Growing up, this was the meal I always wanted on my birthday. Mother made the sauce from scratch, but I use store-bought spaghetti sauce to save time. Replace the ground beef with Italian sausage for more spice. —Deb Morrison, Skiatook, Oklahoma
My family first tasted this rich, classic lasagna at a friend's home on Christmas Eve. We were so impressed that it became our own holiday tradition as well. I also prepare it other times of the year. It's requested often by my sister's Italian in-laws—I consider that the highest compliment! —Lorri Foockle, Granville, Illinois
If you like foods with Southwestern flair, this just might become a new favorite. Loaded with cheese, meat and beans, the layered casserole comes together in a snap. There are never any leftovers when I take this dish to potlucks. —Terri Keenan
I like to fix the chunky meat sauce for this dish the day before, so the flavors can blend. It serves 12, unless you have big eaters who will definitely want seconds. —Betty Pearson, Edgewater, Maryland
This recipe is one of my mom's specialties. It's a hearty main dish that gets requested time and time again. The from-scratch sauce makes each cheesy slice extra flavorful and softer-textured than other versions.—Kim Orr, West Grove, Pennsylvania
“I found a similar recipe on-line and when I finished adjusting it, this was the result," notes Lynn Smith of Warrensburg, Missouri. "It was an instant hit with my family! They love spicy food, and this simple lasagna has become a new favorite.”
This recipe is simple enough for a young cook—such as my 12-year-old daughter—but it'll satisfy the heartiest appetites. And Mexican Lasagna looks as great as it tastes. This south-of-the-border-style casserole is a family favorite in our Southern home—give it a try!
"This is a variation on a lasagna dish a co-worker made for a company potluck," says Colleen Wolfisberg, who usually doubles the recipe. "When I was expecting our third son, I often prepared meals and froze them," recalls the Everson, Washington cook. "It was so nice to have a substantial entree like this one to bake."
I came up with this "short-cut" lasagna one day when the dinner hour was fast approaching and all I had in the freezer was some frozen ravioli. Now I make it often, and my husband and son devour it.
-Anne Plesmid, Sagamore Hills, Ohio