Timber 2 Table - Venison Taco Warm Pasta Salad

A little bit taco salad, a little bit pasta salad, it all adds up to a delicious and easy meal.

Venison Taco Warm Pasta Salad

20 Min

Prep Time

30 Min

Cook Time



Can't decide if you are in the mood for taco salad or pasta salad? How about both? This quick and easy weeknight meal turns your ground venison into a warm salad that everyone in the family will love. Top with sliced avocado, corn chips and diced green onions for extra flavor and crunch.

Top the salad with diced green onions, a sliced avocado, and some corn chips for a little crunch.

If you want the spice level kept low, look for a jar of tamed low-heat jalapenos. Want it even lower than that? Substitute diced bell peppers for the jalapenos.


2 pounds ground venison

16-ounce box of rotini-style pasta, cooked to box instructions

1 large sweet yellow onion or 2 medium onions, diced

1 cup jarred jalapeno peppers

2 packs of your favorite taco seasoning

8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved

4 cups shredded cheese

1 1/2 cups chipotle ranch dressing

8 ounces shredded lettuce


Sliced avocado

Diced green onion

Corn chips

Cooking Instructions

Brown venison and onion over medium-high heat until meat is brown and onion is cooked through. Add taco seasoning packets and a half cup of water. Reduce heat to a simmer.

While venison is browning, cook pasta. Drain pasta and transfer over to a large mixing bowl. Add the seasoned meat, jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, cheese, lettuce and chipotle ranch dressing. Stir well to combine.

Is it a taco salad or a pasta salad? Either way, it's good food.

Top salad with green onions, sliced avocado and corn chips for extra flavor and crunch.