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Close up of southwest pasta with pasta, chicken, vegetables and a chipotle ranch dressing
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5 from 33 votes

Southwestern Pasta Salad

A cold southwestern pasta salad made simply with canned vegetables and lots of flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 340kcal


  • 12 oz rotini pasta (or other medium sized noodled)
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can corn (drained)
  • 1 cup bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 cup red onion (diced)
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 cups grilled chicken (chopped)
  • 1 cup chipotle ranch dressing


  • Cook your noodles according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Allow to drip dry.
  • Drain your black beans, and corn, and rinse.
  • Cut up your bell pepper, red onion, and tomatoes.
  • Chop up your cilantro.
  • Chop up your chicken.
  • In a large bowl, stir together your pasta, black beans, corn, bell pepper, red onion, tomatoes, cilantro, and chicken.
  • Stir in the chipotle ranch dressing until everything is evenly coated.
  • Cover bowl and place in the fridge for 1 hour, up to a few hours, then serve.


*or 1 can corn (drained)


Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 608IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg