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Southwestern Haystacks Recipe
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Southwestern Haystacks

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Original recipe makes 6 large portions Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown hamburger. Drain fat, add tomatoes, corn, and beans and heat through. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Cook elbow macaroni in a large pot of boiling water until tender. Remove from heat and drain.
  3. Top macaroni with meat mixture, grated cheddar, and a dollop of sour cream.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 09, 2008

My family really enjoyed this meal. I did a bit different, though. I cooked the ground beef with a teaspoon of minced garlic and about a 1/3 of cup of onions. I, also, added the chili powder and cumin as suggested by others. I went a little further and added a can of chopped green chilies and replaced the tomatoes with 24 oz. of salsa. I used rotini, bacause I didn't have and macaroni noodles. After it was done I topped it with crushed tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, olives, and taco sauce. Then I added chopped cilantro as a final garnish. It was delicious and dissappeared quickly. Thanks for the great recipe. We will make this one a lot.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 11, 2010

this came out really disappointing for us. I would not make it again. we did use a different kind of noodles but I dont think it would make a difference.


103 Ratings

May 14, 2004

I make a very similar dish- except I use a 16 oz jar of salsa instead of the canned tomatoes and serve it wrapped burrito-style in tortillas with the cheese and sour cream, instead of over pasta. It's fast and very tasty.

Jul 23, 2003

This is a great recipe especially with tomatoes fresh from the garden. I found that the beans should be drained. A little extra garlic powder and some chile powder really added a lot of zip.

Mar 09, 2008

Thanks to all the other reviewers for their great suggestions on improving this dish. I am not sure how I would have rated it had I done it as written. I added garlic and onion to the meat while frying and also added extra spices with everything else....a generous helping of chili powder helped the taste really stand out in this hearty casserole. I also cut way back on the pasta. Sour cream is a must to top.

Oct 24, 2006

We changed a bit as follows: browned 2lbs ground beef with 1/2 cup of chopped onion. Added the corn, 1 can black beans, 1 can rotel, and garlic powder. We then used Mexican-style shredded cheese for more flavor. Also, we reduced the pasta to 6 ounces. It was great. We ate it two nights in a row, then I took the rest to work for lunch.

Aug 31, 2006

This was a hit with my kids. I sometimes cook for our Wednesday nite get together at my daughter's home. I added 1 stalk celery chopped, 1/2 white onion chopped, 1 clove of garlic, minced, 1/2 cup of salsa, 1/4tsp celery salt,1/4tsp chili powder,just to give it a little more kick. Sour cream and cheddar cheese is a must.

Aug 10, 2004

The reviews make this a better recipe than the original. I wouldn't rate it quite this high except for versatility. Added chili powder, garlic powder, seasoned salt, seasoned pepper and cumin. The basic recipe needed help! Also, I would not use quite as much pasta.


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  • Calories
  • 877 kcal
  • 44%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 84.5 g
  • 27%
  • Cholesterol
  • 121 mg
  • 40%
  • Fat
  • 42.6 g
  • 65%
  • Fiber
  • 8.6 g
  • 35%
  • Protein
  • 39.2 g
  • 78%
  • Sodium
  • 844 mg
  • 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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