5 from 7 votes
Mexican pasta salad with chili lime dressing in a serving bowl with wooden spoon
Mexican Pasta Salad with Chili Lime Dressing Recipe (Sip Bite Go)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
11 mins
Total Time
26 mins
This make ahead Mexican pasta salad with chili lime dressing is packed with tasty ingredients. Flavor comes in every bite from the Mexican street corn, chili seasoning, lime juice, Cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro. It's a great Mexican side dish for tacos, potlucks and BBQs.
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 235 kcal
Author: Jenna Passaro
  • 12 oz corn frozen
  • 1 lb rigatoni pasta

  • 15 oz black beans drained
  • 4 medium tomatoes insides removed and diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 2 medium carrots diced
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1 cup cotija cheese crumbled

  • 3 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 3 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 1.5 tsp chili power
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp cilantro fresh chopped
  • 1 medium lime juice only
  1. Bring corn up to room temperature. There are a couple ways to do this. You can thaw the corn for a couple hours in the fridge (in a colander with a bowl under it to catch extra moisture), or run cool water over frozen corn in the sink. If you’re not serving the salad immediately, you add also the frozen corn directly to the salad and it will thaw in 1-2 hours the fridge.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add rigatoni pasta to water and cook until al dente. Drain rigatoni pasta. Drizzle a little olive oil on rigatoni and toss the pasta so it doesn’t stick together. Set aside in a large bowl.
  3. Add corn, black beans, tomatoes, red pepper, carrots, red onion, and cotija cheese to the pasta. Toss to combine.
  4. Make the chili lime dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the juice of one lime, olive oil, champagne vinegar, chili power, salt and pepper. Taste the dressing to see if it’s to your liking and make any adjustments needed.
  5. Toss Mexican pasta salad with chili lime dressing. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Mexican Pasta Salad with Chili Lime Dressing Recipe (Sip Bite Go)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 516mg22%
Potassium 537mg15%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 3725IU75%
Vitamin C 33.6mg41%
Calcium 124mg12%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.