Taco Salad with Pasta for the BBQ

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For dinner, I found several variations of taco salad recipes. Then, I used the ingredients that I had in the house for this version of taco salad.

As always, this was easy, and it would be a great dish for a BBQ.

The best part – the family loved it.


  • Hamburger (1 lb.)
  • Taco Seasoning (1 packet)
  • Tomatoes (Small container to use roughly 1/2 pound)
  • Green Pepper (1/2 – you could use more but I knew the kids may not like them)
  • Rotini Noodles (1 pound box)
  • Salad dressing (Between 1/4 and 1/2 of a bottle)
  • Doritos (Nacho Cheese – 1/4 to 1/2 bag)

To make:

  1. Brown the hamburger and drain. Add the taco seasoning per the directions on the packet.
  2. Boil the water for your noodles (while browning the meat, if possible). Then, add the noodles until done and drain.
  3. Dice the green pepper and cut the tomatoes into quarters. (I only used half of the green pepper because of the kids. Also, feel free to add fewer tomatoes, too.)
  4. Start mixing everything together while waiting for the noodles – including the crumbled Doritos. I used about a quarter of the bag. I saved some so the family could add their own, and it wouldn’t be soggy (and add some crunch).
  5. After draining the noodles, put them into a large bowl and mix everything together. Now, add the dressing. I had Classic Catalina (about a quarter of this family size bottle) and mix well.
  6. Enjoy! The family loved it! I didn’t have shredded cheese or lettuce, and I would have added both if they were on hand. I would consider onions if the kids weren’t eating it, too.

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