Taco Mac Salad

This easy taco mac salad is one of our most requested recipes from the Busy Mom Menu. With cool vegetables and warm seasoned beef, it can be served in summer or winter. Using taco meat from the freezer makes it a quick and easy meal.

Bowl of seasoned ground beef, spiral pasta, lettuce, halved tomatoes, nacho cheese Doritos, and French salad dressing with shredded cheddar cheese on top

Start with cooked tricolor spiral pasta, lettuce, chopped onion, cherry tomatoes, chopped green bell pepper, taco seasoning mix, salt, pepper, shredded cheddar cheese, ground beef, and nacho cheese Doritos.
Overhead shot of ingredients cooked spiral pasta, lettuce, chopped onion, cherry tomatoes, chopped green bell pepper, taco seasoning mix, salt, pepper, shredded cheddar cheese, ground beef, and nacho cheese Doritos
Combine the pasta and chopped vegetables…
Overhead shot of cooked spiral pasta, chopped green bell pepper, chopped onion, and halved grape tomatoes
And mix well.

Meanwhile, season the cooked ground beef.
Overhead shot of ground beef in a cast iron skillet with taco seasoning on top
Layer the lettuce, pasta and vegetables, and taco-seasoned ground beef.
Bowl of seasoned ground beef, spiral pasta, lettuce, and halved tomatoes
Crush the Doritos and sprinkle on top, then add French dressing.
Bowl of seasoned ground beef, spiral pasta, lettuce, halved tomatoes, nacho cheese Doritos, and French salad dressing
Top with shredded cheddar cheese and enjoy!
Bowl of seasoned ground beef, spiral pasta, lettuce, halved tomatoes, nacho cheese Doritos, and French salad dressing with shredded cheddar cheese on top

Bowl of seasoned ground beef, spiral pasta, lettuce, halved tomatoes, nacho cheese Doritos, and French salad dressing with shredded cheddar cheese on top

Taco Mac Salad

Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories per Serving: 682
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
This easy taco mac salad is one of our most requested recipes from the Busy Mom Menu. With cool vegetables and warm seasoned beef, it can be served in summer or winter. Using taco meat from the freezer makes it a quick and easy meal.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. tri-color spiral macaroni
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning mix
  • 1/3 cup water
  • ½ cup green peppers, chopped
  • ½ cup onions, chopped
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 carton cherry tomatoes
  • ½ head leaf lettuce, shredded
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ cup French dressing
  • 16 oz. Nacho Cheese Doritos

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, brown ground beef. When beef is thoroughly cooked, add taco seasoning mix and 1/3 cup water. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
    Rinse cooked pasta with cold water and drain. In a large bowl, mix cooked macaroni, all vegetables, cheese, and seasonings. Chill. Just before serving, stir in warm seasoned ground beef, French dressing, and chips. Toss gently and serve.

Notes

To reduce calories, use a low fat ground beef and reduced calorie salad dressing.
Recipe Author: Mary Ann Kelley

Bowl of seasoned ground beef, spiral pasta, lettuce, halved tomatoes, nacho cheese Doritos, and French salad dressing with shredded cheddar cheese on top with text Taco Mac Salad Menus4Moms


About Mary Ann

Mary Ann Kelley has been creating meal plans online for over 15 years, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom's cooking resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms, which has been highlighted by "Diner's Journal," The New York Times' Blog on Dining Out, and PBS Parents' "Kitchen Explorer."

Mary Ann loves cooking and she loves planning/organizing, so meal planning is a natural intersection of the two. She believes her mission for the meal plans is being fulfilled when visitors let her know that she has helped them save time and money by teaching them to plan ahead and become more efficient in the kitchen.

When Mary Ann is not cooking or publishing, she enjoys reading, researching genealogy, and traveling.

Comments

  1. YUM! This awesome picture makes my mouth water! Funny you posted this…Chuck just requested this today!

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