Taco Pasta Salad

This Taco Pasta Salad was easy to throw together and is a great side dish to go with all the Mexican dishes we are always making.

pasta taco salad in white bowl

It’s no surprise that my family loves food.

In fact, every gathering of ours is pretty much planned around a menu and delicious food. What can we say? It makes us happy. 🙂 It helps that we all LOVE to try out new recipes. Our family gatherings are a good way to get a consensus on whether or not a recipe is a keeper. This next recipe is one my sister decided to give a try, and it ended up being a hit (in all honesty, we only share the recipes we like on here and if it’s a dud it never gets up on the site, which means you can assume all recipes here are ones we like!). 😉

Can you see all that yummy-ness in there? Pasta Shells, black beans, corn, cilantro, avocado… my favorites!!

If you’d like to try out this super simple Taco Pasta Salad, here is the recipe:

taco pasta salad with avocado and beans in white bowl

Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Delicious Taco Pasta Salad filled with beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and more!!
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 708 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 box pasta shells
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 10 oz corn frozen
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1/2 can el pato tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3-4 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1-2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp minced garlice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro fresh and chopped
  • 1 avocado diced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water and pour in a large bowl.

  2. Add to cooled pasta the black beans, corn, tomatoes, el pato , and cheese.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, garlic, cumin and chili powder. Pour over pasta salad and add the cilantro. Season to taste with salt & pepper and mix well.
  4. Just before serving,throw in the diced avocado.

Taco Pasta Salad with beans, corn, tomatoes and avocado

Taco Pasta Salad filled with beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado in bowl

taco pasta salad with avocado in white bowl
I cannot wait to give this recipe a try next time I make some Tacos or Enchiladas!!

For more great recipes perfect to make and serve with your next Mexican meal be sure to try out these…

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Kellyn Carpenter

Kellyn is a mom of 4 and loves to try and test out new recipes. She loves to find the best dinner and dessert recipes around and share them with those in the blogosphere.

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  1. This looks super tasty! What is El Pato? I googled it, and it was a brand with many different items. Is there a specific El Pato to use? Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Could I just use salsa instead of the El Pato? Or is the El Pato a different texture/consistency and therfore should not be substituted? I am not sure if I will be able to find this at my local grocery store.

  3. I am upset it has taken me this long to learn that a Taco version of pasta salad was a thing. Sad really. I am beyond exciting to try making this one!!!