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reader recipe poll: mexican haystacks and mole sauce

Mexican Haystacks

Basically haystacks are a base of rice with a pile-on of toppings, similar to a taco salad.  Here was our buffet:

  • white rice
  • brown rice
  • lettuce
  • diced tomatoes
  • kidney beans (boiled in water seasoned with 1t. each of salt, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and cumin)
  • shredded cheese
  • mole sauce
  • fritos

Mole Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 1/2c. crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • salt to taste

In a saucepan, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is translucent.  Add in tomatoes.  Add in spices and cocoa.  Let simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.

I think they’re called haystacks because the rice looks like hay… or maybe because, as my sister put it, “you stack all that stuff up before it goes in your gullet.”  Either way, they’re delicious.

My haystack:

brown rice, lettuce, tomato, beans, mole sauce, fritos

Dave’s haystack:

white rice, lettuce, tomato, beans, cheese, mole sauce, fritos

The verdict:

We’ll definitely be making these again.  They’re fairly fast, customizable, and delicious (okay, maybe not the fritos…).  What toppings would you put on your haystacks?

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