Saturday, February 15, 2014

Haystacks (aka Walking Tacos)


 This recipe is good for serving a crowd, great for parties, or a family dinner. It is easy, and can be made ahead.  

Meat Mixture

3 lbs hamburger
1 green pepper chopped
1 large onion, diced
2 pkgs. Taco seasoning + 2 cups diced water
2 cans chili beans (mild)

1 cup ketchup
1 cup vinegar
1 cup canola oil
2 cups sugar (you can use less)
4 t. Worcestershire
2 t. paprika
2 t. salt
2 t. dry mustard
2 t. celery seed

Step 1: Brown beef in large skillet.

I used ground deer meat, because, well, that’s what our freezer is full of right now. I just thought I’d mention it in case you thought the ground beef looked funny.
Step 2: Add onion, pepper, taco seasoning and water and cook until vegetables are cooked.
At this point, I added all of my ingredients to the crockpot, because I wanted it to cook for several hours.

You can just as easily do it all in the skillet for a faster cooking time. In the crockpot, you do have to continue to stir it occasionally, so it’s not one of those fix it and forget it type of crockpot meals. I also used homemade taco seasoning and used less water. I still had to pour off some liquid at the end, so you might want to eyeball the added water amount based on the kind of meat you use.

Step 3: Before serving, stir in chili beans and cook for about 10 minutes.

You can also save the beans to serve on top if you want, but I like them mixed into the meat mixture.

Step 4: Combine all sauce ingredients.
You may be tempted to just use taco sauce or something that doesn’t require mixing anything, but trust me when I say that this sauce is totally worth it and really does pull the whole dish together. Try it at least once.  

To Prepare

Put corn ships on the bottom, and layer beef mixture, lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and sauce. It’s sometimes called walking tacos because there’s one version where you just open up a single serve size bag of corn chips, add all of the extra ingredients, and then eat it right out of the bag. For a party, just set out all the ingredients and let guests build their own.  This is a hit for grown-ups and kids as well.

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