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  • 8 ounces (two cups) small shell pasta
  • 12 ounces fresh Mexican chorizo sausage (about 3 links), casings removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup prepared salsa, preferably fresh
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped poblano or Anaheim chili
  • 2 cups cooked or canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco


  1. Before You Go: Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse.
  2. Crumble chorizo into small skillet and cook over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until browned, breaking up meat into small chunks with spoon. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  3. Put vinegar in a medium serving bowl. Whisk in oil in a steady stream until incorporated. Stir in salsa, bell pepper, poblano chili, beans, cilantro, chorizo-garlic mixture and cooked pasta. Chill until serving.
  4. When You Get There: Top with queso fresco and serve.
Recipe by David Joachim

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