Mexican Lasagna Recipe
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
- 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
- 1 envelope taco seasoning
- 2 tablespoons hot salsa
- 12 ounces uncooked lasagna noodles
- 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided
- 1 jar (16 ounces) mild salsa
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
- 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1 medium tomato, chopped, optional
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in beans, chilies, taco seasoning and hot salsa.
- 2. In a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, layer a third of the noodles and meat mixture. Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese. Repeat layers twice.
- 3. Combine mild salsa and water; pour over top. Cover and bake 1 hour or until heated through.
- 4. Top with sour cream, olives, onions, tomatoes if desired and remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 5 minutes. Let stand 10-15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.
1 serving calculated without tomatoes equals 521 calories, 28 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 110 mg cholesterol, 909 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 29 g protein.
Reviews for Mexican Lasagna
"I made the recipe as instructed although my honey thought it called for too much water I thought it was necessary to help cook the noodles. It did turn out very tasty but it was soupy. Day 2 it was perfectly reconstituted and very yummy! I'll def make it again but if I was going to present it to company I'd cut back on the water or make it a day ahead."
"Family favorite. I have made this many times just like the recipe is written. We love it!!"
"I really wish people would rate the original recipe and not how they made it!"
"Very good. It's a Mexican flavored lasagna, which I wasn't sure of but it is good......we love Mexican food."
"Great tasting! The family loved this Mexican Lasagna and requested that it becomes a regular visitor to the dinner table. Tastes great as followed but I did add well drained can of corn to meat mixture.Next time I will cut back on the water by 1 cup, only because it came out a little soupy, otherwise I followed the recipe as written."
"This is not Southwestern (I'm from New Mexico) if it calls for lasagna noodles. I substituted corn tortillas for the noodles. Much better. You can either lightly fry the corn tortillas in olive oil and set them on paper towels to absorb the excess oil and then layer as the recipe calls for, or layer the tortillas with out frying. Much better."
"Excellent recipe! I added the two packages of taco seasoning, as others have done, and used a can of diced jalapenos in place of the diced green chilies, as my family loves spicy! This will be a regular in our meal rotation - thank you!"
"Awesome recipe! I made a few modifications. I added two packages of taco seasoning mix and two cans of chopped chiles. I used 4 tablespoons of mild taco sauce. In the meat mixture, I added salsa mild taco sauce to avoid dryness after baking. I didn't add salsa and water to top layer. It was one of the hit dishes for Christmas.."
"Very, very good!! Wife and kids loved this, great leftovers. I used regular Barilla noodles, amazed noodles came out soft, I was worried.I tried to follow recipe as listed but after reading reviews made a few changes which are necessary.Brown meat add a small diced onion, drain, then use 2 packets of taco seasoning, not one since it's 2lb of meat.4 tablespoons of taco sauce instead of 2 hot sauce because of kids.3/4 jar of salsa instead of wholeAdded a can of Rotella with cilantro and lime plus the juice with the salsa and water.Cover with aluminum foil to cook.When finished, topped it with green onions, olives and a diced tomato, cooked additional 6 min. uncoveredServed sour cream on the side.Let REST 10-15 minutes, a must!Great flavors!!!!!!"
"I made this yesterday for a potluck birthday dinner for a friend's son and everyone loved it! There were no leftovers at all. I followed the recipe exactly and it did not turn out soupy. I also agree with others about not rating a recipe you haven't made or altering it to where you are really rating your own recipe since so many changes were made from the original one that was posted."
"My kids loved this! I loved the fact that I did not have to pre-cook the lasagna noodles. I followed the directions pretty closely and my kids really loved the beef, bean and cheese combination. As a volunteer field editor for ToH I enjoy preparing classic dishes with a twist. Trust this five star recipe!"
"Very easy and very good!"
"Made last night and we loved it. Even my son who claims he doesn't like refried beans. Very easy to make. The lasagna noodles are what gives it that out of the ordinary taste. I did use medium flavor salsa instead of mild."
"I have been making this for years but instead of lasagna noodles I use soft tortillas. More Mexican."
"I like this recipe! quick and easy to make"
"So, so yummy!"
"Amazing dish, loved it!"
"This is great. I used no boil lasagna. You can add whatever extras you enjoy. It was a little like eating seven layer dip, lots of different flavors. Everyone liked it and finished it off. Our guests ate a lot and the kids all had seconds, not even complaining they saw some sour cream. My rating comes from if my husband and kids like it. I am finding the best recipes ever in this site for my picky family."
"Made this last night and really liked it. The only adjustments I made was using low sodium taco seasoning because I know how salty that can be. Good thing because it would've been overly salty. I sprinkled on a scant cup of the crushed chips and found that it does give it a nice corn aroma since I used flour tortillas. Overall it was very easy to put together. It does go well with chopped fresh tomatoes ."
"Very good and I will definitely make it again. The only comment I will make is that the 2 cups of water (mixed with the salsa and poured over the top before baking) seemed excessive as the finished product was rather soupy. I will cut it down to 1 cup of water when I make this recipe again."
"Loved that I didn't have to cook the noodles first. I used pork instead of beef to decrease the cost."
"Turned out super yummy and the whole family loved it!"
"My family has made this basic recipe for years only instead we used flour tortillas as the Lasagna noodles. Very good both ways."
"The recipe was very good however the ingredients, plus a can of black beans I wanted to add to it, cost over $35 at Publix."
"This was deeelicious! And I agree with Bill466...changing a recipe THAT much does not equate to the original recipe, Kandilicious. Jus' sayin'."
"Should the Colby-Monterey cheese of 4 cups be (32 ozs) since a cup is 8 ozs?? I'll give it a 4 since I haven't made it yet but, will be trying it this weekend."
"Kandilicious, read your review. While what you made is probably great, you did not make the same recipe -- you made a different recipe!!!"
"MY HUSBAND EVEN MADE THIS . I JUST READ OFF WHAT TO DO . WE DID ADD SOUR CREAM ON TOP AFTER IT WAS DONE INSTEAD OF BAKING IT ON THE LASAGNA.VERY GOOD"
"Tried this recipe and will be making it again Monday night for Cinco de Mayo party. Fabulous!"
"Very good...a family fav!!"
"This was so good. Everyone liked it. I also used ground turkey in place of the beef."
"Turned out great! We loved it!"
"are the noodles the oven ready noodles or are they just ordinary lasagna noodles"
"I made this for my card club and everyone RAVED about how good it was! It is easy to put together. I even refrigerated it first and cooked it later in the day. Turned out beautifully. The only thing different I did was to add a small onion and a few garlic cloves to the meat mixture. I'm getting requests for a copy of it and will definitely make it again!"
"I make this same recipe except I use browned and drained ground turkey with diced anaheim and pasilla chilies, jalapenos, white onions, and fresh lime juice and zest. I use a ground chili based seasoning that I created as my "taco seasoning" ingredient. A can of drained and rinsed black beans and frozen corn is added to meat mixture. Instead of lasagna noodles I use yellow corn tortillas and green enchillada sauce and layer as stated in the recipe. I omit the olives and top with cilantro, green onions, cheese, and tomatoes.....Served with rice and garden salad with cilantro lime ranch dressing. This dish is always a hit at potlucks and parties."
"Really good! The whole family enjoyed it."
"This wonderful recipe was my first "Mex Lasagna". Since, I made a few alterations: brown beef or ground seitan in onions and then add garlic and cook for 1 min. Stir in: salsa, frozen or canned corn niblets, 1 can refried beans and 1 can black beans, enchilada sauce, chiles, taco seasoning & heat through. In a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, layer corn or flour tortillas and 1/3 of meat/bean mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Repeat layers twice. I skip the step with the salsa and water.Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Uncover; top with 2 c crushed tortilla chips and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with olives, guacamole, tomatoes or salsa and Greek yogurt/sour cream, if desired. I serve it on a bed of lettuce or fresh baby spinach leaves.The meat/bean mixture is great for tacos, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, tamales, etc."
"So easy to make! This is Taco Night all wrapped up in a delicious lasagna. My husband loved it and so did my 3-yr old. Definitely a keeper!"
"The recipe, as written, was really good. I made this for the first time for an adult luncheon and it was a bit hit. I thought it was really tasty but a little on the heavy side. I think next time I make it, I will use a different type of salsa, like a corn and fire roasted tomato - any salsa with more vegetable variety. The olive/onion/tomato topping is a must and adds great lightness, flavor and color. I added a bit of fresh, chopped cilantro to it as well. Served with a side salad and plain greek yogurt (instead of sour cream)."
"This recipe was oh-so-good! I made it for Cinco de Mayo, but will definitely make it again before the next one! Very easy, too. I was worried that there was not enough liquid to cook the noodles, but it turned out perfect. And when you add the tomatoes and green onions and olives with the cheese, it was so pretty, too! Leftovers were great as well."
"I made this tonight, for Cinco de mayo tomorrow. I incorporated several changes that the other reviewers used, and it turned out great, with some to spare for leftovers. It is a keeper!"
"Served it to company everyone wanted the recipe, big hiy"
"I have been making this recipe for years since seeing it in a Taste of Home book. My family absolutely loves it and we have it at least once a month. The only thing I do different is to use just 1 pound of ground beef and one of those large 32 ounce cans of refried beans - we liked the lower beef to bean ratio. I also only put olives on half because we have olive-haters in our household. Other than that, this is THE BEST Mexican Lasagna hands down that I've ever had. It comes out perfect every time."
"This dish is pitch-in worthy! I'd share this with friends and family without hesitation. I substituted two finely choppped jalepenos for the can of chilis and would probably add more the next time I cook it. Used Mexican and Taco Cheeses, 4oz of taco seasoning from a container (didn't have a packet). Whole wheat lasagne was also used. Remaining aspects of the recipe were followed and resulted in a delicious delight..."
"What's not to love in this recipe? I used corn tortillas (6 per layer, overlapped) instead of lasagna noodles. I also substituted Cholula Hot Sauce for the hot salsa. Only used 3 cups of cheese, and 1 and 3/4 cup water with the jar of salsa. I was afraid it would be too wet, but it was just perfect! When the casserole came out of the oven, I sprinkled it with cheese and let it sit for a good 30 min to 'set'. I let my family garnish it themselves with sour cream, green onions and olives. Next time we will make some guacamole as a side! Hubby and daughter loved it, and declared it a keeper. It's not fancy, it's just good TexMex comfort food! Oh by the way...if you're on WW, it is only 8 PP per serving (if 12 servings) when made with 93% lean ground beef, full fat cheese, and 2 Tbl full fat sour cream as a garnish!"
"This is a great recipe, my entire family loves it!"
"Yum! This is so good. I added extra salsa to the meat as another reviewer recommended, also added a can of drained and rinsed black beans to the meat. Instead of the 2 tbls. of Hot salsa, I used taco sauce iI had in the fridge. The pan I used was a little bit larger than the recipe stated so I just used enough uncooked noodles to cover each layer. I left about a third of the pan without sour cream for my picky teenagers, but I put all the toppings on as stated on the rest of the pan and baked the 5 minutes in the oven. This does need to stand for a good 15-20min. before cutting into it, it helps to make nice slices! Enjoy, this is so good! I served with spanish rice and a green veggie."
"This is an easy recipe and delicious!!"
"I have made this a few times now and it is delicious, fast and easy!"
"The adults in our family really enjoyed it. Too much color and pieces for the little ones. We only had one pound of beef. Two pounds would have been better when it came time to spreading it out on the noodles. I also left out the chilies because I have a wimpy tongue. My husband asked for them specifically the next time."
"Only used 1 lb of ground beef and it worked fine. this was really good and was a big hit with the whole family."
"This is definitely a family favorite at our house! I've made it the way it's written, and I've also made it vegetarian style, using soy crumbles and vegetarian refried beans, and it was a big hit, too. Awesome recipe!!"
"In order to make it more Mexican tasting I used corn tortillas instead of noodles and omitted the water and it is delicious!"
"I love trying new recipes and this one was a hit with the whole family!!!"
"i have made this recipe several times and my family always loves it."
"This was wonderful! I made it for a monthly potluck get-together last night and it was nearly all eaten except for a little bit that I had to scrape off the sides of the dish which I will enjoy for lunch today! I used a Mexican four-cheese blend and also added more mild salsa to the ground beef mixture to make it more spreadable. I used more cheese than called for, too. I'll probably serve the sour cream on the side next time. This is easy and delicious . . . a definite keeper!"
"Definitely a keeper!! Mexican food is my favorite, and this was fairly easy to prepare. After reading other reviews, I was a little concerned about whether the noodles would be fully cooked. I added an extra 1/2 cup of water to the water/salsa mix and it turned out great! It was so good that my boyfriend and I both had seconds! I also took a piece to work the next day for lunch and it microwaves well too. Thanks for the recipe!"
"This was dish was simple and delicious - will make again and again"
"Delicious and easy! I used ground turkey instead of beef and just added some extra spices to compensate. The family loved it."
"So Yummy! It makes a lot. I loved that you can make changes to fit who you are feeding. I used tortillas instead of noodles and black refried beans. I will be making this often. Thanx!"
"I used about 24 oz. of crumbled soy instead of ground beef and reduced the cheese to about 2 cups. I also added 3 drops of Tabasco sauce to the 2 T. of mild salsa. Everyone loved the recipe! With only two of us, there was plenty for leftovers."
"Turned out very good. We like spicier food so I used a pkg. of hot taco seasoning and then used medium salsa. The noodles were a little more firm than my husband prefers so next time I'll add just a little more water and bake longer."
"This was an awesome recipe!! I love it because you can add so many different things to it and it still ROCKS!!!!!!!"
"I divided it into two smaller dishes and put one in the freezer. I put crushed tortilla chips ontop which was nice. I actually forgot to cover it, it still turned out great!"
"Both sides of my family loved this. I made it during the holiday's at the suggestion of my husband! He LOVES this recipe!"
"I used this recipe for a supper meal on a recent quilting retreat with friends. They all loved it and could not believe how easy it was."
"I happened to have slightly spicyCorn relish and my husband made guacamole. Excellent recipe will definitely make again!"
"I must try this recipe."
"I made this on 5/25/12 and it turned out great. The only change I made, I used mild salsa, omitted the hot sauce by accident, but I did add a can of Rotels tomatoes with green chili's. This was, really, really good. I didn't have a problem with the refried beans making it too thick, perhaps because I did add the tomatoes and green chili's. Will definitely make this again. Also, I used regular "uncooked" lasagna noodles. I covered with aluminum foil and baked for one hour. That's why the recipe calls for so much water and salsa, the you are using uncooked noodles. Don't worry. They cook up beautifully. Great dish and reheats great too."
"Fantastic! My stepson and daughter said it was really good. My husband liked it, but he said it was a little too spicy for him. It is definitely a keeper for me."
"I have been making this for a long time only instead of lasagna noodles, I use the large flour tortillas, cutting as needed to fit your dish. Everyone loves it. Serve with xtra taco toppings if desired"
"I haven't tried it yet, but if you use tortillas, which I plan to do, don't add the water."
"haven't made it but i was wondering..has anyone tried using tortillas instead of noodles? sound good though"
"I thought this recipe was pretty good, although I wish the layers didn't all have the exact same filling. I was a little skeptical of using the uncooked lasagna noodles, but they turned out perfectly in the end. The only change I made in the recipe was that I used 2 tbsp. of hot sauce instead of hot salsa. I also added my toppings (tomatoes, green onions, and sour cream) after I let the lasagna stand and cool. I did not heat it up further like the recipe suggested. All in all, I'd say this was a pretty decent recipe. My husband loved it and I will most likely make it again. It was a nice change from traditional lasagna."
"This is sooooo good! Halved everything, except the cheese (used 3 cups, not 2) and made in an 8x8 dish using 6 oven ready lasagna noodles. Cooked some onion w/ lean ground beef. Also bought medium salsa for the entire dish instead of hot/mild salsa as per recipe. Once cooked added more cheese, sliced black olives, a chopped tomato, green onions and fresh cilantro for topping, baked another 5 - 8 minutes. Served sour cream on the side. So tasty I'd serve it to company. Will definitely make this again!"
"This was an easy recipe & so tasty! Would be good for a potluck as it makes a lot...I will definitely be making this again."
"I followed the recipe exactly as recommended. It came out dry and not very tasty. While my family seemed to enjoy it. I, however, did not."
"Most ridiculously easy lasagna I've ever made! Absolutely amazing recipe! So yummy! Boyfriend gobbled it up and got seconds! And the best part is that is makes great leftovers too!"
"Only change I made was that I used oven ready noodles, and added onions and garlic while cooking the ground beef."
"I've been making this recipe for several years for my family and it is always a hit. We prefer it to tacos, and I think it's easier to make."
"My wife and friends loved this and wanted me to make another the next day."
"A+ A+ This was so good! I left out the hot salsa, we loved it. Will deff. make it again very soon!"
"Wow! My family loved this! Would agree that the beans made it a little thick. I think I will make with black beans next time and half of the refried beans. This is a recipe that I will use over and over again."
"I HAVEN'T TRIED THIS YET, BUT IT SOUNDS GOOD. I HAVE A PRAYER I SAY, EVERYTIME I GET A NEW RECIPE. MAY I LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO PREPARE EVERY RECIPE I HAVE. THERE'S NO TELLING HOW LONG I WOULD HAVE TO LIVE... I HAVE ONE DISC THAT HAS 1 MILLION RECIPES ON IT. LIVE ON GIRL"
"While I admit to tampering with the recipe because I prefer shredded beef and detest so-called 'taco seasoning', I still think that this is much more work that it's worth. It tasted just like so many other 'taco salad' or 'taco-bean dip' recipes I've eaten over the years. It takes less time to prepare a 'taco meal' with the same ingredients (sans the noodles, of course), which is easier to serve and more friendly to various eaters personal tastes."
"I didn't realize that the noodles were to be put in the casserole without cooking them first and so by the time I realized it I already had the dish assembled. I realized my mistake when I considered adding so much watery salsa before baking. In order to save the dish, I drained off liquid from my salsa-water mixture and added enough more salsa to make two cups. Thankfully, it turned out great!"
"I made only one minor change to this recipe. The beef/bean mixture seemed a little too thick and dry so I added a little tomato juice to it and we loved it. I used the regular lasagna noodles and I cut the recipe in half for the two of us. It was really good."
"I was VERY skeptical about not cooking the noodles beforehand and having to pour two cups of water over everything. I even boiled water before chickening out and deciding to follow the exact recipe. Good thing I did. I turned out WONDERFUL! So delicious! I didn't use the refried beans- instead I used a can of black beans and a can of drained corn. I used 2 packs of taco seasoning instead, because I thought one wasn't enough for 2 pounds of beef. I thought the cheese topped with the water/salsa mix would be too slimy, but it didn't even affect it. I followed the recipe for the topping, but also added some crumbled tortilla chips. I would eat this every day if I could!"
"I made this recipe for a potluck dinner and it was a hit. This is a keeper. I will never eat "regular" lasagna again."
"Hi Kensmoma, I havent made this recipe yet BUT, I am sure you are to use lasagna noodles that you find in the gropcery isle. They usually come in a box. The recipe calls for 2 cups of water and 16 oz salsa... this would be plenty of liquid to cook the noodles :)"
"This recipe calls for uncooked noodles. Do we need to use the no-cook variety?"
"This recipe calls for uncooked noodles. Do we need to use the no-cook variety?"
"I made this for a potluck for a staff meeting. Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe."
"I made this for a dinner at work and everyone loved it."
"I substituted the beef for ground turkey and the refried beans for black beans. I also used the "no cook" lasagna noodles. I've made this recipe twice now and it's AWESOME!"
"Excellent! It's easy & delicious!"
"Do you cook the noodles?"
"[quote user="bjshute"] Do you cook the noodles first?"
"I just tried this recipe and it is delicious. It also reminds me of nachos so I added shredded lettuce on top and crumbled up tortilla chips, and put salsa over that.Perfect way to make a different version of nachos. I also cut out one pound of hamburger since I really don't need that much meat anyway. I'll definitely make this one again!"
"I made this recipe for Cinco de Mayo. I only used 1 cup of water. Then added more cheese & onion to the layers. I served the sour cream/guacamore/lettuce/olives on the side. I served with mexican rice & the family loved it! Will make again!"
"You would use the noodles raw. That is why the recipe calls for pouring two cups of water over all."
"I have made a dish similar to this for years using stale corn or flour tortillas and canned pinto or red beans. Oh, and I usually use ground turkey rather than ground beef. Great to freeze in individual portions for a night when you don't want to cook!"
"I will not be trying this one :(Tried a similar recipe using jumbo pasta shells once. Couldn't eat it. I found that pasta is not compatible with Mexican ingredients. Too pastey. Especially if using refired beans. I do like the reipes however layering the Mexican filling between tortillas. "
"I wish I could find a recipe that didn't have all the hot ingredients mixed in with the dish before it's cooked. I know that the true mexican dish does not incorporate all the hot spices. Hot sauces are on the side and an individual adds accordingly to their tastes. I know the sauces are habit forming and we tend to add more thatn we need. This dish sounds good. I am going to have to experiement with the spices. I wish I would have had the foresight to have written down my grandmother recipes God, I miss her cooking"
"It's not necessary to pay more for "no cook" lasagna noodles. The regular ones work just fine."
"In the pasta section at the supermarket they have "No Cook" lasagna noodles. I'm sure this is what she used. Recipe looks delish."
"Can't wait to try this one."
"I'm going to say no based on the additional water that is poured over top.Sound delish!"
"She says "uncooked noodles" and she never says to cook them, so it has to be uncooked noodles. All that water is your biggest clue.mojazz"
"I am going to assume she used the noodles that don't need to be boiled first because it says to bake for an hour. I use these when I make lasagna. They cost the same as the others and the extra bake time is so worth not having to boin noodles first. Less mess to clean up too. I can't wait to try this recipe."
"Soooooooo do you cook the noodles or not?"
"Do you cook the noodles first?"
"I have been making a similar receipe for years. With mine I just mix the raw groud beef, refried beens and other dry ingrediants together then layer with the lasagna noodles. I will try some of the ingrediants that are not used in mine. I recently made it for a dinner held where there was not a stove. I put it in a large crock pot. Worked great."
"Sounds great! How about nutrition facts?"
"I make a similar recipe except I use flour tortillas to layer in the ingredients instead of noodles."
"I made this using black beans instead of the refried beans. I was very good."
"Did anyone Cover their Noodles before layering them with the meat?"
"I can't wait to try this!"
"This was very good, family loved it!CA"
"Awesome. Took to a family get together. My nephew said, "This is a keeper!""