Tag: Quick and easy dinner ground beef

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.


Meat Sauce featuring Clarion Farms Beef!

We would all love to meet the farmer that feeds and raises the cows that supply our beef, right?
You should and you can!!

Photo Courtesy of Clarion Farms Beef. John and son John-Scott hanging out!

If you are in Pittsburgh, Clarion Farms Beef sells their family farm beef at the Pittsburgh Public Market on Saturdays. Shop local and buy fresh, no hormone, no antibiotic beef from a local family farm. True farm to table and focused on sustainability, Clarion Farms Beef sources local feed and mixed it fresh on the farm. Go see John-Scott! Bonus, the prices are incredible!

I paid $4 for the 80% ground beef (that yields about 2 tsp. of fat!! So technically its a grocery store’s 95% lean?)
And $5 for the most lean ground beef! (That yields about 1 tsp. of fat- which is 98% lean or almost no fat?)

The ox tail ($5) for a 1lb. package. Cook it all day for a tender finish!!

The steak? Amazing!! Just buy some, seriously, I have no words. (Imagine that!) Timmy Reynolds from Penn Avenue Fish Co. and I made Clarion Farms Beef filets and lobster live for Valentine’s Day at the Pittsburgh Public Market ‘s Ikea kitchen!

I bought some ground beef this weekend and put it to the test in a quick and classic bolognese sauce. Local, fresh, and delicious! This beef did not disappoint!!


20 Minute Meat Sauce
1 32oz. can Ciao San Marzano tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 small onion finely chopped
1 lb. Clarion Farms Beef ground beef
1 lb. of your favorite pasta, boiled until al dente and drained
1 tbsp. chopped basil
1 tbsp. chopped rosemary
1 tsp. olive oil
parsley for garnish



In your largest, deepest frying pan, heat olive oil and golden the chopped garlic.

Add onion and cook until softened and light.

In a separate pan, brown beef and drain.


Add beef, tomatoes, herbs, salt and pepper to garlic and onion mixture. apart

Break apart whole tomatoes with a wooden spoon.

Cook for 8-10 minutes until heated through and bubbling.

Spoon sauce onto your favorite pasta.

Always top with fresh grated parmesan cheese and Enjoy!



Clarion Farms Beef
On Farm Store The Beef Barn
82 Port Farm Lane
Clarion, PA 16214
Hours: Tuesday -Friday 10-5
Saturday 8-5
Pittsburgh Public Market
Saturdays 9-5

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