Prep time 20 min
Total cook time 10 min.
- Tortilla chips
- 3 cups cooked rice
- 1 lb ground beef
- 3/4 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 1/3 teaspoon season all
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- dash or 2 of ground black pepper.
- shredded lettuce
- diced tomato
- diced onion (optional).
- Shredded taco style or cheddar cheese.
For the cheese sauce
- 1 lb. full fat American cheese (yellow or white)
- 1 1/2 cup water *see note.
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
More optional toppings.
- sliced mushrooms
- pickled jalapeno slices
- bell pepper chunks
- honey mustard sauce
- Ranch dressing
- Mary’s Sweet and Tangy Onion Dressing (so delicious with haystacks).
- Brown the beef along with seasonings.
- To make the cheese sauce, place the American cheese in a small saucepan then add water, baking soda and salt. Melt on medium heat, stirring frequently to keep the bottom from burning. Remove from heat and allow to cool. If a skin forms on top remove it to prevent lumps
- Assemble remaining ingredients and serve each one in separate dishes. Layer the Haystack onto your plate with whatever you wish! My favorite haystack starts with crushed tortilla chips, then rice, beef, and veggies layered on top. I like to top it all with shredded cheese, then cheese sauce and sweet and tangy onion dressing! Check out my Dessert page for a sweet treat to end the meal with!
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Note on cheese sauce* If using skim or great value brand American cheese the sauce gets a lot thinner. Use a cup of water and allow the cheese to melt then test it, the cheese should be thinner than the desired result (it will thicken as it cools) but not so thin that it looks like milk. If you end up with a sauce that is too thick you can add a little more water or reheat it in the microwave if it has cooled already.
The Basic Ingredients for Haystacks… You can add so many more if you want!
Fun Fact.. The Amish like to call this meal Haystacks because when a hungry Amish man loads up his plate it ends up looking like a stack of hay!