HayStacks for Supper

HayStacks for Supper

This was always one of my kids’ favorite meals.  Savory Haystacks for supper, and sweet Haystacks cookies for dessert!!!!!  We were first introduced to Haystacks as a supper food when our family was invited to dinner after church.  It’s been a staple in my repertoire ever since. It’s similar to Frito Pie, but with rice and taco toppings.  And Haystack Cookies are my very favorite cookies that my mom used to make when I was a kid.  Want to butter your kids up for something?  Make them a batch of Haystacks.  You’ll have them eating out of your hand! Ha ha!




I make my savory, Frito Taco Hay Stacks from leftover chili with beans.  See my chili recipe HERE (it’s the second recipe down in the series on that page).


  • Cooked Rice (I love Green Chili Rice! Just make rice as directed on package, substituting chicken broth for the water, and adding a small can of green chilis)
  • 1 family size bag Fritos (regular or spicy)
  • Make a pico-de-gallo with equal parts diced tomato, diced green onion, and diced fresh jalapeno (stems and seeds removed); add some chopped cilantro, the juice of one lime, and a pinch of kosher salt
  • Chopped Romaine lettuce
  • Chopped jumbo black olives
  • Chopped jalapenos (fresh or pickled)
  • Chopped avocado  (or guacamole)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Make a dressing of equal parts salsa and sour cream

To serve:

Place a handful of Fritos on each person’s plate

Top Fritos with a serving of rice

Ladle on some warmed up leftover chili

Top the chili with cheese, lettuce, avacado, pico, cilantro, and black olives

Pour dressing on top






1 (11-oz) pkg Butterscotch baking chips

1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter

1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts

1 (12-oz) pkg La Choy chow mein noodles

Melt butterscotch chips in the top pot of a double boiler (bottom pot should have a few inches of water and be brought to boiling), stirring constantly.

Once chips have melted, remove pan from heat and stir in peanut butter and peanuts. Add chow mein noodles and toss gently to coat them all over completely. Drop by spoonfuls onto a foil lined cookie sheet. Allow to cool and set up before serving. May be refrigerated to hasten the cooling/setting up process in warm climates.

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”  

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (KJV)



A fun after-supper game for the kids… Make a giant straw haystack in the back yard and hide it full of plastic Easter eggs.  One Easter Egg can have a slip of paper inside with a picture of a needle on it.  Whoever finds “the needle in the haystack” will win a special prize.  All the other eggs can have candy, or trinkets, or even puzzles to solve – or that will lead them on a treasure hunt, or dares for the finder to act out in them.  The kids will have so much fun finding the needle in the haystack, solving puzzles, searching for treasure, and acting out the dares!!!  And when they are done, they’ll have a blast piling the hay back into a heap and pouncing into it over and over again.  Great activity for when you want to have guests with kids over.  The grown ups can gather around a fire while the kids are over yonder playing in the hay!


“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”  Mark 10:25


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About mrshlovesjesus

Hello, and welcome to my little cul-de-sac on the web. It is a delight to make your acquaintance. Before you read another word, please go grab yourself a beverage and something yummy to nibble on, and then come back, flop down in your comfy chair, and take your time reading the rest. OH MY…what is that little yumminess you have there? I’d love your recipe! Where do I start? I’m a fifty-something (shhhhhhhhh), still-doesn’t-know-what-she-wants-to-be-when-she-grows-up wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, niece, cousin, aunt, stranger, and friend, with a fiendish hankerin’ for spoiling people. I was born and raised in the fly-over country of Wyoming’s Rocky Mountains, which might explain my natural ability to fritter away hours dreaming up stuff to do (‘cause there was nothing to do except what we dreamed up to do). I’ve decided on the senior side of life, that my favorite things are cooking up something new in the kitchen, crafting something homemade for my walls, excavating treasures from the living words of God, tinkering a little bit in my yard and garden, and nurturing relationships with the precious people God has graciously placed in my life. I pray if you have stumbled here by some devine happenstance, that you will find a treasure and that God will get the glory. Please, by all means ransack through all my recent posts and try any of it out that you like. I’m sure it will all look cuter on you anyways. Someday I hope to hear all about it! The Father's great peace and blessings to you friend!

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