Taco Suppers and Haystacks

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This is a favorite of the Eicher family’s and it is so simple it doesn’t have a recipe:)   She describes the pictured meal to me as hamburger browned with taco seasonings and then put onto a plate with tortilla chips, lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, shredded cheese with salt, and sometimes diced onions.  And since Lovina has a good crop of cucumbers this summer, she added some sliced cukes to the side. Doesn’t it look delicious?  I’ve written extensively about the increasing influence of south-of-the-border foods on Amish cooking and this recipe is yet another illustration of that.  The pictured recipe is sort of a scaled down and spicier version of a “haystack supper” which has long been popular among the Old Order Amish as a fun and easy meal.  Here is that recipe:

Haystack Supper

Soda crackers, crushed

Hamburger, browned, drained and taco seasoning added

Lettuce, chopped

Tomatoes, chopped

Green peppers, chopped

Onions, chopped

Spaghetti or rice or both (cooked until soft)

Put some of each on your plate, one layer at a time. Top with shredded cheese or a homemade cheese sauce. Also good to add is salsa or ranch dressing if you want to

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The Discussion


  1. The taco supper looks delicious!! I fix something on this order also adding sliced black olives and kidney beans. What is the tomato looking sauce Lovina has over the top?? It makes me hungry ~ I need to go fix supper!!

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    • Colleen, that could be salsa.Kevin you’ll have to be the one to definately answer that one!!

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  2. I have always wanted to try the Haystack dinner. What I like is that you can pick and choose which layers to add to your plate, so you only get the stuff you really like. One of these days I will get around to making this for the family for dinner!

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