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Mexican Haystacks

This dish is rather like a taco salad served on a bed of rice. It is a bit of a twist on 'walking tacos', which are always a hit with the kids in my life.  It is also an easy meal to serve at a potluck...where guests each bring a different 'topping'.

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning (or 1 package)
  • 1 cup salsa (medium or hot)
  • cooked rice
  • sweet pepper (green, yellow or red), chopped
  • lettuce, shredded
  • black olives, sliced (optional)
  • Guacamole or sliced avacado
  • cheese, shredded
  • corn chips or taco chips, crushed (optional topping)
  • sour cream
  • salsa

  1. Brown beef with onion in skillet; drain.
  2. Stir in taco seasoning and salsa and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Place all the remaining ingredients in serving bowls on the buffet table and allow guests to assemble their own 'haystack'. Begin with a mound of rice, add meat sauce and then layer on optional toppings as desired.



  1. My kids grew up on this dish. It's good and nice for serving a crowd (or family).

  2. We have Mexican Stack a lot....and our home fellowship group loves it...we ea bring something to add to the stack and we love it.

  3. This sounds like a great Sunday noon meal idea!!!! I will definitely be making this Judy.

  4. This is delicious and I would like to thank you and all the ladies who share the wonderful meals on this blog. For Ellen whom I would like to thank for her very sweet comment recently. I really appreciate your kindness in doing that :) Wishing everyone a great week :)


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