Taco Pasta Salad

This Taco Pasta Salad will hit the spot with a delicious Mexican flavor, perfect for summertime!

16 oz. rotini or other medium size noodle

1 lb. lean ground beef

3 Tbsp. taco seasoning

1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes

1 cup diced green bell pepper

2-3 cups Mexican style shredded cheese

4 cups shredded lettuce

15 oz. French dressing

3 cups slightly crushed nacho cheese or tortilla chips

chopped cilantro, optional

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook rotini according to package directions. Rinse in cold water and set aside.

In a large skillet, cook the ground beef until done, drain any grease. Mix in taco seasoning.

In a large bowl, add pasta, seasoned ground beef, tomatoes, bell pepper, cheese and lettuce.

Pour the French dressing over the top and stir everything together.

Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, add in crushed chips and top with cilantro if using.

Makes 16 servings

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