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The Best Ever Mexican Lasagna!

Truth. I have tried many different “Mexican Lasagnas” throughout the years. Mostly using leftovers. They ended up being a delicious undressed taco with layers, but honestly never blew my socks off!



So this time I had an idea. Why not add some yummy Brown Sugar Sriracha Glazed Bacon and see what happens. What happened was like the best thing ever! So instead of a very good cumin, chili powder seasoned garlic onion ground beef layer-kind of boring- we have crunchy bites of sweet and spicy glazed bacon throughout the meat later! Yikes! So good!



Like most lasagnas, the leftovers the next night were even better!

Here is the recipe…


Mexican Lasagna
Makes one 9X13 lasagna

2 tbsp. olive oil for meat and 2 tbsp. for casserole dish
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. Brown Sugar Sriracha Glazed Bacon (see recipe below)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp. cumin
2 tbsp. chili powder
red pepper flakes- for added heat
salt/pepper to taste
1 15 oz. can refried beans
1 cup corn kernels, frozen and steamed, canned, or fresh cut off the cob
1 cup Salsa Mojo Verde /your favorite taco sauce
1 14 oz. can stewed tomatoes
10 flour tortillas
2 cups shredded chihuahua cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
cilantro, garnish

For the Brown Sugar Sriracha Glazed Bacon
1/2 lb. thick sliced bacon
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 tbsp. sriracha sauce

Heat olive oil in a medium pan.

Toss onions and garlic with oil and cook for 3 minutes.

Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink, drain any excess fat.

Place meat in a mixing bowl.


Meanwhile, to cook the Brown Sugar Sriracha Glazed Bacon…
Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Place bacon strips in a single layer on an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet.

Sprinkle dark brown sugar.

In a top to bottom motion, squeeze a small stream of Sriracha sauce in zig zags.

Bake 13-18 mins. until glazed and crispy. (Remember, the sugars on the bacon will “crisp up” as they cool. Don’t think it will be crunchy when you remove it from the oven. I know it’s hard to wait, but don’t burn your mouth it will be very hot!!)




When cool, chop bacon into 1/4 inch pieces and mix into ground beef bowl.

Combine refried beans and corn in a separate bowl.

Combine stewed tomatoes, salt/pepper, and red pepper flakes in a bowl.

Combine cheese in a bowl.

Cut tortilla shells, 2 cuts into triangles.



Layer lasgna-starting by coating casserole dish with olive oil, then covering by overlapping tortillas until covered.

Next, add a cheese layer, meat, tomatoes, beans and corn, salsa mojo verde or taco sauce, followed by another layer of tortilla shells.


End with tortillas and cheese on top.

Bake 15-25 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Sprinkle with chopped cilantro.


Rosemary Shrimp Pasta

My food friend Tasha from The Food Tasters was coming over and we were baking with Wigle Whiskey‘s rums for a super fun event. Of course, we had to eat! So I whipped up a pasta with rosemary, lemon, shrimp, mushrooms, and tons of parmesan cheese. It was amazing!


The Food Tasters’ Tasha said it was her best meal in months! Good old home cookin’ is the best and I can’t wait to share this recipe with you! It’s so easy and absolutely delicious.


I served it with my favorite salad- baby greens tossed with candied pecans and dried cranberries and topped with a homemade honey lemon dressing! I am hooked on a local honey “The Wright Stuff” made by the beautiful beekeeper and WTAE-TV news anchor Michelle Wright! It is smooth and not too sweet making delicious dressings, sauces, and baked goods! Click here for the HONEY LEMON DRESSING RECIPE!


And oooh the pasta- Setaro pasta is my favorite dry pasta because it cooks up like fresh pasta. A little more expensive, like 5X, but it is so worth it! In Pittsburgh, I get my pasta at Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. in the city’s shopping district, the Strip!
Ok, I will stop talking…
Here is the recipe!

Rosemary Shrimp Pasta
(Feeds 6-8)

1-1/2 – 2 lbs. shrimp, peeled and deveined
8 tbsp. butter, melted, halved
1 lemon, cut in half
1 tbsp. rosemary, finely chopped, halved
1 pint mushrooms, sliced
1 2 lb. bag Setaro linguini/fetuccini pasta
1/4 cup white wine
2 tbsp. olive oil
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
rosemary springs for garnish
lemon wedges for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place shrimp on a foil-lined cookie sheet.
Drizzle half of the melted butter, half of one lemon, and sprinkle 1/2 tbsp. chopped rosemary on the shrimp.
Bake 7-10 minutes or until shrimp are pink.
Line mushrooms on a foil-lined cookie sheet.
Drizzle the remaining butter, squeeze one half of a lemon, and sprinkle chopped rosemary.
Bake 5 minutes or until fragrant and slightly cooked.
Boil pasta in a large pot until al dente.
Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil to a large sauce pan.
Add white wine, shrimp, and mushrooms.
Drain pasta and add to the pan.
Mix in parmesan cheese and coat.
Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish, and enjoy!