Mexican Pile-On Recipe- For a Crowd or Fundraiser

by Margielynn

Mexican pile-on recipe is a definite people pleaser meal! It is easy to organize by everyone bringing one or two of the items. Great for large gatherings or for fundraisers!

Mexican pile-on may be served with Fritos or on a bed of rice, pile your plate with chili, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, coconut and other ingredients as you desire.
This is a great recipe to serve buffet style to a large crowd or for a Mexican fiesta theme party. You may prepare many of the items the day before.

I have planned this meal many times for family and church gatherings. It is an easy party when everyone pitches in and brings a couple of items. It is enjoyed by kids and adults!

Our family gets together on Christmas Eve every year, and we are totaling 45 of us now, and counting. We have Mexican pile-on every year! It is great because you can just keep increasing servings as the family grows! Of course, you must include your family's favorite desserts!

It's a great meal for a fundraiser. Serve a large chocolate sheet cake or your choice of dessert and you will have an easy but delicious meal.
Okay, let get this pile-on started, get to piling, it grows very fast!

Mexican Pile On

Mexican Pile On
Mexican Pile On


  • 4 pounds ground beef

  • 5 large onions, chopped, divided

  • 4 packages taco seasoning, dry

  • 1 pound bag pinto beans, dry, cooked

  • 1-14 ounce package rice, cooked

  • 1-24 ounce bag Fritos or corn chips, crushed

  • 1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 1 large head lettuce, chopped

  • 6-7 medium tomatoes, chopped

  • 2-2 1/2 cups black olives, chopped

  • 2-3 large avocados, peeled, chopped

  • 1-16 ounce sour cream

  • 1-16 ounce picante sauce

  • 1-16 ounce jar jalapenos, sliced

Optional Ingredients

Some people love these ingredients and other do not! These are for those of you who are adventurous!
  • 1- 18-ounce raisins
  • 1- 7-ounce package coconut
  • 2-2 1/2 cups pecan, chopped


  1. The night before serving; sort and wash the pinto beans and place in a pot to soak, cover with the water.

  2. Drain soaking water from the beans. Place in the crock pot or in a cooking pot on the stove top and cook.

  3. Brown the beef and 3 of the large onions chopped; drain off the grease.

  4. Add the taco seasoning and the amount of water in directions. Simmer for about 2 hours.

  5. Cook the rice.

  6. Chop the lettuce, tomatoes, black olives and the avocados.

  7. Shred the cheddar cheese.

  8. Set the bowls of Fritos or crushed corn chips, cheese, onion, lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, avocados, sour cream, picante sauce, jalapeños, raisins, coconut and the pecans in this order to serve buffet style.

  9. Guests serve themselves by layering the ingredients they desire.

  10. Number Of Servings: 18-20 servings

Tips From Margielynn!

  • Use this recipe for a large gathering. Have each family bring 2 or 3 items and line them up as stated.

  • This recipe may be increased to the number of serving you need.

  • You may delete any items that you do not like. I am not a fan of the coconut, olives or the raisins!

  • For a shortcut you could add canned beans into the meat mixture; I prefer a fresh pot of pinto beans.

  • If you use the small corn chips, you will not need to crush them.

Chocolate Carrot Cream Cheese Cake

Chocolate Carrot Cake
Chocolate Carrot Cake

What would be yummier than chocolate cream cheese carrot cake! The carrots make this a very moist cake, it has a layer of cream cheese frosting and topped with a chocolate glaze!

Ingredients for Cake

  • 2 cups flour

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 ½ cup oil

  • 4 medium carrots, shredded coarse (about 2 cups)

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • ½ cup powdered sugar

Ingredients for Chocolate Glaze

  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 3 ounces bitter-sweet chocolate, good quality, not unsweetened

  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions for Cake

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

  3. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, baking powder and the baking soda in a bowl. Place the eggs and the oil in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer on low speed until mixed well.

  4. Add the sifted flour mixture; beat until combined only.

  5. Stir in the carrots; divide the batter between the two pans.

  6. Bake for 30 to 50 minutes or until test done.

  7. Cool the cakes.

After cakes are cooled prepare cream cheese frosting.

Instructions for Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Beat the cream cheese and the. butter until smooth with an electric mixer; add the vanilla and the powdered sugar.

  2. Beat until creamy.

  3. Spread on top of one layer and top it with the other layer.

Now we are ready to make the Chocolate Glaze.

Instructions for Chocolate Glaze

  1. In a saucepan combine all the chocolate glaze ingredients; cook on medium heat, stirring until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.

  2. Remove from the stove and let the glaze cool a little.

  3. Spread over the top and sides of cake; chill for one hour.

Serves 6 to 8

Must Have Desserts, Lots of Desserts!

Our family love cheesecake with Mexican pile-on! We always have a scrumptious selection to choose from! From pies, cakes, candies to Christmas Cookies!

How to Make a Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

What is your family's favorite Mexican meal?

Updated: 01/21/2018, Margielynn
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Margielynn on 08/23/2017

Sounds scrumptious to me, I love white chocolate!

DerdriuMarriner on 08/22/2017

Margielynn, Sounds like coconut, olives and raisins are off-putting to you, just as bananas, dates and white bread are to me! What do you think the carrot cake would be like with white chocolate?

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