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Haystack Supper Recipe
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Haystack Supper Recipe

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Served as the main dish at our family reunion buffet, this flavorful layered taco-style dish is a crowd-pleaser. Folks are pleasantly surprised to find a rice layer, and everyone enjoys the creamy cheese sauce. —Jill Steiner, Hancock, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups crushed saltines (about 40 crackers)
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • Seasoned salt, salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1 package (14-1/2 ounces) tortilla chips


  1. Divide crackers between two ungreased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Top each with rice.
  2. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomato juice, water and seasonings; simmer for 15-20 minutes. Spoon over rice. Sprinkle with lettuce and tomatoes.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Reduce heat; stir in Velveeta cheese until melted. Pour over the tomatoes. Top with cheddar cheese and olives. Serve with chips. Refrigerate any leftovers. Yield: 2 casseroles (6 servings each).
Originally published as Haystack Supper in Taste of Home June/July 1999, p37

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Reviewed Mar. 9, 2016

"This is a great way to serve Tex-Mex and the addition of rice makes it perfect!"

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"this is great dish very easy to make.taste so good use the olives makes it so much the better"

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"Excellent dish! I would use as an appetizer maybe. Delicious!"

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"The guys in our family really, really love this!"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2009

"This is a delicious addition to any meal and I'm very okay with it. My family loves it and we'll be keeping this recipe."

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