Taco Pasta Salad Recipe & Giveaway #SummerPastabilities

Hodgson Mill offers a variety of quality whole grain products for you and your family. You don’t have to be a gourmet cook to begin eating healthier. Their premium whole grains are stone ground, just like the olden days, for more nutrition, and are fresher, for better flavor. Because eating healthy should not taste like a punishment.


I recently received a variety of Hodgson Mill pasta to cook with. The angel hair pasta was a delicious way to change up our regular family spaghetti night. I’m pretty sure we’ll never go back to serving white pasta again. Below is my original Taco Pasta Salad recipe. Definitely a family favorite.


Taco Pasta Salad

1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
1 package taco seasoning
About 8 to 9 ounces of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Whole Grain Medium Shells
1 head of lettuce, chopped
1 can diced organic tomatoes, plain
1 medium green pepper, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup of taco flavored chips, crushed
1 cup Catalina salad dressing (optional)

1. Cook pasta, drain and cool.
2. Mix Taco seasoning into browned ground beef.
3. Add tomatoes, green peppers and onions. Simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Add pasta to meat mixture.
5. Just before serving stir in chopped lettuce, crushed chips.
Add dressing to taste. My husband and daughter enjoy the dressing, I like the recipe better without it.

It’s quick, and easy and makes enough to have left overs. We often enjoy it cold, right out of the fridge, making it a great summer dish.


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  1. Patricia says:

    I like a tuna casserole.

  2. angela says:

    I like spaghetti.

  3. Kelly D says:

    I like Lasagna.

  4. Marti Parks says:

    My favorite is pasta salad, but I love macaroni and cheese as well.

  5. Cheryl says:

    That is a hard one–I love pasta, any kind of pasta! I’ll say Lasagna Roll UPs that my daughter makes–just had them three days in a row!! They warm up wonderfully.

  6. Jackie says:

    Lasagna is one of my favorite pasta dishes.

  7. meegan whitford says:

    pasta bake or spaghetti pie

  8. mrsshukra says:

    Spinach pasta with pesto!

  9. Rebecca Orr says:


  10. Nannypanpan says:

    Spaghetti and meatballs

  11. I like fettuccine alredo

  12. Jennifer T. says:

    I like lasagna or a baked ziti.

  13. Sunnie says:

    I like lasagna.

  14. Jeffrey says:

    I like a caprese pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil.

  15. Amanda J says:

    I love to make pasta bolognese with lots of veggies!

  16. Laura says:

    I love beefy mac and cheese!

  17. Good old mac & cheese is a favorite pasta dish in our house.

  18. I love Bowtie Pasta Salad! 🙂

  19. Angela P
    Twitter: childrensnook

    I love five cheese ziti……so fatty!

  20. spagetti or pasta and mayo with cheese and ham
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  21. Cynthia R says:

    I love Mediterranean pasta salad with feta.

  22. Carolsue says:

    My favorite pasta dish is spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna

  23. felecia says:

    I love pasta salad.

  24. Rhonda Tenderholt says:

    I like lasagna and Shrimp Alfredo.

  25. Dawn Monroe says:

    My family love my chicken and noodles and johnny marzetti.

  26. Macaroni and cheese.

  27. laurie says:

    I love goolash