I am not that good with crowd pleasing dishes - most things I make don't quadruple well and if you're Pakistani a small family dinner easily means 40 people and a whole bunch of quadrupling. Over time this cooking for a crowd has become a lot easier and I have fewer meltdowns (lol). However, that is in part because I have started building an arsenal of delicious recipes that are easy to whip together, make in advance, and double if need be.
This Taco lasagna is the latest addition to that collection. The components come together quickly and since you bake it the day of the event it tastes fresh and delicious. I make it with a side of a cheesy spicy garlic bread loaf (recipe to be posted) and a nice bean salad.
The best part is you can actually make this (minus the dicing bit) with a 1 yr old hanging off one hip as long as you give her a little bit of cheese to snack on. Oh and keep her away from the jalapenos if she is convinced all green things are delicious.
½ cup diced onion
1 lb ground chicken (or beef)
Spicy taco seasoning - 1 packet or make your own and use 3 tbsp
24 ounces salsa
1 cup corn kernels
15 oz carton ricotta cheese
1 jalapeno diced
2 cups shredded cheese - I used Monterey Jack + Mozzarella
Generous pinch of coarse salt and pepper
1 box oven ready lasagna noodles (you can sub w regular, just parboil first)
2 cups shredded cheese for topping the lasagna
Chopped green onions for garnish
Note: Most pans and lasagna noodles aren't friends. There is usually some rejigging and some swearing involved. To mitigate some of this lay out your (uncooked) noodles once in the pan to figure out how many noodles you will need and how many layers you will get so you can readjust layers accordingly. I am giving instructions for a roasting pan (what I use) and a 9*13 below.
Saute the onion in a little bit of olive oil until translucent, add the ground chicken and the seasoning then cook until the meat is browned. With chicken this is v quick. Add in the corn kernels and salsa and warm through.
While the meat is warming empty the ricotta container into a large bowl and mix in the egg, seasoning and diced jalapeno (deseeded or otherwise). Once well combined mix in cheese.
Drizzle a little oil on the base of your pan layer as follows - a ladle or two of bolognese, 6 lasagna noodles vertically across, ⅔ taco meat mix, lasagna noodles, ⅔ ricotta mix, lasagna noodles, then lasagna noodles, then the meat mix dotted with the remainder of your ricotta mix, top with cheese.
In a 9x13 baking dish, start by layering 4 lasagna noodles on the bottom of the pan. Next, layer ⅓ of the ricotta, ⅓ of the beef mixture, ⅓ of the salsa, and ⅓ of the cheese. Repeat the layers 2 more times.
When ready to bake preheat the oven to 350, cover the dish foil (tent to prevent it from sticking to the cheese) and bake for 35 minutes. If you don't use foil then you will end up with what I like to call extra crispy edges (I was out of foil the day I took pictures). Remove foil and bake until the top is nice and bubbly and broil for a minute or two.
Haha, with a 1-yr old hanging off one hip! I have to try this soon, looks super delicious!
at this point being able to cook with a one year old is practically a requirement! hope you do try it - so easy!
I am going to have to make this for my husband. His two favorite foods are tacos and lasagna. This will be happening!! Looks delicious 🙂
your husband and I have some things in common then, hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did!
This sounds easy to make ahead.. I am interested to know about the rest of your arsenal recipes 🙂 I've a problem - still- with crowed feeding. Thanks for the nice recipe.
Amira thanks for stopping by! I am going to post more soon (hopefully), but the Chicken and Rice multiplies well too 🙂
Sadaf F K. says
Perfect Party recipe and that too cheesy, who wont say NO to it? Love it!
This looks SO tasty!! I also have to tell you that I LOVE your tagline- I feel as though I am a bake by birth & a cook by circumstance as well.... GREAT way to put it!
Oh boy I am salivating! Been meaning to try a tex mex style lasagna for a while, you may have just inspired me to put it on our menu over the next few weeks 🙂
dedy oktavianus pardede says
Simply damn delicious and comforting taco style lasagna!!!
Teresa Blackburn says
Quite a clever idea and very delicious looking.
Looks delish! Can you freeze it and then bake when needed?
Hmm I don't see why not. I do it with other lasagnas all the time to good effect 🙂 Thanks for stopping by 🙂
I forgot to tell you that I made this last September and it was so so sooo good! I plan on making it again for a ladies lunch on thursday 🙂
Sarah Hasan says
Hi! Excited to try this for the first time for a dinner party. How long should I boil the noodles for it to be “parboiled?”
I’m so sorry I’m just seeing this but it’ll vary by brand and there are usually instructions on the package!