Mexican Stack Salad

Mexican Stack Salad

I devoured a Mexican Stack salad for lunch.  It has an odd combination of ingredients, but MAN, IT IS GOOD! The Mexican Stack Salad is perfect for pot luck gatherings.  If you have enough guests attending, each person picks one or two ingredients to bring to the meal.

Mexican Stack Salad


  • 2 pounds cooked ground beef with taco seasoning
  • 2 pounds cooked ground beef with taco seasoning (Yes, I wrote that twice.)
  • 2 pounds rice, cooked
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 box golden raisins, or dried cranberries
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 carton sour cream
  • 1 jar your favorite mild salsa
  • Large bag Fritos corn chips

This will easily feed a crowd of 20.  It's a great combination of flavors.  The trick is to convince everyone to put every ingredient on their stack.

I personally love the coconut, taco meat, Fritos, and cranberries together.  Doesn't that sound strange?  But I'm telling you straight up, it's soooo good!

  • anne


    • Tina

      Trying to find the original recipe for a passed on recipe, similar to this one. However, the handwritten one I wrote from a friend includes lettuce, tomatoes, and avocados. I wonder if there is another version?

      • I have no idea, Tina. This is the only one our Bible study liked to eat on more than one occasion.

        • Tina


  • Yes, coconut! Don’t leave out anything, unless you’re allergic, then okay.

    It is truely good, no matter how strange you think it sounds. Try it for your next big gathering, and taste it for yourself.

    Have I ever steered you wrong?

  • Nana

    It’s one of the best taste treats around. Our host home that served that also had chopped pecans….everything was so delic together.

    • The only times I get to enjoy this recipe is for Ladies’ Luncheons or Bible study meetings. Everyone brings one ingredient from the list and we all get to chow down together.

      I don’t know why I don’t think of this recipe for a regular party night, it’s really quite good. And it’s fun to watch everyone freak out over the combination of goodies, but then ultimately go back for seconds.

  • Brenda

    About 15 years ago I enjoyed this dish at a sorority function. I wanted to serve it at a gathering at my home next month, but couldn’t remember all the ingredients. I looked online and found this version, which is very similar to the one that I had enjoyed so much years ago. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I can’t wait to try this delicious dish once again.


    • Hi Brenda! This is one of my favorite potluck recipes. Be sure to let me know how it turns out for you.