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Mexican Party Food - Haystacks

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 5

How to Organize a Mexican Food Potluck -Haystacks

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Yummy Corn Chips for a Mexican Food Party Menu

Organize a Mexican Food Haystack party menu that everyone can easily contribute to. This is an kid and adult friendly healthy meal that can be quickly organized and assembled. Ideal for a Mexican food party menu where everyone brings something. No real cooking skills required!



Things You'll Need

  • Corn tortilla chips
  • Chili (vegetarian or meat based)
  • Cheddar or other flavorful cheese, shredded
  • Cans of kidney beans, chick peas or other beans that taste good out of the can cold or hot
  • Iceberg lettuce that has been rinsed, dried, and shredded
  • fresh spinach leaves
  • tomatoes, chopped
  • green, red and/or yellow bell pepper, chopped fine
  • White Onions, chopped fine
  • Green Onions, chopped
  • Black Olives, chopped
  • Carrot, shredded
  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Salad Dressing
  • Big Plates
  • Forks for eating (using hands is also allowed)
  • Serving spoons and
  • Lots of Hungry Guests!

Beans add to the flavor

Assign an ingredients to each guest. If you have lots of people coming, assign multiple people to each item. As host, you might want to make the chili so it can be served hot. You might assign cheese and olives to several guests due the relative cost. Assign the people with zero kitchen skills easy stuff like chips or cans of olives.


Cheese mmmm

At the party, prep any items that need to be chopped up, grated or heated. This can be a great social time in itself because the prep work can easily be shared.


Head of Lettuce

Arrange the ingredients in bowls buffet style roughly in the order listed above.  This way the guests can create a base of chips, than beans, followed by cheese (so it melts over the beans).  Than lettace base and smaller salad items, followed by dressing and/or salsa.


Any kind of onion provides zip


Guests go through line and build a "haystack" starting with a base of Chips, then add Chili and Cheese, then lettuce and other vegetables, the sauces and salad dressings. Any guest can skip any item they don't like.

Sour cream is a popular dressing for haystacks


Enjoy! (and head back for seconds it was soooo good!)



Jul 31, 2011 10:55pm
This sounds like a yummy and easy recipe! We love Mexican food at our house!
Dec 3, 2011 1:16am
It is great party food but also works well for just the family. Most people have all the ingredients handy.
Aug 8, 2011 6:55pm
What a good idea - having everyone contribute to the cost of the ingredients then sharing in the preparation and consumption. Great social time for all.
Dec 3, 2011 1:16am
I've used mexican haystacks many times at parties. Always a hit (though actually Mexican's don't recognize this dish).
Aug 13, 2011 11:23am
Nice idea. We have a Mexican themed party to go to soon so we'll try it.
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