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Haystacks with Cheese Sauce

 Haystacks with Cheese Sauce
Here's a recipe from my daughter that has a lot going for it. It's simple to toss together with ingredients I usually have on hand...and it's fun at the table, too, because everyone gets to build their own "haystack"!—Dorothy Krauss, Halstead, Kansas
6-8 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground turkey or beef
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  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • CHEESE SAUCE:
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 can (11 ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • Corn chips
  • Cooked rice
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Picante sauce, optional

Directions

  • In a skillet, cook beef with onion until the beef is browned and the
  • onion is tender; drain. Stir in tomato soup, chili powder, oregano,
  • cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper; simmer until heated through.

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Haystacks with Cheese Sauce (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • For cheese sauce, melt butter in a saucepan. Add flour; cook and stir
  • until a smooth paste forms. Gradually add milk; cook and stir until
  • thickened. Stir in cheese soup. Add cheese; cook only until it
  • melts.
  • To serve, prepare individual corn chip "nests"; layer each with meat
  • mixture, rice and lettuce. Top with cheese sauce, and picante sauce
  • if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 366 calories, 24 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 84 mg cholesterol, 1,281 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 24 g protein.