Did you know that September is National Family Meals Month?! Well it is! So I’ve been trying to create fun themed meal nights that get everyone excited about eating together. We don’t actually have a table to sit around (our house is TINY!), but we have been having living room “picnics” where we throw our phones to the side, turn the TV off and just eat together as a family. It’s been joyous! You can learn more about the FMI Family Meals program by visiting their site.
One of my family’s FAVORITE kinds of food is Mexican. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more! I lived in southern Texas as a child, and my husband grew up in Utah, so we’ve both got a taste for it. But as a mom with three small kids, it can be hard to get the time to make everything from scratch. I found these Hormel Taco Meats, and I just about went insane! I often Visit Hormel Foods for some Easy Recipe Ideas, and now I can create my own! They have chicken, beef and pork, and they are PERFECT for all my Mexican themed recipes!
I’ve made them into tacos, taquitos and other great family dinners, but my most recent creation was this super tasty Mexican Lasagne using the Hormel Pork Taco Meat!
This is such a simple recipe, and you can bespoke it with all your favorite fixings. I change the recipe up each time I make it, and now that I have easy access to delicious, seasoned, and fully cooked meats, I can keep trying new versions of the recipe!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 package Hormel Pork Taco Meat
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
2 C shredded Mexican style cheese
1/2 sweet onion
3 green onions
1 package Spanish Style rice
1 can hominy
1/2 C salsa
6 large flour tortillas
First, chop up your onions (sweet and green) into small chunks. I prefer a tiny dice. Then, drain your hominy.
In a large bowl, add together the pork, onions, salsa, cream cheese, hominy, rice and 1/2 C shredded cheese. Mix it all together until well combined. This will be your filling.
Now, to create the “lasagne,” cut your 6 tortillas in half for your “noodles.” Place four of the halves on the bottom of a casserole dish, with the flat sides facing outward.
Then, add a nice thick layer of your filling.
Sprinkle some cheese on top, as you would in regular lasagne. I stick with the Mexican blend, but you could use any kind of cheese you want.
Now add another layer of tortillas, filling and cheese and keep going until you reach the top. Finally, sprinkle the rest of your cheese on top.
Cover the dish loosely with foil and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for about 25 – 30 minutes. Then remove the foil and place on a low broil for another 3 – 4 minutes until the top is nice and bubbly. Let cool and then serve with your favorite fixings. We love avocado, sour cream and lettuce!
This is such a big hit with our family. And even better, the leftovers last for up to three days in the fridge, AND it freezes beautifully!
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