies and flavor!


Tex Mex Pasta Salad


This Tex Mex Pasta Salad would make a great pot luck dish, picnic dish or even a great dish for a baby shower or bridal shower.

It doesn’t require the host to slave away in the kitchen all day and allows them to join in with the party!

If you love pasta salad, give this one a try.  I think you’ll like it as much as we did!

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Yield: 8 Servings

Tex Mex Pasta Salad

Tex Mex Pasta Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 12 ounces Rotoni Pasta, cooked & drained
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
  • 1 (10 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes, mild
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can corn
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing - creamy or regular
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup cooked, diced chicken - Rotisserie chicken works well.


Mix cooked pasta, green pepper, black beans, tomatoes and corn.
In a separate bowl combine Italian dressing, Chili powder, Mayonnaise and cumin. Mix well.
Pour sauce over pasta and mix well.
Add chicken, mix and serve immediately or refrigerate.


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Sunday 30th of April 2023

I made this for lunches this week - delicious. I like pasta salads like this because they make a nice big batch and I can serve them straight from the fridge for several days. No work! This was delicious and easy to make. I left the chicken out to make it vegetarian.

Claudia Lamascolo

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

I love this recipe especially with the addition of chicken, its one we make often and a sure keeper! thanks


Saturday 22nd of August 2020

Great suggestion with the chicken! An easy way to turn this from a side dish to a main dish!

Wednesday 15th of February 2017

The one little technique that takes this salad from great to WOW is tossing some of the dressing with the pasta before it s totally cooled. I drain the pasta, rinse it in cold water for about 30 seconds and then toss it with a few tablespoons of the prepared dressing. This lets the dressing


Monday 6th of March 2017

Great idea! Thank you so much for your tip!

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