Haystack in a Crockpot

Looking for a simple recipe that is also comfort food?  Be sure to try this one out.  I used a 10 quart crockpot for this recipe.  If you do the vegetables the night before, be sure to put the carrots and potatoes in water.  It would be best to separate these since they are layered in this recipe… however, they do all get mixed in eventually, so do what you feel is best.


  • 2 lbs beef or mix it up – 1 lb beef or venison, 1 lb pork sausage
  • 1 small onion (to add to meat when you brown it)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 6 potatoes – any kind, sliced thinly
  • 5 cups sliced carrots
  • 4 onions (or more if you like onions)
  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 2 cans cream of chicken (or use any cream of whatever soup)
  • *optional – smoked paprika, garlic salt, pepper


  1.  Spray the crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.
  2.  If you haven’t prepared the vegetables, do that now – that way you can throw this all together at once.
  3.  Peel the carrots and slice – I used a food processer, and ours were maybe 1/4 of an inch if I had to guess… maybe a little thicker.  Add to water if you are needing them to sit a bit.
  4.  For the onions, I cut in half and then sliced them thin with a knife.  Set aside.
  5.  Wash the potatoes and if you have a food processer, that would be best to slice the potatoes thin.  If not, use a knife and be careful.  Place potatoes in water if they are going to sit, so they don’t get brown.
  6. Brown the meat that you have in a skillet on the stove and add diced onion and the minced garlic.  Once done, drain the grease and put half in the bottom of the crockpot.
  7.   Add half of the carrots.
  8.  Add half of the onions.
  9.   Add half of the potatoes – if you want to use smoked paprika, sprinkle on top (or any other seasonings you want to use).
  10.   Add one can of tomato soup and spread over potatoes.

  11. Add one can of cream of chicken (or whichever cream of soup you are using).  Spread over the tomato soup.
  12.   Add the remaining meat mixture on top of the soups.
  13.  Add the remaining carrots.
  14.  Add the remaining onions.
  15.  Add the remaining potatoes.  I also sprinkled more smoked paprika on them as well.

  16.   Add last can of tomato soup, spread over potatoes and last can of cream of chicken or cream of whichever soup you have on hand.
  17.  Place cover on crockpot and turn on high for 3-4 hours.
  18.  Once this starts to bubble, stir and as soon as the vegetables are tender, enjoy!


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