Spicy Fiesta Pasta Salad (Your New Favorite Dish)

Spicy Fiesta Pasta Salad is a quick and easy 20 minute meal that brings a warm kick and a variety of flavors to your table.

It combines pasta with black beans, corn, and tomatoes, giving it a hearty base.

The salad is topped off with a zesty Italian dressing, Mexican cheese blend, and a dash of green chilies for extra spice. A sprinkle of fresh cilantro finishes it off, adding a touch of freshness.

This dish is perfect for a casual dinner, a party, or even a simple weeknight meal. It’s easy to make and packs a flavorful punch, making it a great option for any occasion.

If you’d like some helpful Tips and Tricks, I have them below the recipe.

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Spicy Fiesta Pasta Salad in an oval white bowl.

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Spicy Fiesta Pasta Salad in an oval bowl on a light rustic surface.

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Spicy Fiesta Pasta Salad in an oval white bowl.

Spicy Fiesta Pasta Salad

Nesting Lane Indulge
Spicy Fiesta Pasta Salad: Pasta, beans, and corn with zesty dressing and cheese. A tasty dinner with Mexican flavors.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican


  • 1 package (16 ounce) pasta
  • 1 can (15 ounce) black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (11 ounce)  Mexican-style corn  drained
  • 1 can (4 ounce) chopped green chilies drained
  • 2 fresh tomatoes sliced
  • ½ cup Italian-style salad dressing
  • ½ cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 can (4ounce) sliced black olives drained
  • 1 slice onion minced
  • 2 tablespoon taco seasoning mix
  • ½ juiced lime
  • fresh cilantro to taste


  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring it to a boil.
  • Add pasta to the boiling water. Cook for about 8 minutes or until the pasta is tender but still firm.
  • Drain the pasta and set it aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine black beans, Mexican-style corn, chopped green chilies, sliced black olives, sliced tomatoes, minced onion, Italian-style salad dressing, shredded Mexican cheese blend, taco seasoning mix, and the juice of half a lime.
  • Chop some fresh cilantro and add it to the bowl.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the bowl.
  • Gently stir all the ingredients together until well mixed.


Calories: 246kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 9gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 651mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8g
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Tips and Tricks

Adjusting Spice Level: For a milder flavor, choose mild taco seasoning and reduce or omit the green chilies. For a spicier kick, use hot taco seasoning or add chopped jalapeños.

Pasta Choice: Use pasta shapes that hold the sauce well, like rotini or farfalle, to ensure each bite is flavorful.

Meal Prep: This dish can be made ahead of time. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days, allowing the flavors to meld together.

Add-Ins: For extra crunch, toss in some diced bell peppers or cucumbers. For protein, add grilled chicken or ground beef.

Serving: Serve the salad cold for a refreshing dish, or at room temperature if preferred. It’s great on its own or as a side dish.

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