Myrna found this recipe on the cover of a small Taste of Home Side Dish special interest publication; we both thought it looked like something our families would like. I thought it would be perfect to use with my home canned hamburger mix; and I also made our homemade Catalina Dressing and Taco Seasoning mix…it was a winner! It took just minutes to stir up the dressing and combine the seasonings while the pasta cooked.
Simple, tasty, I didn’t have to buy anything special, and it could be made without thawing meat if needed. I didn’t have tortilla chips, but I made some homemade cornbread muffins – we’ll have this again! Of course, make this faster by using purchased dressing and seasoning mix.
Taco Pasta Salad
2 cups uncooked spiral pasta -- 8 ounces
2 pints hamburger mix
1 envelope taco seasoning
3 cups shredded lettuce
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese -- (4 ounces)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup Catalina salad dressing
Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat hamburger mix; drain. (Or in a large skillet, cook 1 pound of ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.)
Stir in the taco seasoning; cool.
Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; stir into meat mixture. Add the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onion, green pepper and dressing; toss to coat. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: 6 – 8 servings.
4 tablespoons salad oil
8 teaspoons Sugar
4 teaspoons vinegar
4 teaspoons ketchup
1/6 teaspoon garlic salt
Stir together, let set until sugar dissolves. Stir or shake before adding to salad.
Taco Seasoning Mix
2 Teaspoons Instant Minced Onion
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cornstarch
1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Dried Red Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Instant Minced Garlic
1/4 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
Combine. Comparable to 1 package seasoning mix.