Taco Pasta Salad


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I used to think people were “crazy coo coo” when talking about their pets…going on and on and on…until I became one of those people.  Now I get it.  Keely (our 8 pound Maltipoo) entered our life almost 7 years ago and has ruled the roost ever since!  In a minute I’ll get to why this has ANYTHING to do with Taco Pasta Salad…for now back to Keely.  Dog owners…you understand.

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My Keely…how can you resist?

Having 2 boys I thought it would be a good idea to get a female dog – you know, to balance out all the guy stuff going on around here: sports, stinky socks, lots of dirty laundry, you get the picture. Little did I know that I’d be joining a special pack of dog crazy owners and be lovin’ every minute of it!

So I’m featuring our Dog Lovers Pasta today– it’s one of my favorites. The cute paw prints and dog bones are the ideal shape and bite size when cooked…so naturally they were the perfect choice for another favorite of mine, Taco Pasta Salad. Is it me or could you eat Mexican every day if you had to?!  🙂

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Taco Pasta Salad has wide appeal. You just say “Taco” and people get it.  Kinda like saying” BLT“.  The kids will jump up and down and so will your friends.  I like this recipe because you can serve it as a main dish over a bed of crisp shredded lettuce or enjoy it more like a dip with crunchy tortilla chips.  Either way, be sure or use both of these ingredients!  Crumble the chips on top of the salad…or mix in some lettuce when serving it as a dip!

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And need I explain taco seasoning? It is a pantry staple.  I recently enjoyed a corn and avocado dip that called for some taco seasoning (fajita actually) and it added just the right flavor.  So I usually keep a couple packets on hand.  The rest of the ingredients are as expected, just like at your favorite neighborhood Mexican restaurant. 🙂  And I know what you are thinking, Velveeta, but sometimes there is just no substitute!

So Mi Amigos, follow these three simple steps to fully enjoy the Taco Pasta Salad experience:

  1. Smile and enjoy our Taco Pasta.
  2. Hit the trails or take your dog for a walk!
  3. Rest and take a well-deserved siesta.

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Taco Pasta Salad

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A delicious Taco Pasta Salad that will please all ages! A salad or a dip…you decide the way you want to serve it!


  • 14 oz bag Dog Lovers Pasta – or any short shape
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 pkgs. Taco seasoning mix
  • 1 15 oz. can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 lb. Velveeta cheese
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chilies, mild or hot
  • 1 10 oz. pkgs shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • Toppings: Chopped green onions, sliced black olives, sliced avocados, sour cream, all optional


  1. Cook beef in large skillet sauté pan over medium heat until no longer pink, stirring to crumble. Drain well. Add taco seasoning mixture, following package directions.
  2. Cook pasta in gently boiling water for approx. 6 minutes, until tender but firm. Drain and add to seasoned beef. Add pinto beans.
  3. Melt cheese and diced tomatoes and green chilies over low heat or in top of double broiler, stirring often until cheese melts. Add to beef mixture and stir carefully to combine. Reheat and serve over shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes, or with your favorite tortilla chips.
  4. Add toppings as desired


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  1. Renee J. on July 15, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    I LOVE TACOS + SALAD! Looks so delicious! If my baby Menudo were still here (my Chihuahua) I know he would be licking the computer screen right now!

  2. sean fiorenza on July 15, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Did I hear taco and past I am in

  3. nicole ford on July 15, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    wow this looks so good I love taco

  4. Nancy Maramonte on July 15, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Cute pasta, yummy recipe!

  5. Kari Judd on July 15, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Dog Lover’s Pasta Looks Great for Taco Pasta Salad!

  6. rob firenza on July 15, 2015 at 11:28 am

    taco anything with pasta I am in

  7. nancy fiorenza on July 15, 2015 at 10:04 am

    ooh that looks really good

  8. Casey B on July 15, 2015 at 9:08 am

    That sounds yummy! I like cats too:-)!

  9. teena Sierson on July 15, 2015 at 6:51 am

    I really think that the paw prints and bone prints are so cute and i love taco salad so it would be something the whole family would enjoy!

  10. Gem Aldrich on April 15, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    The Dog Lover’s Pasta is fun!

    • carey on April 16, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Thank you! We have Cat Lovers too…:) But usually one has a preference!

  11. Adele Carcia on April 15, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Going to have to try this recipe sounds yummy

  12. Candace Galan-Calderon on April 15, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Yummy, sounds delicious!

  13. wendy sulek on April 15, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Looks delicious!!!

  14. Jennifer Hedden on April 15, 2015 at 7:56 am

    This looks so delicious! What a great meal idea! I will have to make this for sure! Thank you for sharing!

  15. Patti Fickes on April 15, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I love The Pasta Shoppe — Hope I win!

  16. Thalia @ butter and brioche on October 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I love this taco flavoured pasta salad! I love coming across new salad recipes that are perfect for me to recreate for during the week. Thanks for sharing this one, you can definitely consider I will be recreating it!

  17. Alice on September 23, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    no dogs here, but yours is adorable, and this taco pasta salad is delish!!!! We love Mexican!

  18. cheryl c. on September 20, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Great recipe! I want to try it with the Georgia BullDOGS pasta.

    • carey on September 21, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      My sister is a BullDOG too – and she would agree with you!

  19. Kathy B on September 20, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Oh my goodness–this sounds AMAZING! Wonder if Weezie (my 14 lb. Shih Tzu) will like it??
    I tend to share most of my meals with her 🙂

    • carey on September 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Funny thought – but I wouldn’t really recommend it! Stick to your doggie treats! 🙂

  20. Stephanie on September 19, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I don’t know what is cuter, your dog or the dog-lovers pasta!

    • carey on September 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      You are funny Stephanie! It is a close call! 🙂

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