FIESTA RANCH CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad is full of fresh southwestern flavors with black beans, corn, cheese and tomatoes. Hearty chicken salad recipe topped with Fritos!

Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad is full of fresh southwestern flavors with black beans, corn, cheese and tomatoes. Hearty chicken salad recipe topped with Fritos!Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad is one of my favorite summertime meals because it doesn’t require the oven and it makes a huge batch which usually leaves us with enough leftovers to give me another night off from making dinner! This is also a perfect dish for taking to potluck dinners.  This dish is very versatile – you can add or subtract any veggies you want and it still turns out wonderfully each time.

Don’t forget the final step! Just before serving you’ll want to top the salad with Fritos. They add a fun touch and everyone really enjoys this addition.

Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad

  • 1 pkg. of pasta (rotini, bowtie, tri-colored, etc)
  • 3 boneless chicken breasts, cooked and diced (I usually use a rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 package frozen corn
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of olives, sliced
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
Dressing:
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 pkg. Hidden Valley Fiesta dip mix (I have had best luck finding this at Walmart)
  1. Cook pasta, drain and cool.
  2. Combine with all of the other ranch chicken pasta salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Whisk together dressing ingredients, then pour over salad. Stir to combine. keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  4. Right before serving, add in Frito corn chips to taste.  Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. of pasta (rotini, bowtie, tri-colored, etc)
  • 3 boneless chicken breasts, cooked and diced (I usually use a rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 package frozen corn
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of olives, sliced
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • dressing ingredients- see below

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta, drain and cool. Combine with all of the other ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and then mix up the dressing.
  2. Dressing: 2 cups mayonnaise + 1 cup buttermilk + 1 pkg. Hidden Valley Fiesta dip mix (I have had best luck finding this at Walmart)
  3. Add dressing to the salad and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Right before serving, add in Frito corn chips to taste. Enjoy!
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Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad is full of fresh southwestern flavors with black beans, corn, cheese and tomatoes. Hearty chicken salad recipe topped with Fritos!

 

Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad is full of fresh southwestern flavors with black beans, corn, cheese and tomatoes. Hearty salad recipe topped with Fritos!

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    • This salad is really tasty. It has a beautiful blend of southwest flavors and is perfect for hot summer days when you just want something cold rather than hot. I would suggest refrigerating it for several hours after you make it. I found it was even better the next day once it had sat overnight in the fridge. It was equally good with or without the fritos. I had it both ways and loved it just the same! This makes a huge amount of pasta salad, 15 1/2 cups to be exact. If you do not have a large family or are not making it for a get together, I would half the recipe. This is a definite keeper, a bit addictive really.... Highly recommended.....
  1. This response is for Peggy and Cole Long. I make my own Fiesta Dressing which can be as spicy or mild as you like. I mix 8 ounces of sour cream (regular or lite) with a jar of my favorite Salsa. I use mild. I use it on taco salads all the time and would probably use it for this recipe too.
  2. Use salsa instead of ranch mix. Put the taco seasoning on the pasta and mix up, then add veggies. You can also use cumin in place of the taco seasoning if you want to cut back on procesed mixes
  3. This looks absolutely yummy and so very colorful. I don't see anywhere where it says to print out the recipe. Any suggestions? Thank you so much for you time! Looking forward to giving it a try!
    • If this is being used as a side dish, it would probably be enough for 40 people. When I serve this as a main dish, it usually serves about 14-16 people.
  4. I was wondering if i have to cook the beans and corn. And also, do i put the taco seasoning on the chicken when i cook it?
    • Nope- you don't have to cook the beans or the corn. Put the taco seasoning with the other dressing ingredients, then whisk it to combine. Then you just toss all the ingredients together and add Fritos to the top right before serving!
  5. Looking to make this for a 4th of July gathering tomorrow and getting groceries tonight. What size of box for the pasta? And what size package of frozen corn?
    • I used a 12 oz box of pasta and I'm not sure exactly what size the corn package was, but I'm guessing between 10-16 oz. Sometimes I even use a can of corn instead, just make sure to drain well before adding to the salad. Enjoy!
  6. Do you put the frozen corn in frozen or do you thaw? Also, has anyone used regular milk instead of the buttermilk? Thanks in advance!
    • I just put the corn in frozen because I usually make it at least a couple hours in advance, but it thaws really quickly. I've never tried using regular milk but I think it would probably turn out just fine that way too...maybe a slightly different taste?
  7. I think this will be a really tasty dish and am making it right now, but note to the author: it REALLY needs to be re-written with actual measurements and much better directions. I'm ok with winging it as that's how I cook, but based on the virtual plethora of the same comments, many others need more instruction. And, based on the volume of ads on this page, I completely missed the ingredient list for the dressing. I'm also a bit skeptical as to why you need both taco seasoning AND fiesta ranch seasoning. Plus, you sprinkle the taco seasoning over the plain veggies and pasta??? Not in the dressing? Or season the meat with it? Nice blog but this could use a little editing. Thanks.
  8. this is my second time making this... I decided to review it now... The reason? I have made this two ways.. one as written, tonight.. and the one time before I hadn't had ginger so used all spice. Didn't have apple juice so added grapefruit and a 1/4 cup of good Canadian Whiskey. I did as a reviewer suggested to dust chicken with cornstarch.. a very good idea. Without it the sauce is to thin for my family... I gotta say this is my go to recipe for now on.. can be easily made into Curry sauce, BBQ sauce.. anything. I love this recipe and didn't find it too salty and used regular soy sauce. I am on a HBP diet and this worked out great for even me...
  9. This is a definite crowd pleaser! I've made this salad three times now! I left out to pepper and onions but kept everything else the same. It does make a huge batch, but it was nice to have leftovers for lunch for a few days. I also picked up some SantaFe tortilla strips (salad topping) from my local Smith's (Kroger) to use instead of Fritos and I liked those a lot more. I'm making this again this weekend for a family BBQ and my mother in law cannot have gluten. I'm going to sub my pasta and taco seasoning for gluten free versions. Hopefully it turns out well! Wish me luck!
    • I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! I'll have to try using the tortilla strips when I make it again - that's such a great idea!
  10. I am in LOVE ! This recipe just how it is.. Tastes Amazing ! This will be my go to recipe when I want to impress or wow the crowd !! :D I wouldn't change a thing! I cannot wait to serve it tomorrow at my granddaughters party ! Thank you for the recipe !

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