Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad Recipe

Try this flavor packed easy Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad Recipe at your next cookout. It’s the perfect side dish or a great meatless option for anyone eating vegetarian. And easy to make too!

Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad Recipe

Pasta Salad was one of the first things I ever learned how to cook. I think the main reason that I attempted pasta salad so early on is because it is super easy. Add your favorite vegetables, fruits, seasonings , as well as meats (if desired) to cooked pasta, toss it all together, chill for a while and voila! You have the perfect side or main dish for any menu all year-round. Since it can be made ahead and chilled, a tasty Pasta Salad is great for entertaining, plus I think it gets even better when it’s all left to mingle for a while.

Pasta Salad is still as easy as I remember, plus, now there are so many inspiring flavor combinations out there to try, like this flavor packed Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad recipe. It’s a terrific pasta salad to use for either a side or a main entree. It has all the pieces and parts for a hearty, satisfying dish with a bunch of flavor. It’s a great meatless option too. Make a large batch early in the week and enjoy it all week long. And because this pasta salad recipe is easy to make and easy to pack to take along, it’s at the top of my list for for a picnic or outing menu. It’s certainly a picnic and cookout worthy dish, that’s for sure.

Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad Recipe

Try this Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad as part of this complete tasty menu lineup:

Southwestern Grilled Chicken Recipe with Lime Butter

Classic Coleslaw Recipe

Garlic Lemon Green Beans

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Frozen Coconut Limeade Recipe

Uncle Bobby’s Banana Pudding Recipe


Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad Recipe
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A tasty meatless pasta salad great for any menu spread.
Serves: 10
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1½ teaspoons McCormick® Gourmet Collection Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Cumin, Ground
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces rotini pasta, uncooked
  • 1 can (about 15¼ ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (about 15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small can (about 4½ ounces) chopped green chiles, drained
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lime juice, chili powder, cumin and salt.
  3. Add cooked pasta and remaining ingredients; toss to combine and coat pasta.
  4. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.
Recipe discovered at McCormick.

  Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad Recipe

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  1. 1


    I just made a southwest pasta salad for dinner tonight! It was different than yours in a couple of ways, but same idea! Southwestern flavors are one of my absolute favorites, along with pasta salad, so of course the two make a great combination! Yours looks super flavorful!

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    April says

    Could you substitute greek yogurt for the mayo, or would it totally change the flavor &/or texture?

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      It would change the flavor, but I think it would be good. You may need to adjust the other seasonings to taste. Let me know how it goes!

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    Lori says

    Not a fan of mayo, but the rest of this sounds delicious! I wonder if I could sub with sour cream instead?

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    Holly says

    How many servings is this? Looking to do this for a campout potluck. Need this as a side for about 40 people.

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    Heather says

    Is 8oz of pasta a typo? I would think you’d need a full box to have the ratios be right, and doesn’t seem like half a box would feed 10. I’m getting ready to make this later and just need to know if I need to double everything else if using a full box. Thank!

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      8 ounces of uncooked pasta, then cooked and drained is the correct amount for this dish. I will clarify that in the ingredient listing to avoid any confusion in the future.

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