Tex Mex Pasta Salad

Tex Mex Pasta Salad

Dinner is served!  My fast, healthy and simple Tex Mex Pasta Salad recipe is topped with Chipotle Lime Ranch and served with fresh veggies.  

Vegetarian Tex Mex Pasta Salad recipe

Hi guys!

Spring officially starts Tuesday (can I get a Hallelujah???) and with that I’m ready to bring on some lighter spring and summer recipes.  Sure cozy soups and hot jalapeno dips are great, but my favorite way to cook is fast easy to assemble meals.  My Tex Mex Pasta Salad recipe falls in the that category and I really think it could become a dinner you make over and over again.  It’s a 20 minute vegetarian meal you have to try.

Vegetarian Tex Mex Pasta Salad recipe

Here’s why you have to try my Tex Mex Pasta Salad recipe…

My Tex Mex Pasta salad recipe could not be easier.  The only cooking you do is boiling your pasta noodles.  I’m a fan of this pasta with protein in it but you can use any type you have.  If you are gluten free… even gluten free pasta would work.  I know pasta gets a bad rep these days, but our house eats and enjoys it in moderation.  I’m a firm believer that all food can fit into your diet.

Vegetarian Tex Mex Pasta Salad recipe

I then toss the pasta with a can of rinsed and drained black beans, green onions, fresh tomatoes, corn and cilantro.  I also add some creamy avocado… but I wait to put that in until the last minute so it will not spoil.

Vegetarian Tex Mex Pasta Salad recipe

The dressing is my super easy Chipotle Lime Greek Yogurt Ranch.  You can even make the dressing (or the whole recipe really) ahead of time if you need a fast meal.  It stores perfectly in the fridge as long as you don’t add the avocado until serving.

The creamy, slightly smoky dressing is shear perfection on this salad.  Plus my version of the dressing has all the ranch flavor in a healthy package.  This fast vegetarian meal is actually full of protein, veggies and flavor.  My Tex Mex Pasta Salad recipe would also be fabulous for Cinco de Mayo OR spring and summer cookouts.

Vegetarian Tex Mex Pasta Salad recipe

I hope you will give this meal a try!  I just know you will love it.

Vegetarian Tex Mex Pasta Salad recipe

Tex Mex Pasta Salad recipe

Tex Mex Pasta Salad recipe is a fast vegetarian weekday meal.  It's also great for potlucks and cookouts!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Potluck
Cuisine Amercian, Mexcian
Servings 6
Calories 446 kcal


  • 14 ounce penne pasta*
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed in microwave
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Chipotle Lime Greek Yogurt Ranch**
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 avocados, diced


  • Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box.  Check one minute before to get al dente pasta.  Cool in the fridge or freezer until the steam stops and it's not too hot to touch.
  • In a large bowl, mix the black beans, cherry tomatoes, corn, cilantro, green onions, chipotle lime greek yogurt ranch and lime together. 
  • Toss in the diced avocado just before serving.  If you aren't eating the entire batch at one time only toss the avocado with the part you are eating.
  • If you are making this ahead of time, considering tossing it with the dressing at the last minute so it will remain creamy.


*I tested with the pasta that has protein in it!
** Use my homemade recipe for Chipotle Lime Greek Yogurt Ranch


Calories: 446kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 18gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 33mgPotassium: 765mgFiber: 15gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 588IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 2mg
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Tex Mex Pasta Salad recipe

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Vegetarian Tex Mex Pasta Salad recipe

Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing another green recipe for St. Patrick’s Day!

Your turn!

Do you like summer or winter cooking better?


I’m linking up my Tex Mex Pasta Salad recipe with: Meatless Monday, Meatless Monday, Full Plate Thursday, Foodie Friday, and the Weekend Potluck. Thanks so much ladies for the link up parties!
By | 2020-07-02T14:49:32-04:00 March 14th, 2018|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Salads, Side Dishes, Vegetarian Meals|14 Comments


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  3. Tadej March 21, 2018 at 5:00 am - Reply

    Hi Julie, when I saw your salad I just knew that you are a vegetarian. The salad looks delicious and can hardly wait to try it, thanks!

  4. Ramona March 19, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I don’t think I’ve mixed pasta with beans before but what a great idea this is. This looks amazing too. I must make this quick. Thank you for sharing! ????????

  5. Sarah March 19, 2018 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Pasta salads were a staple growing up and my mom made big batches all the time that never lasted long. My husband grew up with them too. I wish the girls liked them more but they haven’t which surprises me as they love pasta. I know they are like me and not a fan of mayo so I might give this one a try to see if it changes their mind even though my oldest isn’t a fan of ranch I think in this it would work. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Brian Jones March 15, 2018 at 4:17 am - Reply

    5 stars
    What a fantastic idea, beans and pasta are such a great mix and throw in the fusion flavours and I’m most definitely in!

  8. Debbie March 14, 2018 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    I love pasta salad and I’m so happy that you posted this! Everyone seems to be afraid of it these days, but as you said, in moderation (or maybe a little beyond 🙂 ). I want to make this right now!!! Or maybe tomorrow since I’m halfway through cooking dinner right now.

  9. Wendy March 14, 2018 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Looks so good! I would make this for lunch!

  10. Amanda March 14, 2018 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Looks so delicious and flavorful! This would make a great side dish for a cookout as the weather gets warmer 🙂

  11. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups March 14, 2018 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    This sounds awesome, fast meals are the best!

  12. Erinn March 14, 2018 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Yum! This would be great with some chicken too 🙂 We’re not big on vegetarian meals at our house!

  13. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real March 14, 2018 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Black beans and pasta are so good together! I’ll definitely need to try this out asap.

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