Welcome to The Storied Recipe Podcast! This super easy Tex Mex Lasagna is the best dish to bring to a family in need - quick, freezer-friendly, and adaptable to vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free diets. I invite you to listen to my interview with Adina Bailey, founder of Take Them A Meal, while you make this dish!
Zero is the number of times I've made this Tex Mex Lasagna for another family and *haven't* had them ask me for the recipe! It's creamy, hot and bubbly, full of flavor - comfort food at it's best.
Tex Mex Lasagna: Easiest Meal To Bring Families in Need!
(Or Make Ahead & Freeze For Your Own)
It's very rare for me to share a recipe on this site! Instead, 99% of recipes you'll find here come from one of my global guests on The Storied Recipe Podcast. I'm sharing this Tex Mex Lasanga in conjunction with an episode featuring Adina Bailey, co-founder of the incredibly popular sign-up serve Take Them A Meal. This is my go-to dish when pulling together a meal for a family in need.
Tex Mex Lasagna freezes/defrosts without any trouble at all (you can cook even cook it from frozen). Leftovers are just as good as the first meal and kids usually seem to like it as much as adults. There are oodles of easy-to-no-prep sides that pair perfectly alongside the lasagna. Finally, this Tex-Mex Lasagna recipe is easily adaptable for gluten free, vegetarian, or dairy-free families.
Best of all, the dish is easy on you, the meal provider. It takes very few dishes and multiples without any extra effort. Make one for the family in need, one for your own family - and maybe even one to freeze for later!
Questions About Tex Mex Lasagna
What can I serve with Tex Mex Lasagna?
Depending on the size of the family I’m feeding, how soon they’ll be eating the meal, and my time for prep, I’ve added any combination of the following sides:
Pico de gallo (The Pioneer Woman has the best recipe!)
Guacamole (or just avocados to slice)
Pineapple, fresh (cut into chunks) or canned
Fiesta corn salad - just saute corn with diced red pepper & red onion
Jello (my mom always made Jello salad with Tex-Mex meals!)
Premade or homemade Tex-Mex salads
Cornbread or cornbread muffins
Is Tex Mex Lasagna spicy?
It's not at all spicy the way the recipe is written. However, you can easily adjust it to your preferred spice level with any of the following adjustments!
One way to amplify the spiciness in the recipe is to choose to chop a jalapeno instead of using canned, diced chiles. The latter are extremely mild. Jalapenos are spicier.
Of course, you could also substitute a spicier pepper - perhaps a habanero or Scotch Bonnet.
You could also just adjust the amount of chili powder or choose a spicier chili powder.
How many layers in Tex-Mex Lasagna?
In keeping with the simplicity of this recipe, there are just two.
Put a little salsa in the pan first, so the tortillas won't stick. Then layer tortillas, a thick layer of the hearty, creamy beef and sour cream mixture, salsa next, and finally cheese.
Then repeat. Super simple, easy-peasy!
Can I use frozen berries in stewed berries?
How can I make Tex Mex Lasagna gluten free?
Super easy change! Just swap out flour tortillas and swap in corn tortillas. Frankly, I prefer it this way myself.
How do I make Vegetarian Tex Mex Lasagna?
Another easy change. Leave out the ground beef and add a can (or two) of black beans.
How do I make Dairy-Free Tex Mex Lasagna?
Typically, sour cream makes this dish smooth and creamy. However, it's easy to achieve the same texture by subbing refried beans (possibly thinned down with a tiny bit of salsa) for the sour cream. As for the cheese, either omit it or substitute your preferred dairy-free option.
Learn More About Take Them A Meal
Adina Bailey, Co-Founder of Take Them A Meal, shares how this service that blesses over a million people a month began from a crisis in her own life, then while she wasn't even paying attention. Once the growth became intentional, she and her co-founder chose to build in an incredibly thoughtful & ethical way. One of my most encouraging and hopeful interviews ever!
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