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Rio Grande Beef Salad

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  • 25 min prep time
  • 25 min total time
  • 12 ingredients
  • 4 servings
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Dinner ready in just 25 minutes! Enjoy this roast beef pasta salad packed with veggies – perfect if you love Mexican cuisine.

Ingredients

6 1/2
oz. (2 cups) uncooked wagon wheel pasta
1/4
cup chopped onion
1
garlic clove, minced
1
tablespoon oil
1
(10-oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/4
teaspoon cumin
1/2
lb. deli sliced cooked roast beef, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
1
(9-oz.) pkg. frozen corn in a pouch, cooked, drained
1
medium tomato, chopped
1/2
cup chopped green bell pepper
1
tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Steps

  • 1 Cook pasta to desired doneness as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small nonstick saucepan, cook onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in tomatoes, oregano and cumin. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil 4 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Remove from heat.
  • 3 Drain pasta; rinse with cold water. Drain well. In large bowl, combine cooked pasta, roast beef, corn, chopped tomato, bell pepper and cilantro; mix gently.
  • 4 Add tomato mixture; toss gently until well mixed. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until serving time. If desired, serve on lettuce-lined plates and garnish with tortilla chips and additional cilantro.
  • 1 Cook pasta to desired doneness as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small nonstick saucepan, cook onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in tomatoes, oregano and cumin. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil 4 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Remove from heat.
  • 3 Drain pasta; rinse with cold water. Drain well. In large bowl, combine cooked pasta, roast beef, corn, chopped tomato, bell pepper and cilantro; mix gently.
  • 4 Add tomato mixture; toss gently until well mixed. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until serving time. If desired, serve on lettuce-lined plates and garnish with tortilla chips and additional cilantro.

Expert Tips

Also known as fresh coriander or Chinese parsley, cilantro lends its distinctive flavor to dishes with Chinese, Indian, Mexican and Southwestern inspiration. It resembles a more delicate version of fresh parsley but has a brighter, almost citrusy flavor. Those who dislike this assertive herb describe it as metallic or soapy tasting.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 2 Cups
Calories
400
Calories from Fat
80
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
14%
Saturated Fat
2g
10%
Cholesterol
55mg
18%
Sodium
800mg
33%
Total Carbohydrate
52g
17%
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
Sugars
7g
7%
Protein
27g
27%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
25%
25%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
25%
25%
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable; 2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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