Haystacks were a staple of my youth. I spent every summer outside with the Pathfinders, a scouting club for SDA kids. There wasn’t one camp out, BBQ, or A. Y. S. that didn’t include them, and the kid in me has been craving them something serious lately.
Haystacks are basically deconstructed taco salads: a bed of corn chips topped with lettuce, vegetarian chili or other taco meat substitute, cheese, salsa, and other toppings. They can vary quite a bit, but my favorites were always at the campsites when they cooked the chili in a pot on the grill alongside whatever vegetarian options were gonna be slapped on buns, and when the corn chips were Doritos! A mix of Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese Doritos, specifically.
I’d say most of us are looking forward to spending time with our families this summer; it’s been so difficult – impossible for some – to do it safely for such a long time now. This summer, PepsiCo wants to help.
With their “Let’s Summer!” campaign, Pepsi Beverages & Frito-Lay are partnering to bring back the joy of summer and provide fun all season long through prizes, activity ideas, recipes, and more!
Pepsi’s collection of beverages and snacks is perfect for any summer get-together. Y’all know I’m from North Carolina; did you also know NC is the birthplace of Pepsi? Well, it is. Pepsi’s been a staple, everywhere, all my life. There’s pretty much always Cherry Pepsi in my fridge, and Mountain Dew for my husband, and bubly in a couple of flavors for the kids.
Starting this month all the way through July, folks nationwide can scan the QR code on participating Pepsi beverages and Frito-Lay chips as well as on signs in your local grocery stores for a chance to win fun prizes like a portable Weber grill, beverage coolers, a family-sized tent, hammock, picnic blanket, and more! And not just once: those QR codes unlock a chance to score summer gear every hour for 9 weeks.
To kick off my family’s summer, I decided to recreate the campground Haystacks of my youth with my family this past weekend, using the same Frito-Lay chips I loved as a kid. We went to Publix to pick up everything we needed and took advantage of our apartment complex’s tiny, underused grilling area to make some vegan chili in a cast-iron skillet and char some red hots. Check out these deals from Publix: http://cbi.as/a3wgd
Then we piled our plates high, popped our Pepsi cans, and played Crazy 8s eating Tostitos Restaurant-Style Tortilla Chips and Salsa until we had gone thru almost the entire Family Sized Bag and I got tired of losing.
Look for the special Let’s Summer packaging on Pepsi, Mountain Dew and other PepsiCo beverages – and the coupons on them you can use to fully supply your next backyard get-together.
Make sure to leave a comment and rating if you try my HayStacks recipe, and then visit www.chipsnsips.com and enter your details for a chance to win prizes in the Let’s Summer Sweepstakes and find summer activity ideas and more recipes for your own family’s summer gatherings.