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Cowboy Pasta Salad with the BEST Dressing!

Jen, Carlsbad Cravings
  • 25 minutes
  • Serves 10


1 lb

mini farfalle or other small pasta such as rigatoni or shells

1 lb

lean ground beef or turkey (see note)

1 4 ounce can

mild diced green chiles

1 tsp

EACH chili powder, ground cumin

3/4 tsp

EACH garlic powder, salt ((omit salt if using ground turkey and bouillon) )

4 tbsp

diced canned jalapeno peppers ((from 4 oz. can))


green bell pepper (chopped)

1 15 ounce can

black beans (rinsed and drained)

corn from 1 ear sweet corn

1 pint

cherry tomatoes (halved)

1 cup

cubed sharp cheddar cheese


small red onion (chopped)

2 tbsp

chopped cilantro

1/2 lb

thick center cut bacon (cooked and chopped)

1/3 cup


1/3 cup


1/3 cup

sour cream (may sub plain Greek yogurt)

1/4 cup

salsa (medium if you like a kick)

1 1/2 tbsp

brown sugar

1 tbsp

Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp

yellow mustard

1 tbsp

apple cider vinegar

1/4 tsp

EACH smoked paprika, salt, pepper

Hot sauce

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