Mexican Hay Stacks

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Mexican Hay Stacks!


Usually, when you talk about a haystack, you’re talking about the Hawaiian Haystacks. That’s just what I always think about. I seriously only learned about Hawaiian haystacks about 6 years ago and I like them a lot. I like that they are easy to throw together pretty fast and my kids like it.

Tonight, I wanted to try a different haystack variation, The Mexican Haystack! Honestly, my kids LOVED it! My husband and I loved it as well but mostly I was excited that my kids ate it all!

Today was a rough day for me and my little one. He is currently in the terrible twos so needless to say, I am tired and did not want to put much effort into dinner. What I loved about these Mexican haystacks is how easy they are to throw together! Seriously, so easy and they were delicious! Here is the recipe for you to enjoy!

Mexican Haystacks with Lime Rice

This delicious meal will impress the pickiest eaters in your family!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 people


Lime Rice

  • 1.5 Cups White Rice My favorite is Basmati
  • 2.5 Cups Chicken Broth I use Knorr chicken Bouillon and mix it with water
  • 1 TSP Cumin
  • 1.5 Cups Cilantro Chopped Fine
  • 1 Lime juiced
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil


  • 1.5 LB Ground Turkey You can use ground beef here if you choose.
  • 1 TSP Cumin
  • 1.5 TSP Garlic Powder
  • 1.5 TSP Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Can Tomato Paste Thin it out in a bowl with 1/2 cup of water.
  • 1 Can Diced Green Chilies 4.25 oz
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Pepper


  1. Add the olive oil in a small pot and throw in the rice. Let the rice cook and get toasty. 

    Add the rest of the ingredients in the pot. Bring it up to a boil and then reduce heat to low and cover it. Let it just do its thing in the pot for about 25 minutes. When the fluid is all gone, turn off the stove. Let that just sit.

    When the meat is all cooked, you can fluff the rice up.

  2. Put the ground meat into a pan and brown it up on medium heat until it's cooked through. Add in all the rest of the ingredients to the pan and let it simmer for a few minutes so it all mixes in.

  3. Grab a bowl and add some rice and meat on the bottom. Now you can add a bunch of toppings of your choice. 

    I like sour cream, lettuce,  avocado, jalapenos, shredded cheese, green onions, salsa and fritos scoops!

My husband kept saying how good dinner was tonight! The kids didn’t start complaining about not wanting to eat it. Everyone enjoyed it! I would say dinner was a success tonight!

I know you’ll love this meal as much as we did and I hope you give it a whirl. Please let me know what you think of this meal in the comments below!

This recipe was adapted from Together As Family. I did, however, change things to make it my own! Enjoy!


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