Taco Pasta & Chip Salad

 
 
Taco Pasta Chip Salad 
Tacos are one of our favorite meals. They’re an all-in-one meal. You can’t beat tacos. Or can you? This pasta salad gets just as many stars here at our house, and it’s great for potlucks because it goes a long way. When making it for a potluck, I’ll double the recipe, but be prepared – you’re going to need a BIG bowl and some big appetites. Both of which are easy to find in my house. You in? I thought so. Let’s get this party started!
 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rotini noodles
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Taco seasoning mix (I used the Ortega 1.25 oz. package)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (just depends on how much you like cheese)
  • 3 cups chopped lettuce (I like to use chopped instead of shredded because it gives even more crunch to the salad)
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup Catalina salad dressing
  • 1 (7 oz.) bag of Fritos
  • Sour cream (optional topping for serving)
Instructions:
  1. Brown your ground beef until crumbly and no longer pink. Drain the grease and then pour back into the pan. Stir the taco seasoning into the beef mixture and place in the refrigerator to cool. Sometimes I even place it in the freezer if I’m in a hurry.
  2. While the beef cools, boil your noodles in salted water until al dente. I taste test instead of using timers for noodles. Who likes a soggy noodle? Anyone? Anyone? I didn’t think so.
  3. Drain the noodles and run some cool water over them in the strainer. Pour the noodles into a larger bowl.
  4. Now add your beef mixture to the noodles. Toss the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onion, Catalina (or French) dressing and chips into the pasta mixture. Get your muscles out, people. This step is not for wimps. Make sure it all gets mixed well and top with a few extra chips and some sour cream if you’d like.
 
Taco Chip Pasta Salad 
 
If you’re taking this to a potluck I would suggest mixing in everything except the cheese, lettuce and dressing. I usually take the cheese and lettuce in baggies and mix it all right before we’re ready to eat. Everything looks and tastes fresh and crunchy. If you’re wondering what to serve for your next meal, whip up this salad. Your family will love you for it!
Taco Chip Pasta Salad
 

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