Tex Mex Chicken Pasta Salad recipe

Tex Mex Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

Tex Mex Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

On Memorial Day last year, my mom arranged a little picnic for the family that lived nearby.

We all decided to meet across the street from the LDS Denver Temple and bring our own main dish and then a few things to share. My mom asked if I would bring some kind of cold pasta salad. I always love bringing special dishes to events, so I happily obliged.

I went back and forth about what kind of pasta salad to make – traditional or something new. In the end, I just went to the store, threw some ingredients into the cart, and I hoped it would all turn out. When I left the store I had:

  • Colored Rotini Pasta
  • Black Beans
  • Corn
  • Tortilla Strips
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Zesty Ranch Dressing Mix
  • Red Pepper
  • Tomato

Tex Mex Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

It ended up being super stressful trying to make it. Going to the store took way longer than it should have, and by the time we got home, we only had about 30 minutes until we were supposed to meet everyone for the picnic.

If you know me, I don’t handle stress extraordinarily well, so it was a tense 15 minutes in the kitchen as I attempted to make this salad.
Tex Mex Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

Well, it all turned out, and this chicken pasta salad turned out awesome. Everyone loved it at the picnic, and it’s so easy – it’s perfect for those high-stress moments when you just need to throw something together. But it tastes great and doesn’t feel like it was thrown together quickly!

I can’t wait for some more summer parties so I can whip up another batch to bring. This recipe makes a lot – definitely enough for a crowd – so don’t feel like you have to double it unless you really are feeding an army!

Tex Mex Chicken Pasta Salad

An easy, creamy, and zesty tex mex chicken pasta salad. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people
Author Katie


  • 1 12 ounce box colored rotini
  • 1 bottle Ranch Dressing
  • 1 package Zesty Ranch Dressing Mix (alternatively, you can buy Hidden Valley Ranch Zesty Dressing)
  • 15 ounce can black beans
  • 15 ounce can corn
  • 1/2 medium red pepper diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion diced
  • 1 large tomato , diced
  • 1 1/2 cups grilled chicken strips
  • 1 cup Mexican blend cheese
  • 1/2 of a 3.5-ounce bag of tortilla strips


  1. Cook the full package of noodles according to instructions.

  2. Drain excess water and place noodles in a large bowl.

  3. Add drained can of black beans, corn, red peppers, onions, tomato, cheese, and chicken strips, and toss.

  4. Add the ranch dressing and tortilla strips and toss to combine immediately before serving.


Tex Mex Chicken Pasta Salad / Easy Pasta Salad / Cold Pasta Salad / Pasta Salad Ideas / Ranch Pasta Salad / Creamy Pasta Salad


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  • Where do you find these tortilla strips in the store? Can't see them in the pictures. Would like to make this for our branding meal.
  • Wondering if you prepare the Ranch dry mix as directed on package? Or did you just add the dry mix pouch directly to salad with the bottle of Ranch?
  • What size bottle of Ranch dressing did you use? My kids love it so I usually buy the jumbo-size bottle, but I'm guessing that would be too much! Lol