Sombrero Pasta Salad

"Great for potlucks. My family loves this."
photo by Linajjac photo by Linajjac
photo by Linajjac
photo by Linajjac photo by Linajjac
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  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until meat is browned; drain.
  • Add water and taco seasoning; simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse pasta in cold water and drain; place in a large bowl.
  • Add beef mixture, cheese, green pepper, onion, tomato and olives; mix well.
  • Add the dressing and toss to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

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  1. I love pasta salad. This is a delicious one. I liked the taco seasoned meat and the catalina dressing flavors. The veggies gave a little crunch. Thanks for an quick, easy, and tasty meal. Husband and I took leftovers for our lunch the next day. Tasted even, better. Thanks Nurse Di.
  2. This tasty pasta salad was different than any other I've tried. The idea of combining taco seasoning and Catalina dressing was a little strange, but it was actually very good! The only adjustment I made to the recipe was to use only one can of black olives. This recipe is a keeper!
  3. I’ve been making this recipe for years & years. My oldest grandson can’t get enough of it. I do leave out the tomatoes. Personal choice. It makes a ton. But doesn’t last long. Thanks!
  4. This dish is easy an will suit most palates. Reminds me of chop souey a little bit. I didn't even use half the bottle of dressing because it seemed to be getting too wet. I also cooked the onion with the burger so that we wouldn't be eating raw onions. Boyfriend lies anything with burger. Tastes good warm too.
  5. Pasta Salad is always a favorite meal in this house. This one sure was delicious. Spicy meat, pasta and veggies all mixed up and the best part was the dressing. YUMMY!! The only alteration I made was to use just 1/2 cup of water for the meat. Thanks Nurse Di.


  1. I made this salad for a meeting and it disappeared in a flash! Everyone just loved it. I substituted Yves Veggie Ground Round for the ground beef and no one noticed. This one will be made again and again for sure.
  2. Took this to work for potluck(and of course had to leave some at home for my family!) Everyone loved it. My husband took samples to the neighbors! I used cut up chicken breast instead of ground beef and added a little cilantro. Definately will make this again. Thanks!!!



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