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Mexican Haystacks

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Mexican Haystacks are like Hawaiian Haystacks with a spicy flare. Spanish Rice, slow cooker chicken and black beans, and all your favorite Mexican toppings from cheese to Guacamole.

The birds at this nest love Hawaiian Haystacks. They’ve been around forever, but sometimes ya need to change things up. That’s what happened last week!

A selection on ingredients in separate bowls

I was really craving Mexican food. (I know…what’s new!) Then it dawned on me… cause I’m SO smart (Yep, that’s me…so smart a few hours ago I was on the phone in tears with my daughter cause I couldn’t figure out how to make a file folder on my computer! Just call me Einstein!) …how about Mexican Haystacks instead of Hawaiian Haystacks?!

They were a HUGE hit! They’re fun, delicious, super easy, and great for the “picky” eaters at your Nest!

How To Make Mexican Haystacks

Place 3 frozen boneless skinless chicken breast, in your slow cooker, with 1/2 cup diced onion, 1 Tablespoon Taco Seasoning, and 1 cup of Red Enchilada sauce. Cook on low for 6–8 hours.

chicken breast, onion, and enchilada sauce in the slow cooker

After the chicken has cooked, shred it with a fork right in the crock pot. Add one can drained black beans.

Adding rinsed black beans with shredded taco chicken

Mix the beans and chicken together and heat for another 30 minutes. Doesn’t that look delicious?

While the beans are heating make a skillet full of Spanish Rice.

chicken and black bean mixture for Haystacks

Remember the “Spanish Rice” recipe the other day? I told you I had a recipe coming for it.

Is your mouth-watering yet? Can you just imagine how good that rice will be with your slow cooked chicken and beans.

Spanish Rice

The only other “prep” for this meal… the toppings!

Some of our favorites…grated cheese, diced avocado, slice olives, fresh salsa, sour cream, shredded lettuce, crunchy tortilla strips, diced cilantro, and sliced limes.

I place everything in bowls so that everyone can choose the toppings they want. (Notice the lovely variety of dishes I’ve acquired over the years. Truly impressive. Eat your heart out Ree! Lol)

Taco topping bar...olives, avocados, cheese, sour cream, chips and more

Time to eat!

To make a Mexican Haystack start with a scoop of Spanish Rice on a plate (You could just use your hands, but I’d go with the plate), then a big scoop of chicken and beans.

building a Mexican haystack. Rice, Chicken and beans.

Top with Lettuce, Cheese, Salsa, Avocado, Olives, Cilantro, Sour Cream, and crunchy tortilla chips. Squeeze a slice of lime over all of it.

More haystack toppings for Mexican Haystacks.

Why am I posting this during lunchtime? I’m hangry and drooling…(Not because of old age! Well….?)

I just love these Mexican Haystacks! In fact, the entire family LOVED these Haystacks! They’ll be making an encore appearance very soon! (It could be because I was applauding and cheering them the entire time I was eating! Lol)

Delicious Mexican Haystacks

Mexican Haystacks. The perfect family week night dinner. I’m off to get a mop…for the drool! Lol

If you like this recipe, here are some other favorite Mexican Main Dish Recipes

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Happy Nesting Friends!

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Yield: 8 servings

Mexican Haystacks

Plate with a Mexican Haystack

Changing Hawaiian Haystacks... To Mexican Haystacks! Layers of rich warm Mexican flavors!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes


  • 3 frozen chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Cup Red Enchilada sauce
  • 1 can drained black beans
  • 4 cups Spanish Rice


  • 1 cup sliced olives
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 3 cups grated cheese
  • Fresh or Prepared Salsa
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Large Avocado diced
  • Diced Cilantro
  • 1 lime sliced
  • Crushed Corn Tortilla Chips or Tortilla Chips


  1. Place frozen chicken breast, onion, taco seasoning, and Enchilada sauce in a slow cooker on low heat. Cook for 6-8 hours.
  2. Shred chicken with a fork in the crock pot.
  3. Drain and rinse black beans. Add to chicken in slow cooker. Mix well. Cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  4. Cook and Prepare Spanish Rice. (See my Spanish Rice recipe on blog)
  5. Prepare toppings.
  6. Layer with Rice, Chicken and Beans, and choice of toppings.


* See my easy Spanish Rice recipe on the blog.

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Nutrition Information:


8 servings

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 530Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 1125mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 30g

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