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cowboy pasta salad is a great side dish for picnics or parties

Cowboy Pasta Salad

Take a trip down south with this Cowboy Pasta Salad Recipe. This hearty recipe could feed a whole army of Cowboys!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Pasta Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 18 people
Calories 251 kcal
Author BubbaPie


Cowboy Pasta Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 box 16 oz, elbow macaroni pasta
  • 1 lb ground beef browned
  • 12 bacon slices cooked and chopped
  • 1 can 15 oz, corn, drained
  • 1 can 15 oz, black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Cook ground beef and drain. Cook bacon extra crispy chop into small pieces.
  3. Combine beef, bacon, corn, black beans, tomatoes, onions, and pasta in large mixing bowl and mix well.
  4. Add cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and mix well.
  5. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce and mix well until smooth.
  6. Pour over pasta and mix well until evenly coated.
  7. Stir in cilantro and cheese.
  8. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight for flavors to mingle.
  9. Mix well before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Cowboy Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 251
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.