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Taco Pasta Salad

May 1, 2018

May is National Beef Month, and we’re celebrating by teaming up with a few Hawaii companies to bring you a new recipe every week. First up is a twist on tacos featuring Kunoa ground beef and a dressing from Da Kine Hawaiian, a family-owned business that has been making gourmet condiments for 10 years. 

Serves: 8-10. Prep time: 20 minutes.

1 (16oz.) package rotini pasta (twists)
1 lb. Kunoa ground beef
1 Tbsp vegetable oil (optional)
1 (15oz.) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
Salt and pepper to taste
Da Kine Hawaiian Island Dressing
Fritos or tortilla chips, crushed

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat oil (if using) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it into smaller pieces as it cooks. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drain and let cool.

Drain pasta and rinse in cool water. Stir pasta with meat, and add beans, tomatoes, cheese and lettuce.

Toss with Da Kine Hawaiian Island Dressing to taste. Add crushed Fritos or chips when ready to serve. Enjoy!