Mexican Haystacks

  • Fun recipe
  • Vegetarian
  • Non-Vegetarian
  • 45% Hot

Recipe and ingredients

The kids and I ate dinner before my husband did, as he was out doing some yard work. When I first tasted it, I said, "Wow! This is like a party in my mouth!" Later, when my husband came in and ate his, the first thing he said - no joke - was "Wow! This is a party in my mouth!" Great minds think alike, I guess?!

So I present to you my version of the haystacks of my youth, Mexican Haystacks. You start with a base of cilantro rice, which is simply fresh cilantro stirred into brown rice. Next, add a layer of tender ground turkey that has been browned, then simmered with onions, garlic, and salsa to make it full of flavor. Then, top with the fun stuff: smooth avocado, crunchy red pepper, and sweet, juicy mango. Last, a few sprinkles of fresh cilantro on top, and voila! Or perhaps I should say...ole!

  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 cups salsa (I used Kirkland organic salsa from Costco)
  • 1-2 avocados, chopped
  • 1-2 red peppers, chopped
  • 1-2 ripe mangoes, chopped
  • fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Start your brown rice in a pot on the stove, or in a rice maker. Next, add ground turkey and chopped onion to a large saute pan. Add garlic powder and salt and pepper. When the turkey is browned, add 4 cups of salsa. Bring the salsa to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, chop the cilantro, pepper, avocado, and mango. When the rice is done, simply stir in almost all of the fresh cilantro, leaving just enough to garnish each dish.
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Customer Review
reviewer 8
Gerard B.

Everyone I know loves my mom's rice. It's full of flavor and can be sniffed a mile away. She always has to make a double batch for any get together because it goes FAST! I like to eat this with beans, or with lots of lemon. I sometimes also mix in some chicken and make it a single dish meal!

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John Butler

My mom has something similar to this that we always called Mexican stack-up. Instead of chicken we used homemade beef chili that was made in the slow cooker. We also added crushed tortilla chips, tomatoes, jalapenos and avacado. Good stuff and simple to put together.

reviewer 10

I made this tonight and it was wonderful. Thank you for the recipe. I even had a couple children try it out and not hate it so that’s a plus!

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Fort Macleod

awesome idea since i host girlfriends and friends quite frequently…thank you and i really am going to enjoy your site…