Camping Haystacks Recipe
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Camping Haystacks Recipe

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Try this easy layered dish for a quick and easy meal after a day of hiking. —Gaylene Anderson, Sandy, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) chili with beans
  • 2 packages (1 ounce each) corn chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped lettuce
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream


  1. In a small saucepan, heat chili. Divide corn chips between two plates; top with chili. Layer with cheese, lettuce, tomato, salsa, olives and sour cream. Serve immediately. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Camping Haystacks in Taste of Home June/July 2010, p62

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ccolor1 User ID: 3534054 249577
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2016

"This was so easy, tasty and fun to play around with. I used 2 cans of chili, but different brands so the flavor wasn't overwhelming and the leftover chili is frozen for another day. Thanks for the recipe!"

karen walters User ID: 5323063 246390
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2016

"My family loved this. It was tasty and fun and gluten-free. It's great for families with a lot of foot sensitivities, since each family member can skip the ingredients they can't eat. They loved putting together their own stacks. We added onions and hot sauce, and did Fritos corn chips as a special treat. We haven't used it camping yet, but are really looking forward to that next summer. Having done a lot of outdoor meals, I recognize this one as easy and fun, but with to comforting warmth (w/ the chili) often needed to fill children and teens in cool evenings while living out of doors."

MY REVIEW User ID: 6468368 238845
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"Are Haystacks a cookie or a candy?? Please reply"

sarahlenjohnson User ID: 8139850 214018
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"I used to eat this as a kid. If you are on a budget you can substitute sour cream for ranch dressing sitting in the fridge and skip the salsa and olives if you don't care for them as i didn't. It tastes better than this recipe to me."

MissMies User ID: 7488872 131165
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"If you make this as a "Walking Taco" you can take it hiking. Just put the other ingredients inside a frito chip single serving bag."

randcbruns User ID: 828588 181286
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2014

"We call this Frito pie at home. This recipe is a staple in our home. It is the prefect quick meal on a busy night. You can customize it with so many different toppings and meat options."

FLC User ID: 7798304 108860
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2014

"We've always called this frito pie. A good meal in a pinch with onions and mexican blend cheese."

linkin6 User ID: 7424892 212119
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"I grew up having these in boarding school and still make them for my family today. They are super easy and you can make them many different ways."

rubnzrcn2 User ID: 4390449 115179
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2012

"mlujdu !!! REALLY?!?!... do you not have better things to do with your time!"

rubnzrcn2 User ID: 4390449 123719
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2012

"We call these "Frito Boats"... We slice down the long side of a frito single serve bag. Scoop in the chili, you can add what you like, IE: sour cream, cheese, onions, etc. We eat them camping, but they started at the snack shack during race season. Love them! (oh, I just don't get why some people rate a recipe they a: have never tried; or b: that they would prefer to make so many changes to it that it actually might be called something else. )"

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