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Southwest Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

This Southwest Chicken Pasta Salad is quick, delicious, and full of amazing flavor. It's not too spicy, but has the most amazing flavor and seasoning to it.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken and Pasta, pasta salad
Servings: 12
Calories: 492kcal

Equipment

  • Pot
  • Large Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces rotini pasta
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts cooked and cubed
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 4.25 ounces olives sliced
  • 14 ounces corn drained
  • ½ red onion diced
  • 15 ounces black beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 ounces pinto beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 ounce taco seasoning mix
  • 4 ounces Colby Jack Cheese cubed

Dressing

  • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons salsa
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 ounce fiesta Ranch dip seasoning

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to directions on package.
  • While pasta is cooking, mix together (in a VERY large bowl) the cooked chicken, bell peppers, tomatoes, olives, corn, onion, black beans, pinto beans, and taco seasoning.
  • After pasta is finished cooking, mix it into the bowl with other ingredients (do not add cheese at this point because the hot pasta has a tendency to melt it, so wait to add the cheese until the pasta has completely cooled down).
  • In a separate bowl, mix together dressing ingredients and fold into pasta/vegetable mixture. Stir until all ingredients are coated with dressing.
  • Fold in cheese at this time and place in the fridge. I prefer to eat this after it has been in the fridge for at least 2-4 hours, but it tastes even better after staying in the fridge overnight.

Notes

This makes enough for 12 large servings and will require that you use a very large bowl to mix it together. If you need a smaller amount, you can easily cut this recipe in half or even in thirds.

Nutrition

Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 687mg | Potassium: 653mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1024IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 3mg