Habanero Southwest Pasta Salad

This spicy pasta salad is filled with bold flavor and fresh ingredients. Combining pasta, black beans, corn, tomato and fresh avocado with a creamy spicy dressing this summer pasta salad is sure to become your favorite summer dish. 

habanero southwest pasta salad




For this easy on the go recipe, I used the El Yucateco® Caribbean Habanero sauce with a perfect blend of yellow habanero peppers and fresh carrots, its slightly sweet flavor and mild heat make it perfect to make the dressing for this pasta salad adding lots of flavor and just the right amount of heat. But you can use any Habanero hot sauce. 

habanero southwest pasta salad


Spicy Habanero Southwest Pasta Salad


  • 1 8 ounce package pasta
  • 1 15 ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup sweet corn
  • grape tomatoes quartered
  • ¼ cup diced sweet peppers (green, yellow, orange, red)
  • 1/4 cup fresh diced cilantro

habanero southwest pasta salad

Creamy Habanero Dressing

  • 3/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons El Yucateco Habanero hot sauce (or your favorite habanero hot sauce)
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste


  • Diced avocado
  • Fresh cilantro

habanero southwest pasta salad
• Cook pasta according to directions on package. Transfer to a strainer and rinse with cool water then transfer to a large bowl.
• Add black beans, corn, tomatoes, sweet peppers and cilantro and gently stir to combine all of the ingredients.
• In a separate bowl combine the greek yogurt, lime juice, El Yucateco® Caribbean Sauce cumin, oregano, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix until well combined.

habanero southwest pasta salad
• Add dressing to pasta and stir well to combine and coat all of the pasta.
• Cover and refrigerate for an hour, then serve cold.
• Can be made up to one day ahead of time, just give it a stir before serving.
• Garnish with avocado, extra cilantro or green onions

habanero southwest pasta salad




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25 thoughts on “Habanero Southwest Pasta Salad”

  1. Oh yeah, that would be a hit around here. We always serve pasta salad when we cookout – which it pretty much all summer long 🙂

  2. This pasta salad rocks. I can’t wait to make it for some of the many cookouts we will be hosting this summer.

  3. Can’t go wrong with any pasta dish. Staple of summer BBQ and get togethers. Like the southwest flavors and I always have black beans available.

  4. I have a few friends that I absolutely love hot food. I don’t think I’ve heard of this brand before but I do know that with my friends coming from memorial day and will have to go out look for it. I know they would like it.

  5. We love pasta salads in our house too. I think your recipe will be a hit. Pasta salad with a spicy twist would be an interesting one to try, and of course, the addition of avocados guarantee a really healthy yummy salad!

  6. Oh yum! That pasta salad looks absolutely delicious I am going to recreate it.
    I have only even been to on each concert but I enjoyed every minute of it and hope to do more in the future

  7. These salads in the jars are an awesome idea. I will have to make this Spicy Habanero Southwest Pasta Salad recipe. My family loves spicy foods. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  8. Yay, I’m an pasta fan – big one actually and I have never tried to prepare it this way. I guess I need to tell my wife asap to prepare one like this for a dinner tomorrow 🙂


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