Adventist Haystacks Recipe
I’m going to show you how to make easy Adventist haystacks! I use to grow up eating haystacks as my family brought haystacks to potlucks on Saturdays that we would eat together after church or Pathfinders, which is like the Adventist youth group.
What are Adventist haystacks? It’s a traditional Seventh-Day Adventist meal that’s essentially a taco salad and every area of the world has its own version and has endless combinations of tasty toppings.
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How To Make Adventist Haystacks
What’s great about making a haystack is that you can basically make your taco salad with whatever ingredients you want or have accessible as long as it towers up like a haystack. Haystacks were created by an Adventist woman named Ella May Hartlein, who brought together her favourite tex mex ingredients together and brought it to her church picnic potluck, thus creating this tex mex taco salad we call Haystacks.
The first thing you need to make an Adventist haystack are beans or chilli that you can heat up. If you’re making haystacks for yourself, you can just build your haystacks however way you want to make your taco salad. I usually build it with whole or crunched-up tortilla chips (or Fritos) onto the plate. Add chilli or beans and then top with veggies one layer at a time, finishing with salsa and/or sour cream and green onion or cilantro.
If you’re making haystacks for a potluck or gathering, put all toppings and sauces into separate bowls. That way you can put all ingredients on the table or counter and allow everyone to grab a plate and assemble their own Haystacks, by placing a hand full of whole or crunched-up tortilla chips onto the plate. Add chili or beans and then top with veggies one layer at a time, finishing with salsa and/or sour cream and green onion or cilantro.
Eat with a fork or use your chips to enjoy. It’s that easy.
Full Recipe Down Below
INGREDIENTS FOR HAYSTACKS:
- Tortilla chips or Fritos
- Beans, refried beans or veggie chili
- Bell Pepper
- Black Olives
- Cheese (dairy-free)
- Sour Cream (plant-based)
- Measuring Utensils
- Cutting Board
- 1 bag corn tortillas or 2 bags Fritos
- approx 5 cups cook beans, refried beans or veggie chili
- 3 cups shredded lettuce
- 1 red or green pepper, diced
- ½ cucumber, diced
- 1 cup corn
- 1 tomato, diced
- black olives, as needed
- Dairy-free cheese of choice, as needed
- 1 jar salsa
- plant-based sour cream, as needed
- Heat up beans or chili, and place into a bowl.
- Meanwhile, put all toppings and sauces into separate bowls if you're having a potluck allowing everyone to grab a plate and assemble their own Haystacks.
- To make haystacks, place a hand full of whole or crunched-up tortilla chips (or Fritos) onto a plate. Add heated chili or beans and then top with veggies one layer at a time, finishing with salsa and/or sour cream and green onion or cilantro.
- Eat with a fork or use your chips to enjoy.
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