Coming out of lockdown means supporting local eateries and one that I always have and will continue to support is FreshMex so when the team at FreshMex challenged me to create a tempting recipe using their new seasoning kits I knew I was in for a treat.
Fresh Mex is an Aberdeen based eatery that was founded in 2015 and started their now established brand by delivering TexMex food at Aberdeenshire events. From there, their popularity grew through their use of fresh and quality ingredients to create customisable TexMex cuisine such as burritos (my favourite!), tacos, nachos and fajitas that were topped with lashings of homemade toppings that cater for all – from BBQ pulled pork to jackfruit – and now they have their own Burrito bar in central Aberdeen, as well as taking residence in The Adams bar’s kitchen.
Further to serving mouth-watering food, FreshMex also has a few items on offer such as their Lime Lager, a citrusy beer that is created in partnership with Brew Toon, the award-winning Peterhead brewery and of course their FreshMex seasoning kits packed their signature blend of spices, which is why you are reading now.
The FreshMex Rubs
There are two to choose from. The first is the Tex rub which will provide your cooking with a sweet yet smoky BBQ flavour and is a staple in their own menu. You’ll find the Tex rub within their FreshMex Grilled Chicken and BBQ Pulled Jackfruit options, as well as their fajitas and spicy fries.
As delicious as the Tex rub is, my favourite of the two is the Mex rub. In store, you will find this rub used within their Beef and Chorizo Chilli filling, which is a firm pick of mine, and the Chipotle Mixed Bean Chilli. This rub is sweet, mild and brings me back to my holiday in Mexico.
The rubs are incredibly easy to use and make home cooking a breeze for those who are looking to inject that TexMex flavour quickly and effortlessly into their recipes – perfect for those who are in a time crunch!
The TexMex Lasagne Recipe
I felt inspired to create something out of the norm with my FreshMex rubs and what came to mind first? A Mexican-style lasagne. Think traditional lasagne but instead of pasta sheets, you have tortillas and instead of the sauce, you have a chilli bean mix made with the FreshMex rub kit. Sounds pretty good right?!
And oh boy, it is. This filling meal is great to generously feed a family of 4-6 and is straightforward to recreate so even the most novice of home cooks will cope.
It’s a hit in my house and I hope it’s a hit in yours too!
- FreshMex Mex Rub
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1/3 courgette, chopped
- 1 small tin sweetcorn
- Handful of spinach
- 500g Quorn Mince (or beef mince)
- 1 tin taco or mixed Beans
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes
- Mature cheddar cheese
- Jalapenos, diced (optional)
- 6-8 mini tortillas, depending on dish size
- Guacamole and sour cream to serve
- Preheat the oven.
- Cook onion, pepper and courgette in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add in Quorn mince and leave for a few minutes.
- Add in tin of mixed beans and tin of chopped tomatoes and let simmer.
- Add the tin of sweetcorn and diced jalapenos.
- Mix the FreshMex Mex rub in with all ingredients in the pan and let infuse.
- Spoon a thin layer of the mixture into the bottom of a baking dish. Cover with 2 tortillas. Spoon another layer of the mixture on top and sprinkle cheese generously over the top. Repeat until dish is filled, ensuring the last layer consists of the mince and cheese.
- Place dish in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until cheese is golden.
- Cut and serve with a serving of guacamole and sour cream.
It’s as simple as that! The finished result will be bursting with TexMex flavour – it beats traditional lasagne in my opinion.
If you fancy purchasing some rubs to incorporate into your dishes, then head over to FreshMex and you will find the full list of stockists to allow you to pick up these wee pouches of joy.
And if you want to cook along with me, then I filmed myself making the FreshMex Lasagne over on my Youtube channel so you can see the steps involved – I’d love if you checked it out!
Check out my previous post here.