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July 9, 2012

When I was in High School, I went on a 4-H Exchange trip to Tennessee.  The family I stayed with introduced me to Haystacks.  Corn chips, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, peppers (hot and/or mild), taco meat, cheese, salsa, and sour cream layered on a plate to resemble a haystack or a crumbled up taco.  Note to the younger folks reading this; it was years before the “taco salad” made it appearance on menus everywhere.  I loved haystacks and they became a regular in our rotation of meals.  My family still loves haystacks.  I have changed from using the taco seasoning packet to my own version of taco meat.  You can use ground beef, but we like it just as well with ground turkey. This is a fun meal for the kids as they can stack it up anyway they want it.  So set out the toppings and let them at it.

Turkey Taco Meat

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 3 T. grated onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 T. tomato paste
  • ¼ C. water

In large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, brown the turkey in the olive oil.  When browned add onion and garlic.  Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients.  Stir to combine and simmer for 8-10 minutes.  Add a little water if necessary.  Serve in haystacks, tacos, burritos, or taco salad.


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