Creamy Taco Macaroni Salad Recipe

This creamy taco macaroni salad recipe is an easy twist on classic macaroni salad. With crowd-pleasing Mexican flavors, it’s the perfect side dish for your next cookout. We also love it as a great make ahead weekday lunch.

I love a classic macaroni salad. It has 4th of July BBQ written all over it and is as American as it gets. But I’ve never actually made it for a cookout. What I like to do is mix up a big batch of it on a Sunday and then make a few days worth of work lunches out of it. It’s quick, it’s easy, and we never seem to mind eating it for 3 or 4 days in a row. (I also love to do this with this mediterranean Israeli couscous salad!)

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Large bowl of creamy taco macaroni salad recipe sprinkled with cilantro

But still, for the sake of variety, I decided to get a little wild this time and give it a little Mexican pizazz. This taco macaroni salad recipe was hardly more complicated than the classic and was a really nice change of pace!

How to Make this Taco Macaroni Salad Recipe

The process is basically the same as with regular macaroni salad. Boil some noodles, make a mayo-based dressing and toss it all together with some chopped vegetables. In the case of this taco macaroni salad, I lightened up the dressing a bit by substituting half of the mayo for sour cream (you won’t miss any creamy deliciousness, trust me!). Then I mixed in some lime juice and an easy homemade taco seasoning.

Creamy taco macaroni salad recipe process shots

For vegetables, I added tomatoes, green bell peppers and a little onion. I had planned to add corn and a little jalapeño, but was out of both. Next time!

I also tossed in some black beans and cheese for extra protein, and sprinkled with cilantro for freshness (use parsley if you hate cilantro!). We loved this twist on simple macaroni salad. Give it a try for your next BBQ, I think you’ll love it too!

Creamy taco macaroni salad recipe in a large serving bowl

Enjoy! xx

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Creamy taco macaroni salad

This creamy taco macaroni salad recipe is an easy twist on classic macaroni salad. With crowd-pleasing Mexican flavors, it's the perfect side dish for your next cookout. We also love it as a great make ahead weekday lunch.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword macaroni salad, Mexican salad, pasta salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 411 kcal
Author Ann

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb elbow macaroni or other pasta shapes
  • 1/2 cup black beans canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1/2 green bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 small red onion diced
  • 1 cup medium cheddar shredded
  • 1/4 cup cilantro or parsley chopped

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook according to the package directions. Drain and rinse under cool water. Transfer the macaroni to a large bowl. 

  2. To the macaroni, add the black beans, peppers, tomatoes and onions, and stir to combine.  

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients. Add the dressing to the macaroni and vegetables and stir until well combined. Gently fold in the cheese and cilantro.

  4. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

*Add 1/2 a minced jalapeño for a little heat. 

*I think 1/2 cup of fresh or thawed frozen corn would be a great addition too!

Nutrition Facts
Creamy taco macaroni salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 411 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 456mg 19%
Potassium 265mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 14.1%
Vitamin C 19.2%
Calcium 17.1%
Iron 7.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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