Mexican Macaroni Salad

 
This Mexican Macaroni Salad recipe is a very versatile summer salad perfect for picnics and barbecues. I love serving it at family BBQ’s as a side dish.
 

This Mexican Macaroni Salad recipe is a very versatile summer salad perfect for picnics and barbecues. I love serving it at family BBQ's as a side dish.

 

When I first made The Pioneer Woman’s Mexican Macaroni Salad I completely fell in love with it. 

It’s zesty and full of flavour and quite different from the typical Macaroni Salad your mother makes.   This Mexican Macaroni Salad goes so well with pretty much anything from Steak to Fried Chicken.  It’s really the perfect summer salad.

Everytime I bring this mexican pasta salad to any function it dissapears quickly.  Everyone always loves it and I always get asked to share the recipe.

 

This Mexican Macaroni Salad is a very versatile summer salad perfect for picnics and barbecues. This recipe is a keeper!

 

The last time I made this Mexican Macaroni Salad, I made it the day before I wanted to serve it and allowing it to sit overnight made it very delicious. The key ingredient in all this is your selection of Salsa!  Pick one you know and already love because you taste a hint of it in every bite.

Of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone and had to make a few little changes to suit the tastes of my own family and to make it a little quicker to throw together. 

I didn’t do it this time, but a little pepper-jack or cheddar cheese grated in is pretty nice too.   Enjoy!

 

 

This Mexican Macaroni Salad is a very versatile summer salad perfect for picnics and barbecues. This recipe is a keeper!

Mexican Macaroni Salad

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

 
INGREDIENTS:
For the salad:
 
1 lbs of Macaroni, cooked, drained and quickly rinsed with cold water
1 cup of frozen (thawed) corn (or 2 ears of fresh corn)
1 can (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
2 large beefsteak Tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup Red onions, diced
Green onions and/or chives
salt/pepper
1/2 cup Cheddar or Pepperjack Cheese, grated (optional)
 
 
This Mexican Macaroni Salad is a very versatile summer salad perfect for picnics and barbecues. This recipe is a keeper!
 
 
For the Dressing:
 
1/2 cup of Sour cream
1/2 cup of Mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt/Pepper to taste
Dash of black beans
 
 
DIRECTIONS:
 
Cook the pasta al dente. Rinse with cold water to stop them from cooking.  In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the salad together. Don’t toss yet.
 
Whisk all the dressing ingredients together until smooth. Pour over the pasta ingredients and toss gently until everything is combined.
 

 

 

This Mexican Macaroni Salad is a very versatile summer salad perfect for picnics and barbecues. This recipe is a keeper!

5 from 1 vote
Mexican Macaroni Salad
Ingredients
For the salad
  • 1 lbs of Macaroni cooked, drained and quickly rinsed with cold water
  • 1 cup of frozen corn thawed, or 2 ears of fresh corn
  • 1/2 cup of sliced black olives
  • 1 can black beans 15oz, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large beefsteak Tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 cup Red onions diced
  • Green onions or chives
  • salt/pepper
For the Dressing
  • 1 cup Salsa
  • 1/2 cup of Sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of Mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • Dash of Tabasco sauce
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta al dente. Rinse with cold water to stop them from cooking. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the salad together. Don't toss yet.
  2. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together until smooth. Pour over the pasta ingredients and toss gently until everything is combined.

This Mexican Macaroni Salad is a very versatile summer salad perfect for picnics and barbecues. This recipe is a keeper!

Looking for more great Mexican Inspired Recipes? Check these out!

Taco Seasoned Snack Mix

Mexican Grilled Avocado Eggs with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Bake

 

This Mexican Macaroni Salad recipe is a very versatile summer salad perfect for picnics and barbecues. I love serving it at family BBQ's as a side dish.

 

41 thoughts on “Mexican Macaroni Salad

  1. The Pioneer Woman’s Mexican Macaroni Salad looks interesting, no I have not tried it It’s different from any salad that I have ever had before but I would definitely give it a try. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  2. COULD YOU KEEP THIS IN COOL TIL YOU NEED IT R DOES IT HAVE TO BE EATEN RIGHT AWAY.I THINK BEING COOL R OVER NIGHT IT BE WOULD EVEN BETTER………….

      1. Elizabeth this looks amazing. I noticed in your blog recipe that black beans are listed in the dressing ingredients instead of salsa. Thank goodness you added a printable version. I’ll try this one soon.

    1. I would make up everything and keep the dressing separate till you want to serve it. Pasta tends to drink up moisture and I always end up having to add more dressing if I put it all together the day before.

      I am definitely making this! The ingredients put a fin spin on regular macaroni salad. Can’t wait to try this version!!

  3. Looks delicious. Would it be good it add cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast pieces to make it a meal rather than a side dish? Perhaps seasoning the chicken with taco types seasonings?

  4. This looks incredible!! I will be trying it very soon although I think instead of the mayo, I will use FF plain Greek yogurt to make it a little healthier cuz I know I will end up eating WAY more of this than I should!! Hahaha

  5. This all looks very good except I would have to leave out the black olives…. all the rest is great !! I am not an olive fan except I do like green olives but not in my maccaroni….or salads. So I will try to make this without the olives and see how my hubby will like it.

  6. Yum this looks so tasty! I think I am going to try this but substitute the sourcream for greek yogurt. thanks for this inspiration …great for the summer!

  7. Wow! This is a nice and colorful Mexican salad to try!It looks great and has inspired me to make it.I can’t wait to see if it goes over big at our house.I have a feeling it will.Thank you.

  8. Looks yummy! My only question is what kind of salsa to use? Being mexican, I never buy bottled salsa. Can you please recommend something homemade?

  9. 5 stars
    Made it yesterday it’s gone today ! My nephew who is a very picky eater had 4 bowls yesterday. He said he couldn’t stop eating it. I will definitely will be making this again. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

  10. I made this salad and loved it! So refreshing from regular mac salad. Since it was only my husband and I, I halved the salad ingredients but made the full dressing recipe. It was perfect as the pasta absorbs some of the dressing. This left enough dressing to keep the salad moist.

    Highly recommend this recipe!!

  11. The recipe on the top doesn’t call for salsa, but the one in the grey ‘recipe card’ does. I think that if you use salsa, it would mess up the dish-just my opinion, though.

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