Friday, September 30, 2011

A Review and a Recipe: Texas Tamale Company and “Angela’s Tasty Tex Mex Lasagna”

It is an exciting time for me and my blog, "The Southern Fried Bride". This week, I am so happy to bring you my very first product review! In my "A Review and a Recipe" posts, I will bring you a food product graciously provided to me by a food company to try, and I will share the highlights of using the product in my kitchen and a recipe I created with the product or products.

The Texas Tamale Company, according to their website, first began in the early 1980s when a West Houston couple made a name for themselves making fresh gourmet lard-free tamales and fresh salsa in their home kitchen. As word spread of the great taste of these fresh tamales, the demand for a lard-free tamale grew. Enough interest was generated so that the couple began selling from a street-side cart on the far west side of Houston. It did not take long to outgrow their home kitchen and Texas Tamale Company. “The Mexican Deli” was opened on Fountainview, just a few miles from Houston’s prestigious Galleria area. Commitment to quality and customer service soon made them a well-known Houston tradition. Their online store is open 24/7/365. I love that they offer a great selection of gluten-free food products. They can ship their perishable food items in the U.S. and U.S. Territories only and can ship all their non-perishable goods anywhere.

I was very excited when they sent me a box full of their wonderful food products to try out in my kitchen!

Each of the products they sent me I found to taste like a South of the Border flavor fiesta. My favorite is the "Cilantro Sauce De Julia". I found it so flavorful with a great combination of heat yet also a tangy quality. Their products are perfect for all kinds of Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes such as tamales and enchiladas and also for using in other types of dishes, such as my recipe this week, a Tex-Mex lasagna. They are great as dips or adding to dip ingredients for wonderful spicy flavor.

Here is the dish I created using some of their wonderful products, “Angela’s Tasty Tex-Mex Lasagna”:

“Angela’s Tasty Tex-Mex Lasagna”

8 ounces lasagna noodles

1 pound lean ground beef

1 cup Texas Tamale Company Chipotle Pepper Sauce

1 cup Texas Tamale Company Cilantro Sauce De Julia

1 cup tomato sauce

1 pint light sour cream

1 package (8 ounce) shredded Mozzarella cheese (reduced fat Mozzarella works great)

1/2 cup shredded American cheese

Optional: 1/2 cup black olives, sliced and drained

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Spray 13 x 9 x 2 baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside. In a large skillet, brown ground beef and onion. Drain well. Return beef mixture to skillet. Stir in Chipotle Pepper Sauce, Cilantro Sauce De Julia and tomato sauce. Add black olives, if desired. In baking pan, layer 1/3 of lasagna noodles, 1/3 of meat sauce and 1/3 of sour cream and 1/3 package of Monterey Jack cheese. Repeat layers twice. Bake lasagna for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and top with ½ cup American cheese. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 8-10 minutes before slicing and serving. Serves 6-8. Enjoy!

If you are interested in learning more about their products, you can find them on Facebook at Texas Tamale Company  , on their website at  or by calling 1-800-882-6253.

Disclaimer: I received four food products from the Texas Tamale Company for the purpose of my honest feedback. I was not financially compensated in any way for this review.


  1. new follower from blog hop, would love a follow back!

  2. that looks delish!!! i love anything tex/mex!

    thanks for playing along in my *no more muffin top blog hop* -- you rock!!!
    misadventures of a chunky goddess

  3. I will have to order the ingredients for this lasagna. It sounds delicious!
    I am now following you on Weekend Gathering Hops. Please come visit me

  4. Hi! Thanks for stopping by today, and I just wanted to tell you that on Thursday's I have a meme called a Recipe Swap Meet. All we do is share recipes if you're interested. I'm going to refresh this page, because all I see is the word FOLLOWERS and nothing else. So we'll see if I can't force it out in the open. Thanks & have a great weekend.

  5. There we go! Hi I'm your latest follower. Nice to meet you. Monday's is our Monday's Music Moves Me or maybe as I said you might like our Thursday's Recipe Swap Meet. Hope you stop by. Also, putting up another give-away too, and you can browse around. Have a great day love all your recipes here I'd say. Hubby loves spicy food, but Spicy food hates me!

  6. wow, visiting your blog sure does make me feel hungry, everything you posted look delicious, i want to taste all of 'em :D

    anyway, visiting here from the hop + returning the follow..have a great weekend :)

  7. I love new recipes and this Christmas we are planning on a Mexican Food theme for lunch, so I may have to try these tamales out.

    Following you back from the blog hop.
    Note Cards and Photos by Theresa

  8. Hiya! This looks great!
    Thanks for visiting :D Following you back now and looking forward to reading lots more x

  9. Hi, Happy Hop Along Friday! I am your newest follower. Hope you can follow me back :)

  10. This looks really delicious ^.^!

    Stopping by from the Weekend Warrior Blog Hop, and I am now a new follower :D I hope you can stop by and follow me too :)

  11. Congratulations on your first review! Your lasagna sounds delicious.

    Btw, I'm hopping by from Weekend Gathering and hope you'll join my Autumn Blog Hop, too.

  12. Sounds so yummy!! I love trying new recipes!! I'm a new follower! Found your blog on Blog Hops Everyday!! Would love a follow back!! Thanks! Jess at

  13. Great review! Makes me want to try this product! and I am not a tamale lover! LOL...If you haven't yet, Please Follow back Parga's Junkyard Blogand on facebook as well as on my new networking site Like it Ladder Thanks!

  14. I had to pin this. Yum, thanks for sharing!

  15. thanks so much for stopping by my blog! following you too! you've got such a cute blog. LOVE this recipe. yum!!
    have a great week!

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