Mexican Haystacks

 

This is the kind of meal you sneak bites of throughout the day.
It's a BIG flavor dish and 100% guaranteed to please! (Unless you don't like good food.)
There is something magic about the combination of the salsa, turkey, rice, and cilantro.
I know, it sounds kind of simple, but, I'm telling you, the end taste is something special! 
Not only is it tasty, it's healthy too!

This recipe is dairy free AND sugar free if you make sure to purchase sugar free salsa!
Of course, you can add cheese to it if you want, but the taste is so big you won't miss it if you don't.

I originally found this recipe here but have altered it somewhat to fit our tastes and budget.
We eat it over rice like the original recipe calls for, but I've been thinking it would make a good dip for parties. (So long as you serve it with some really strong chips!)

What am I listening to while cooking Mexican Haystacks?
Lysa Terkeurst's new book Uninvited. It's really good y'all.
I use my Audible app to stay caught up on my reading.

 I'm  hungry just looking at the ingredients!

I'm  hungry just looking at the ingredients!

 Color=Taste, right?!

Color=Taste, right?!

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  • 2 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 4 cups Uncooked Brown Rice (I just make 2 cups one day, eat off of it, then make the rest when the first batch is gone)
  • 1 Red Onion (large)
  • 1 Green Pepper (large)
  • Salt + Pepper to taste
  • 1.5 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 3 or 4 cups Salsa (don't want it too watery)
  • 2 bunches Cilantro (1 bunch per 2 cups rice)
  1. Start your rice by following the instructions on its packaging.
  2. Add ground turkey, diced green pepper, and diced onion to pan then saute.
  3. Add garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the pan with the turkey.
  4. When the turkey is browned add your salsa.
  5. Bring the salsa to a boil then simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes.
  6. Chop one bunch of cilantro then add to the rice for the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  7. You can form a neat little haystack with the rice on the bottom and the meat on top, or heap it all into a bowl! 
  8. Top with your favorite toppings: jalapenos, cheese, avocado, red pepper, sour cream, hot sauce, green onions, whatever! Or, enjoy as is, you won't regret it!
 
 
 That slightly resembles a haystack...right?

That slightly resembles a haystack...right?