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

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

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. 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

So 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.

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

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 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
  |   Prep Time: 10 mins   |   Cook Time: 10 mins   |   Total Time: 20 mins
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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.
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
  1. In a large bowl, toss together the pasta, corn, red peppers, beans, jalapeños, and cheese.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, dry ranch dressing, and milk.
  3. 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.

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

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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.

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