Thursday, April 8, 2010 know you're an Adventist, when.... know what a "haystack" is. And you don't call it "taco salad".

I'm not sure there's an easier meal recipe besides ordering takeout.....this is the PERFECT casual entertaining recipe, picnic food, meal to serve to a huge crowd, or a fun meal with kids.

It's also a terrific way to use leftover chili--meat or vegetarian.

Here's what you'll need:

As you can see, the proportions are very difficult to estimate because it's a "build it yourself" meal & everyone likes more or less of one thing.


Corn chips (we use Fritos)
Chili or beans (we use Bush’s chili beans or black beans, but pinto will do well too)
Grated Cheese (we use a Mexican blend or cheddar)
Chopped onion (if you are an onion lover)Chopped Lettuce
Diced Tomatoes
Avocado or guacamole
Sour cream
Black Olives

Optional, but delicious, add ins:
Chopped cilantro
Taco seasoning

Ingredients are laid out buffet style. Everyone gets a plate and goes through line, building up their plate & layering ingredients as they see fit.

You gotta live it to understand it. Haystacks are a good time.


  1. Also called a "Petro" :) Love these things.

  2. My neighbor told me it's also called a "Mexican Mountain"...ha!

  3. Sounds yummy! I'd call it a taco salad.

  4. Here in NZ (typical SDA) we call it Haystacks!! FAVOURITE meal!

  5. Aha! I just wandered on to your blog today via Pinterest, and as soon as I saw your blog name, I was like.."hrm?" Haystacks are one of our favorite meals, and I am frequently surprised that the rest of the world doesn't know about this dish! They are so missing out..

    Thank you for all the healthy vegetarian recipes. They look so yummy, and I'm looking forward to trying them out!