Monday, May 28, 2018

Tex Mex Pasta Salad


I love a salad that can be the star of lunch or dinner and that is exactly what this recipe is. It has a wonderful base of pasta and chicken filled with Tex Mex flavors. This is a great salad to take to a Pot Luck lunch or dinner and it is a winner at the family dinner every time!  I used chicken that I keep on hand in the freezer, I grill or poach the chicken, cut it up, package it in 3 cup bags, then freeze it. I can always put together a great chicken dish from the little freezer bags.

Tex Mex Pasta Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage




We Start This Recipe With 
My Freezer Bag of Chicken

Tex Mex Pasta Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Then We Layer The Goodness Of The Salad

Tex Mex Pasta Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Add That Chicken

Tex Mex Pasta Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Add The Awesome Tex Mex Dressing

Tex Mex Pasta Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

We Love The Dressing

Tex Mex Pasta Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Time To Chill The Salad

Tex Mex Pasta Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Tex Mex Pasta Salad
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients
1 pound dried medium or small pasta shells
1 (15.5 ounce) can of whole kernel corn, drained
1 ( 15.5 ounce) can of black beans, drained
6 green onions with tops, chopped
1 or 2 jalapeno to taste, chopped
1-1/2 cup black pitted olives, sliced
2 cups cherry tomatoes
2 cups Monterrey Jack and Cheddar Cheese Mix, grated
3 cups cooked chicken,chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Dressing
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups sour cream
3 garlic cloves
1 cup hot Mexican Salsa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
dash hot sauce
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
Directions
Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain.
In a very large bowl, add the cooked and drained pasta, the add the corn, beans, onions, jalapeno, black olives, cherry tomatoes, cheese mix, and chicken. Sprinkle the salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder over the mix. Mix all the ingredients well.
Dressing Directions
In a food processor or blender add the buttermilk, sour cream,garlic, salsa, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and hot sauce. Blend until creamy then add the cilantro and buzz gently.
Pour the dressing over the mix of chicken and pasta and mix well.
Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Enjoy!
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Tex Mex Pasta Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Lets Enjoy This Salad

Tex Mex Pasta Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


This Salad Is Delicious

Tex Mex Pasta Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

I love have a salad like this Tex Mex Pasta Salad to make on a very busy day or to take to a special get together. I sure hope you are able to try the recipe with your family and friends. Thanks so much for stopping by to spend time in the kitchen with us today. Have a wonderful week and come back real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen


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11 comments:

  1. I like your idea of the precooked chicken ready to go in the freezer. No excuses for not using chicken this way! My son asked we if we would grow feathers? This dressing sounds good too.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

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    1. I love my little Chicken Freezer Bags, it sure saves a lot of time in the kitchen. Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a great week!
      Miz Helen

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  2. Hi Miz Helen,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog! It was really very sweet of you. Wow, it has been some years since our last visit. I see that you have as always make the most delicious dishes! This pasta salad looks really delicious and a great idea to freeze precooked chicken for a quick meal! So nice to see your Full Plate Thursday is still going strong and active! A great job, Mz Helen! I'll be stopping by soon. Hugs!

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  3. What a great combination of flavors. This looks delicious!

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  4. Looks really fresh! Thanks for sharing at the what's for Dinner party - Have a great week!

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  5. You had me at Pasta Salad, but what a great combo of flavors. I also cook chicken ahead of time, freeze it, and feel prepared for any last minute dishes. This is definitely going on my list as a dish to bring to one of the many potlucks we go to. Thanks so much for linking to First Monday Favorites.

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  6. Ohhhh, this Tex Mex Pasta Salad looks amazing! It's a feature at this week's Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party! Thanks SO much for coming by and linking up!

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  7. All the yums in one little ol' pasta salad! Love that you use frozen chicken too...what a great idea to make things easier!

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    1. Hi Laurie,
      It will serve 8 to 10 normal servings maybe more if the serving's are smaller. Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the salad!
      Miz Helen

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  9. This looks delicious! Definitely pinning so I can try it out.

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Miz Helen