16 January 2015

Frugal Haystacks!

Haystacks are a family favourite and we enjoy them regularly. They're quick and easy to make and topped with lots of lovely fresh veggies they are the perfect easy meal all year round.

This recipe is one of the most requested from the Cheapskates Club Recipe File. Every time they are mentioned in a meal plan or a newsletter I get emails asking what they are and for the recipe.

Frugal Haystacks

2 tins baked beans in tomato sauce
1 tin red kidney beans (or dried equivalent, soaked and cooked)
3 tbsp MOO taco seasoning (or 1 packet)
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 tins diced tomatoes

Sauté onion, add taco seasoning and then beans and tomatoes. Heat through. Serve over corn chips or toasted pita bread or torn mountain bread (I've even put it over pappadums in a pinch) add salad to suit, top with salsa and sour cream.

I usually put the salad (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cheese, salsa, sour cream) out and let them make their own.

This makes a double quantity, so half goes in the freezer for the next time. Freezes well and it makes a great filling for stuffed spuds too.


  1. I wondered what frugal haystacks were, obviously not the haystacks that I grew up with on the farm lol.

    I like the sound of these. I am going to try this recipe soon, I think it should be a hit in my house :)

  2. Definitely not off the farm Tania! We had round bales so no stacks of hay for us thank goodness or I'm sure my kids would have been a tad confused when they were tiny :) There are some variations in the Recipe File and they're all good. I love Haystacks because they're so flexible - add something, leave something out, they still work.

  3. This is our go meal when we are busy. Healthier and cheaper than take away


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