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Taco Pasta Salad

 
Taco Pasta Salad
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One serving costs about $1.42

$1.42 per serving

66 people like this recipe

66 likes

This recipe is ready in 45 minutes

Ready in 45 minutes

8 side dish,lunch,main course,main dish,dinner mexican
spoonacular Score:43%

Spoonacular Score: 43%

 

Taco Pasta Salad is a Mexican recipe that serves 8. For $1.42 per serving, this recipe covers 17% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. This main course has 482 calories, 21g of protein, and 20g of fat per serving. A couple people made this recipe, and 66 would say it hit the spot. This recipe from Homemade Hooplah requires catalina dressing, ground beef, taco seasoning, and lettuce. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes about 45 minutes. Taking all factors into account, this recipe earns a spoonacular score of 0%, which is improvable. Similar recipes are Taco Pasta Salad, Taco Pasta Salad, and Taco Pasta Salad.

Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Sparkling rosé are great choices for Mexican. Acidic white wines like riesling or low-tannin reds like pinot noir can work well with Mexican dishes. Sparkling rosé is a safe pairing too. You could try Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Reviewers quite like it with a 4.6 out of 5 star rating and a price of about 29 dollars per bottle.

Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Aromas of violets, iris, ripe raspberries, dark cherries, rose, blueberries, wild strawberries and wet stones all emerge from the glass when the wine is first poured. As the wine opens, more savory aromas of wood smoke, cured tobacco, earth, sandalwood and cinnamon add complexity to the original aromatics. Structured, ripe and pure, the wine shows all hallmarks of the 2013 vintage.

» Get this wine on Wine.com

Ingredients

Servings:
16 oz
16 oz rotini pasta
rotini pasta
1 lb
1 lb ground beef
ground beef
1 pkg
1 pkg taco seasoning
taco seasoning
3 cups
3 cups shredded lettuce
shredded lettuce
2 cups
2 cups cherry tomatoes
cherry tomatoes
1 cup
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
shredded cheddar cheese
0.5 cups
0.5 cups yellow onion
yellow onion
0.5 cups
0.5 cups green pepper
green pepper
0.5 cups
0.5 cups catalina dressing
catalina dressing
16 oz rotini pasta
16 oz
rotini pasta
1 lb ground beef
1 lb
ground beef
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 pkg
taco seasoning
3 cups shredded lettuce
3 cups
shredded lettuce
2 cups cherry tomatoes
2 cups
cherry tomatoes
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup
shredded cheddar cheese
0.5 cups yellow onion
0.5 cups
yellow onion
0.5 cups green pepper
0.5 cups
green pepper
0.5 cups catalina dressing
0.5 cups
catalina dressing

Equipment

sauce pan
sauce pan
frying pan
frying pan
bowl
bowl
sauce pan
sauce pan
frying pan
frying pan
bowl
bowl


Instructions

Read the detailed instructions on Homemade Hooplah

Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $1.42
Ingredient
16 ounces rotini pasta
1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
3 cups shredded lettuce
2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup yellow onion
1/2 cup green pepper
1/2 cup catalina dressing
Price
$0.97
$3.52
$1.09
$0.80
$2.66
$1.21
$0.18
$0.23
$0.71
$11.36

Tips

Health Tips

  • To make this recipe more nutritious, skip the iceberg lettuce and choose some darker leafy greens higher in vitamin K like romaine, kale, spinach, etc.

  • Lycopene, the chemical in tomatoes that makes them red (and healthy), is fat soluble. This means eating tomatoes with a fat — say, avocado or olive oil?improves the body's ability to absorb the lycopene. Don't hesitate to include some healthy fats in this dish to get the most health benefits from the tomatoes!

  • You can choose lean ground beef or switch to ground turkey or ground bison if you prefer less fatty meat.

  • You can easily replace regular noodles with whole wheat noodles to add a little extra fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals to this dish. Just don't make the mistake of assuming that because the pasta is whole wheat, you can eat as much as you want. The calories and the effect on your blood sugar is not so drastically different!

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Price Tips

  • The price of ground beef is going up. Beans and lentils, on the other hand, are both cheap and filling. Depending on the recipe, you might be able to add beans or lentils to stretch out your beef.

  • Most dairy products stay good well past their sell-by date. Instead of throwing out perfectly safe food that is just a few days or maybe even a week or two old, make sure the product smells fine, has a normal texture, and doesn't taste funny. Sniff testing isn't exactly rocket science and it can keep you from wasting food (and money).

  • If you find meat (especially grassfed and/or organic meat!) on sale, stock up and freeze it. Ground meat will stay good 3-4 months, while steaks, chops, etc., will be fine for at least 4 months.

Cooking Tips

  • Make sure you cook ground meat thoroughly. Grinding meat creates a lot of surface area that bacteria can grow on, so eating undercooked ground meat poses a real health risk.

  • The best method for cooking pasta is pretty controversial, but most sources seem to reach a consensus. Check out our lesson on how to cook pasta in the academy.

  • Just a head's up: tomatoes shouldn't be refrigerated! They will lose their flavor and probably get mushy too. For more on selecting and storing tomatoes and other vegetables, check out the academy.

  • You can easily make your own taco seasoning at home. Typical ingredients include paprika, chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and of course salt and pepper.

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Green Tips

  • Tomatoes, especially cherry tomatoes, should be bought organic when possible. Moreover, buying tomatoes from your local farmers' market when they are in season is going to make your dish much, much tastier, not to mention more eco-friendly. In fact, we recommend using canned — or better yet, jarred?tomato products when tomatoes aren't in season instead of buying imported or greenhouse-grown tomatoes.

  • Did you know you can freeze shredded cheese? If you don't finish it up, don't throw it out!

  • Bell peppers are unfortunately on the "dirty dozen" list compiled by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). You might want to buy them organic when you can.

  • Choose organic, grassfed beef whenever possible. If you're worried about your grocery budget, try eating a few vegetarian meals so you can afford better meat!

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Nutritional Information

Quickview
481 Calories
21g Protein
19g Total Fat
53g Carbs
10% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
481
24%

Fat
19g
30%

  Saturated Fat
7g
50%

Carbohydrates
53g
18%

  Sugar
8g
10%

Cholesterol
55mg
18%

Sodium
682mg
30%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
21g
43%

Selenium
46µg
67%

Manganese
0.62mg
31%

Phosphorus
289mg
29%

Zinc
3mg
25%

Vitamin C
19mg
24%

Vitamin B12
1µg
22%

Vitamin B3
3mg
18%

Vitamin A
904IU
18%

Vitamin B6
0.35mg
17%

Iron
2mg
15%

Fiber
3g
14%

Calcium
136mg
14%

Magnesium
50mg
13%

Potassium
443mg
13%

Copper
0.25mg
12%

Vitamin B2
0.19mg
11%

Vitamin K
9µg
9%

Folate
32µg
8%

Vitamin B1
0.11mg
8%

Vitamin B5
0.68mg
7%

Vitamin E
0.63mg
4%

covered percent of daily need

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