Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad

The perfect combination of creamy, spicy, and delicious. This Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad will have you drooling before you even take your first bite. 

Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad

This week also brought a holiday for us locals around here, so of course a barbecue ensued. With burgers. And dogs. And this really really really good pasta that I contributed.

I wanted to bring something a little different than the usual pasta salad drizzled in bottled Italian dressing. Which has been a favorite barbecue dish in the past and I’m a big fan. But what I really wanted was a pasta with a little kick.

Enter chipotle.

This pasta salad was super flavorful and tasty. Everyone loved it and even the hubby was craving it the next day for lunch. Did I mention it was easy? You can even throw it together the night before. In fact, I recommend it. Because the flavors will have that much more time to mingle and get to know one another. And that’s a very good thing. Really wishing I still had some of this pasta now!

Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad
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Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad

Delicious pasta salad with veggies and a creamy chipotle dressing with a little kick!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Keyword chipotle, creamy, pasta salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Author Tiffany


  • 1 pound rotini pasta, dry
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 2 medium avocados, diced
  • 2-3 bell peppers, diced (I used red, yellow, and green)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 chipotle pepper, in adobo sauce


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Strain and allow to cool. To make the dressing, combine all ingredients in your food processor and pulse 1-2 minutes or until smooth and creamy and chipotle pepper has been well pureed into dressing. 
  • Pour dressing over noodles and toss to coat. Stir in cucumber, avocados, peppers, and onion. Salt and pepper to taste. Allow to chill at least one hour or overnight for best results before serving.


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LOVE that you put chipotle in pasta! Yum! Ha you can’t drive anywhere in separate cars now!

    I know! It’s already incredibly confusing… Which car should we drive? The Mazda. Which Mazda? The black one. The new one or the old one? The new one is really the older one! Ah! Ha ha ha. I’m feeling a lot of confusion in our future. This chipotle pasta turned out to be a huge hit!! Thanks so much for stopping by Miss Messy, I love reading your comments!! 🙂

Thanks Ruthie! Heading over now to link up at another great party!! 🙂

Oh my goodness… this pasta salad looks amazing! You’ve been Featured… thanks so much for coming to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell. stop on by and grab a Featured button and I’d love to have you share again 🙂 xoxo~ Ruthie

Oh my “goodness”, my 1st comment AWESOME!!!!!Made this salad for my hubby today 6-15-14
Mr. I don’t like “mayo” well let me tell you LOVES IT!!!!!! I Didn’t let him see the mysterious ingredient Lol, that was added. Wow & the Chipotle brilliant! Thank you so much for this new found favorite dish will follow you my new friend! Just learning & experiencing new & creative ways to prepare meals for the precious men in my LIFE! AGAIN THANK SO MUCH .GOD BLESS

5 stars
I definitely want to try this as I was searching for a good chipotle pasta salad. I bet a bit of cilantro would be good in it! And what about the avocado – it won’t brown?

Thank you!

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