Southwest Pasta Salad

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This Southwest Pasta Salad is a twist on the classic. Wagon wheel pasta tossed with corn, beans, roasted red peppers, and creamy ranch dressing creates a flavor combination you and your guests will love. This Southwest Pasta Salad recipe is a delicious side dish for any get-together. 

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Southwest Pasta Salad:

Summer is the season of pasta salad, which is why I whipped up another fun pasta salad recipe to share with you today! You’re going to love this Southwest Pasta Salad.

As much as I enjoy classic pasta salad (You can find my go-to recipe here.), you know I also like to put my spin on it. To me, it’s always exciting to serve something a bit different at a party, picnic, or barbecue. I’ve noticed it’s the unexpected that gets conversations going among guests, including requests for the recipe.

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This Southwest Pasta Salad recipe likewise reminded me of how wonderfully designed wagon wheel (a.k.a. rotelle) pasta is. The little openings in the pasta have a way of holding onto lots of that delicious dressing and even some beans and corn.

Ingredients for Southwest Pasta Salad:

In addition to the wagon wheel pasta, you might be wondering what else goes into this pasta salad recipe that makes it so delicious. Here’s a full list of ingredients:

  • wagon wheel (rotelle) pasta
  • fire-roasted corn
  • roasted red peppers
  • black-eyed pease
  • pinto beans
  • black beans
  • jalapeños 
  • Monterey Jack cheese
  • homemade ranch-style dressing

It’s perfect! Almost too perfect, I’m still trying to drop a few pounds before summer, and this pasta salad didn’t help. (Totally worth it though!)

Made with pasta, beans, corn, peppers, cheese, and jalapeños - this Southwest Pasta Salad is a winner! #pastasalad #pasta #salad #southwest #recipe

Made with pasta, beans, corn, peppers, cheese, and jalapeños - this Southwest Pasta Salad is a winner! #pastasalad #pasta #salad #southwest #recipe

How do you make Southwest Pasta Salad?

It’s simple! 

  • Prepare the ingredients and toss them into a bowl.
  • Mix up the homemade ranch dressing.
  • Add the dressing to the pasta mixture.
  • Then mix it all together!

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This Southwest Pasta Salad may become your new go-to summer side dish. #pastasalad #pasta #salad #southwest #beans #corn #recipe

Voila! Your pasta salad is ready! I’m really loving this combination of ingredients, not only do they taste delicious when combined, but they also make for a really colorful and beautiful looking pasta salad. 

I like to let the salad chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour, however, you can serve it right away. At first, it may seem like a lot of dressing, but I recommend using all of it. The pasta will soak it up.

This Southwest Pasta Salad may become your new go-to summer side dish. #pastasalad #pasta #salad #southwest #beans #corn #recipe

No matter when or where you serve it, this salad is a winner!

This Southwest Pasta Salad is a twist on the classic. Wagon wheel pasta tossed with corn, beans, roasted red peppers, and creamy ranch dressing creates a flavor combination you and your guests will love.

This Southwest Pasta Salad may become your new go-to summer side dish. #pastasalad #pasta #salad #southwest #beans #corn #recipe

Want more pasta salad recipes? Try these:

Made with pasta, beans, corn, peppers, cheese, and jalapeños - this Southwest Pasta Salad is a winner! #pastasalad #pasta #salad #southwest #recipe

Southwest Pasta Salad Recipe:

Southwest Pasta Salad


Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
This Southwest Pasta Salad is a twist on the classic. Wagon wheel pasta tossed with corn, beans, roasted red peppers, and creamy ranch dressing creates a flavor combination you and your guests will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound wagon wheel - rotelle pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 cup frozen fire-roasted corn - thawed
  • 1 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 2/3 cup canned black-eyed peas - rinsed
  • 2/3 cup canned pinto beans - rinsed
  • 2/3 cup canned black beans - rinsed
  • 2 jalapeños - thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese - cut into small cubes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Dressing:
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 packet dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup milk

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, toss together the pasta, corn, red peppers, beans, jalapeños, and cheese.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, dry ranch dressing, and milk.
  • Pour the dressing on the pasta salad mixture. Toss gently to evenly combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until you're ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 406kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 10gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 1007mgPotassium: 254mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 518IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 114mgIron: 2mg
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This Southwest Pasta Salad was originally published on May 25, 2018.
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  • Janet at

    Oh my! Another delicious pasta salad! So much for low carb diet! 😉 I can’t wsit to try! Your Really Good Macaroni Salad has been the star of graduation parties, Fourth of July family picnics, Easter, etc. My family loves it! Thank you for sharing!

  • Sabrina B at

    love the “wheels” here, pasta and jalapeno, beans too, great dish, thank you

  • Hollie S. at

    Made this recipe for two picnics this weekend and it was a big hit!

  • Susan at

    Made this on Memorial Day for a gathering and it was delicious! I did sub pepperoncini for the jalapenos because I didn’t have any, but kept everything else the same. Keep the great recipes coming.

  • Twylia Rogers at

    Where do I find the roasted red peppers for the southwest pasta salad?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      At the grocery store near the olives and pickles.

      xo Michael

  • Britt at

    Can you make it the night before ?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yep!

      xo Michael

  • Rikko at

    Grocery store was out if the pin-wheels so I used bow-tie pasta.Still came out great!
    Next time I’ll use fresh jalapenos instead of pickled,which was all I had.
    Made the full recipe which I ended up eating by myself.Seems no-one in my family cares for pasta salads (their loss)
    Thanks for this great recipe!

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