Recipe By FoodLady
Published Feb 26th
Prep 15m Cook 10m Additional - Ready In 25m
Servings 12 servings Calories 246.3

Mexican-style pasta salad that is a great change for a picnic.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package tri-color rotini pasta
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (11 ounce) can Mexican-style corn, drained
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup Italian-style salad dressing, or more to taste
  • ½ cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 slice onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
  • ½ lime, juiced

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain.
  2. 2 Mix black beans, corn, green chilies, red bell pepper, Italian dressing, Mexican cheese, green onions, cilantro, onion, taco seasoning, and lime juice together in a bowl. Add rotini and lightly stir to combine.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 246.3
  • Carbohydrate 41 g
  • Cholesterol 5.4 mg
  • Fat 5.5 g
  • Fiber 4.6 g
  • Protein 8.8 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.8 g
  • Sodium 651.4 mg
  • Sugar 3 g


  1. Made this the night before for a work lunch pot luck and it was super dry. So the next time I made it I used 1-1 1/2 cups of Zesty Italian salad dressing. I also doubled the onion and cheese. I used frozen corn instead of canned. I also omitted the green chilies because my - Read more ...
  2. Awesome! Perfect for lunch. I added chicken seasoned with chili pepper paprika and onion powder to it.
  3. loved this recipe! Just the right mix of ingredients that was a hit with everyone in the family. We took it camping kept for 3 days and just got better!
  4. I used spicy taco seasoning added grape tomatoes & used sharp cheddar. Yummy!!!
  5. Doubled the dressing mixture & cheese. Cut the cilantro by half. Added grape tomatoes. Superb.
  6. I love a good taco pasta salad. I made this, but instead of Italian dressing (I really dislike Italian dressing) I used sour cream mixed with a little milk. Otherwise I kept it the same. My 4 year old even loved it!
  7. I added sliced cherry tomatoes; I added garlic shrimp shredded Mexican cheese
  8. Instead of an italian dressing, I used a homemade Dorothy Lynch Style Salad dressing that I found on this site. I made no other changes. I made this the night before and portioned it out for lunches for my husband and I--we both really liked it. He asked me to make it again soon but - Read more ...
  9. Not your typical rotini salad. A nice change of pace. Would be great for a Mexican potluck.