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Mexican Pile Ups

by Laura

Today’s recipe is a twist on one of my family’s favorite meals, Hawaiian Haystacks.  These are called Mexican Pile Ups. Since my family loves them so much and also enjoys Mexican food, I thought a Mexican version would be fun for a change.

The sauce base of this is a simple ground beef/tomato sauce.  You serve the sauce over rice along with the toppings of your choice. We used shredded cheese, corn, green onion, sliced olives, guacamole, and sour cream.  I did make a complete list of toppings I think would work and included that list in the recipe below. However, I am sure you all can come up with even more items that would be delicious on these Mexican pile ups.

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Mexican Pile Ups


  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 3 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • cooked rice (at least 4 cups)
  • Toppings Choices:
  • grated cheese
  • green onion
  • diced avocado
  • diced tomatoes
  • salsa or pico de gallo
  • sour cream
  • corn (I would thaw frozen corn or use canned corn)
  • canned beans (rinsed and drained)
  • guacamole
  • sliced olives
  • crushed tortilla or corn chips
  • tortilla strips
  • cilantro
  • diced red or green peppers


  1. In a large skillet, brown the beef along with the onion. When beef is fully cooked drain off any grease.
  2. Add the cans of tomato sauce and taco seasoning. Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer for a couple of minutes.
  3. Serve the beef/tomato sauce over cooked rice and top with desired toppings. Serves 6.
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This is the original photo from this post. The above photo was updated in January 2016.

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Aimee August 31, 2011 - 8:14 am

Mmm mmmm! Looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to make this 🙂


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