Beef and Chilli Pasta Salad

    Beef and Chilli Pasta Salad

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    This is the pasta salad I make for family reunions every year. It's a hearty meal with beef and pickled jalapeno chillies.

    Serves: 10 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 500g fusilli pasta
    • 1 kg extra lean beef mince
    • 1 (35g) packet taco seasoning mix
    • 750g mild salsa
    • 250g ranch dressing
    • 1 1/2 red capsicums, chopped
    • 6 spring onions, chopped
    • 3/4 cup chopped pickled jalapeno chillis
    • 60g sliced black olives
    • 250g grated Cheddar cheese

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hour chilling  ›  Ready in:1hour35min 

    1. Fill a large pot with water; pour in the olive oil and salt. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in the fusilli and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally until the pasta has cooked through but is still firm to the bite, about 9 minutes. Drain and set aside.
    2. Heat a large frypan over medium-high heat and stir in the beef mince. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease. Mix in taco seasoning mix, remove from heat and cool completely.
    3. Combine salsa, ranch dressing, capsicums, spring onions, jalapenos and black olives in a medium bowl. Toss together the cooked pasta, cooled beef mixture, Cheddar cheese and dressing mixture in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

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