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    Southwestern Pasta Salad

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    25 mins

    15 mins

    10 mins

    Spankie's Note:

    I have no clue where I found the basic dressing for this salad, but I'm sure it's somewhere on the internet. This recipe is very versatile - just add the ingredients you like and leave out the ones you don't. It can be a side dish, a main dish, or makes an impressive offering at picnics or pot lucks. This is one recipe you can truly make your own.

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    Ingredients:

    Servings:

    Units: US | Metric

    • 1 lb your favorite pasta, cooked, drained and cooled (I use Barilla Plus bow tie)
    • 1 (16 ounce) bottle ranch salad dressing (I use Hidden Valley)
    • 2 chilpolte chilies in adobo seasoning (plus 1 Tbsp of sauce)
    • 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black beans, drained and well rinsed
    • 1 (10 ounce) can Green Giant Mexicorn, drained (corn with red and green peppers)
    • 1 (6 ounce) can medium black olives, drained
    • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies, drained
    • 1 (4 ounce) jar sliced pimientos
    • 2 cups mexican shredded cheese (I use Kraft Mexican 4 Cheese)

    Other Optional Ingredients

    • 2 -3 cups chicken, cooked (shredded or cubed)
    • 1 -2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
    • 4 -6 scallions, white and green thinly sliced

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Pulse the chilies in adobo and Ranch dressing in a small food processor or blender (I use my Magic Bullet).
    2. 2
      Mix remaining ingredients in a very large bowl (this makes a lot of salad).
    3. 3
      Pour on the dressing and mix well.
    4. 4
      Refrigerate at least 2 hours to meld flavors.
    5. 5
      Serve.
    6. 6
      If you like an added crunch, top with crumbled corn chips or any "Dorito" product (I use the crumbs from the bottom of the bag!). I like to top my serving with Nacho Cheese Dorito crumbs and sliced scallions. Like I said -make it your own!

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    Nutritional Facts for Southwestern Pasta Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (96 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 20

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 266.1
     
    Calories from Fat 142
    53%
    Total Fat 15.7 g
    24%
    Saturated Fat 3.7 g
    18%
    Cholesterol 14.7 mg
    4%
    Sodium 489.6 mg
    20%
    Total Carbohydrate 24.6 g
    8%
    Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
    11%
    Sugars 1.6 g
    6%
    Protein 7.0 g
    14%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    adobo seasoning

    Green Giant Mexicorn

    chicken

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