Happy Halloween! Honestly, I look forward to Halloween because I know we are one holiday closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Halloween isn’t really my thing. I loved dressing up and carving pumpkins as a kid, but the fun was lost when princess costumes were replaced with sexy nurse/carrot/lizard costumes and Disney’s Halloweentown was replaced with Paranormal Activity 13. But I have a spicy hot recipe if you feel like making a special Halloween dinner. ;)

There is nothing inherently scary about this recipe, unless you are a nightmare in the kitchen….


  • 3 Cups Whole Wheat Rotini pasta noodles (elbow, bow tie, or penne would be fine too!)
  • 1 Cup Cooked Chicken Strips
  • 1 2/3 Cups Chunky Salsa
  • 1 1/2 Tbs Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Cup Corn
  • 1/2 Cup Fire-Roasted Tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 Purple Onion, diced
  • 1 Tbs Crushed Red Pepper

Cook pasta noodles, drain water, and pour back into a saucepan.

Over medium heat, add salsa, taco seasoning, corn, tomatoes, purple onion and pepper to the pasta noodles.

Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.

Before serving, add cooked chicken strips to the pasta dish.

I made this with a friend and we LOVED it. Such good flavors and colors. It’s got a South-Western kick to it, muy caliente! You could also add in black beans, jalapenos, and shredded cheese if you want to pump it up some more.

Now you should be set for whatever your Halloween night consists of! Tonight I will be going to a haunted house with some friends, and then scaring ourselves silly with a horror flick. Wish my little polar bear was here to cuddle with me:

Trick or (Dog) Treat?

Who am I kidding, this little socialite will be busy finding a way to score some Halloween treats of her own. Have a haunted Halloween >:)

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Posted on October 31, 2012, in Recipes and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Happy Halloween Kenzie!!! This sounds amazing and it will be added to our menu next week w/ the additional of the black beans! You sure do cook some very appetizing dinners for a college student!! P.S. Your polar bear makes an awfully cute witch!!! Yes, she will be begging for her own “treats” tonight. Love you honey!!!!!

  2. beautystillremains

    Another great dish! Can’t wait to try it.

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