Monday, May 21, 2018

Mexican Pasta Salad Recipe with Tortellini

Y'all it's my favorite time of year, BBQ SEASON! Nothing gets my heart pumping like firing up the grill, lighting up the smoker, and creating some outdoor cooking goodness.  Burgers, chicken, ribs, you name it, I love it all.  The thing I don't love, however, is trying to come up with sides to bring to said BBQ's when invited.  You know what I'm talking about, the sign-up list goes around for the church picnic and you instantly go into panic mode because WHAT ON EARTH CAN I POSSIBLY BRING THAT CAN COMPETE WITH SALLY MAY'S FUNERAL POTATOES!?!  And if that's not you WHO ARE YOU and WHAT'S YOUR RECIPE because I need it in my life!  All kidding aside, this time I'm going into the BBQ season with a game plan and that game plan is my Mexican Pasta Salad with Tortellini

The finished plate of Mexican Pasta Salad with Tortellini, on a white plate, with the title above it.

Packed full of hearty vegetables, zesty spices, and a tortellini surprise, this Mexican Pasta Salad is about to breath new life into your pasta salad game!  I can't wait to share it with you so...

Let's Get Started!

For this Mexican Pasta Salad Recipe with Tortellini you'll need a few simple ingredients, most of which you may already have on hand!

A picture of all the ingredients needed to make the Mexican Pasta Salad Recipe with Tortellini.

  • 1 lb. of Cheese Tortellini, prepared
  • 1 15oz Can of Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15oz Can of Sweet Corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Red Onion, diced
  • 1c Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Avocado, diced
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4c Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Garlic, Minced
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

The fully cooked tortellini in a clear bowl.

To get things started you'll need to prepare your tortellini according to the directions on the package.

Place the cooked tortellini into a large mixing bowl.

Corn, black beans, and tortellini in a mixing bowl.

Next you'll add the black beans and corn.

I know y'all.  You ain't even ready for the level of complication that is this recipe!  LOL

Diced red onion, cherry tomatoes, back beans, corn, and tortellini in a mixing bowl.

After that add the diced onion and cherry tomatoes.

Diced avocado added to the bowl.

Finally you'll add the avocado.

I bet you thought you wouldn't survive this one huh.  LOL

The ingredients for the Mexican Pasta Salad dressing in a mixing bowl.

Now, every good salad has a great dressing and this one is NO different!

In a mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients for the dressing and...wait for it...

The ingredients for the Mexican Pasta Salad dressing being mixed together.

Whisk it together!

In Mexican Pasta Salad Dressing being poured over the pasta salad.

Now pour the dressing over all of the Mexican Pasta Salad ingredients.

All of the ingredients for the pasta salad tossed together in a bowl.

Toss everything together so that everything is coated in that lovely dressing.

Chopped cilantro on the counter with a knife.

The next step is to add a little freshness so I chopped up a little cilantro.

Chopped cilantro in a mixing bowl with the Mexican Pasta Salad.

Add it to the bowl, give everything another quick toss, cover, and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

The finished Mexican Pasta Salad, on a white plate, with a fork to the left.

And there you have it, my delicious Mexican Pasta Salad Recipe with Tortellini!  All these zesty Mexican spices are sure to breath new life into your pasta salad game and have people saying "Sally May's funeral potatoes WHO!?!"  It's the perfect BBQ side, meatless Monday meal, or add a little chicken and a meal all on it's own!  I know you're gonna love it so get in the kitchen and make it TONIGHT!

And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~


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