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Favorite Mexican Lasagna Recipe

Favorite Mexican Lasagna Recipe

Tortillas replace lasagna noodles in this beefy casserole with a south-of-the-border twist. With salsa, enchilada sauce, chilies, cheese and refried beans, it's a fiesta of flavors. —Tina Newhauser, Peterborough, New Hampshire
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings


  • 1-1/4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 flour tortillas (10 inches)
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • Sliced ripe olives, guacamole, chopped tomatoes and sour cream, optional


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the salsa, beans, enchilada sauce, chilies, taco seasoning and pepper; heat through.
  • 2. Spread 1 cup meat mixture in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Layer with two tortillas, a third of the remaining meat mixture and 1 cup cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining tortillas and meat mixture.
  • 3. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese and top with tortilla chips.
  • 4. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with olives, guacamole, tomatoes and sour cream if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 448 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 1240mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 8g fiber), 22g protein.

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kmk1955 User ID: 6482151 247631
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2016

"I have made this several times for my family and potluck functions.....all with great response. The only thing I do differently is add a drained can of corn or fiesta corn for a little extra crunch, and because we are all cheese lovers....... extra cheese! With enough vege toppings, dinner is served."

dflack628 User ID: 6932371 241701
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"I made this tonight for our family of three adults and we all loved it. The only change I made was using corn tortillas instead of flour because I had some leftover from another dish that I needed to use. I used low sodium taco seasoning. The crushed tortillas on the top give it a nice crunch when you eat it."

Momi808 User ID: 8202653 217174
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

"Use lower sodium taco seasoning, I did and it helped to not make it overly salty as those seasoning packets always do. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed it. Also crush your chips very finely. Makes it easier to eat."

bishop6920 User ID: 1169657 102055
Reviewed May. 23, 2014

"This was a bit heavy. I used whole wheat tortillas and Italian sausage. Next time I would use more cheese. Family said they liked it. We also made a loaf of French bread and a spinach salad."

mrs._white User ID: 7182927 95517
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2014

"This was fantastic! The whole family loved it. I did do a few things differently-I skipped the chilies (since my kids don't like them) and I added a touch of cumin. I also skipped the crushed chips and decided to top it w/ a layer of tortillas, enchilada sauce, and cheese. I will definitely make this again!"

aleanak User ID: 692 94689
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"Great recipe. Made with corn tortillas and without the added calories of the crushed tortillas chips on top."

andipanda User ID: 7597067 168631
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

"This was great! I followed the recipe exactly except I didn't have black beans. I did one layer of flour tortilia on the bottom, instead of just starting with the meat on the bottom layer."

foodz User ID: 4801250 163072
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"I have tried many different mexican lasagne recipes, this one had everyone raving. Wonderful flavours. Guess it's a keeper."

transcona User ID: 1856120 163071
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013

"Made this recipe yesterday and was very good. Thanks."

mel'skitchen User ID: 5470011 94686
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013


mabelle2681 User ID: 6954844 163540
Reviewed May. 31, 2013

"This recipe has become a favourite in our house. I make it frequently now. What I've started doing is using shredded chicken instead of the ground beef, as well as using salsa verde and green enchilada sauce. My family likes it better with the chicken. Sometimes I will add a jalapeno for a little extra kick!"

Arctic User ID: 76280 168629
Reviewed May. 11, 2013

"Great flavor. Not a black bean fan, so used a can of chili beans instead, which gave even more flavor. I did cut the recipe in half for the two of us, and still made plenty. Will definitely make again."

apear User ID: 6688908 163539
Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"Everyone in my family loved it. It is definitely a keeper!"

Grandonna User ID: 4894237 163537
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2013

"I used Trader Joe's salsa, enchilada sauce, refried beans and frozen roasted corn. Also their corn tortillas. I even used their taco seasoning packet. This way I know that it's all natural. Excellent recipe. A keeper."

dihiggins User ID: 4211406 164927
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2013

"Its a good recipe but its just too much mexican!"

bravekitty User ID: 6499717 75895
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2013

"Great I do again thanks"

klego User ID: 7053275 168623
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"I make this recipe often. I usually buy the ingredients in pairs so that I have one for now and one for a back up of the dreaded "what's for supper? I'm starved" busy nights. Tonight I did not have black beans in the cupboard so Bush's Grillin' Beans Black Bean Fiesta to the rescue."

tc4dogs User ID: 7201933 148407
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

"We were looking for something different and this is excellent. Have made it twice now for guests. Doesn't disappoint."

cmanley97 User ID: 7179447 163536
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013


akoehler79 User ID: 2893559 118015
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Have made this several times. Whole family loves it!"

CallMeKylee User ID: 5793357 163534
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"Loved this recipe! I also omitted the black beans and added corn. Also used jalapeños instead of green chilies, as I love spicey food and it was awesome! Will definitely make again."

JimCakalic User ID: 5738306 164904
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2012

"This turned out very good. Used less cheese (2 cups) and omitted tortilla chips. Used green onions and added canned corn. Wasn't salty at all. Not sure where people think the salt is coming from unless they used salted tortillas and salted tortilla chips."

socfan User ID: 1072540 67340
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"I made the sauce the day before and was easy to put together the next day. My family loved it - - will definitely make it again."

Rwillisglassartist User ID: 6456252 163070
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"We absolutely loved this recipe! Very easy to make, and the goodies on top are an extra bonus (sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, olives)."

busymom3boys User ID: 6117485 94684
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"I had hoped this would be a winner for us due to the previous ratings but I was disapointed. It uses too many canned items to end up with a taste that is salty and not very good. My family wouldn't eat it, we pitched it after dinner."

preacherswife304 User ID: 6354465 164769
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"Well, my husband wasn't very excited about this recipe, so I decided to try it and see what he thought. He was surprised at how good it was! I omitted the black beans (personal preference) and used some extra cheese. I only used half the crushed tortilla ships called for, and next time will probably omit them altogether. Very good!"

Debbilou User ID: 1192746 94654
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"It's OK but a little too heavy for my taste. Very salty but of course this is all personal preference(-:"

JessicaLott User ID: 6189151 94683
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"I made this for my family over the weekend and they absolutely loved it! I did not change the recipe at all except for I left out the black beans because its just a personal preference. If you like Mexican food at all then you will definitely enjoy this."

joniotto User ID: 1827180 208652
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2011

"I made this exactly as written and our family loved it! It's just the right amount of spice and heat, and it goes together beautifully! Great recipe!"

durfeefam User ID: 2631932 67338
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

"We enjoyed this recipe!! Will make it again!!!"

slug9000 User ID: 3827284 95516
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"I liked this recipe. Very easy to assemble - took almost no time to put it together. It did taste a little "processed," I guess, maybe because of the canned enchilada sauce? In any event, it was easy to make and I will definitely make again. I used Morningstar Farms soy ground "beef" instead of the real thing - delicious!"

thekingsfive User ID: 1766534 102054
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"This dish was delicious! I was worried about the tortillas getting soggy but they tasted wonderful in the dish. It was very flavorful and the whole family enjoyed it. (:"

bgunlock User ID: 1913350 67335
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"This was the first Mexican Lasagna I have tried and it is wonderful! Great flavor throughout. I am going to make the meat mixture again and make empanadas with it. Thanks for a great recipe!"

MamaJulez User ID: 4890384 163530
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"I used reduced fat items where possible, and it was still delicious!"

belle770 User ID: 4333094 163068
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2010

"Everyone loved it! I omitted the black beans, since no one in my family likes them. (They don't like refried beans either, but did not know they were in there!). Can't remember the last time we enjoyed a dish so much."

americandoll User ID: 2577958 164767
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2010

"everyone that has tried it loves it. Big hit with my family, it is requested often."

ibavalanche User ID: 3529524 94681
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"This recipe is a big hit with my family. They love it."

jwallendorf User ID: 4455402 163067
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2009

"This is an awesome recipe my fam just loved it added a few modifications and the corn tortillas is a must plus a few shakes of cumin and I didn't add the black beans"

VeraM User ID: 738270 163044
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009

"These were very good but even better when using corn instead of flour tortillas. My family didn't like the slimy texture of the flour tortillas, whereas corn tortillas don't get that way. The flavor is awesome."

smfeldner User ID: 3400556 163043
Reviewed May. 1, 2009
MarciaBoone User ID: 1686526 148780
Reviewed May. 1, 2009

"How about downsizing this recipe for Cooking for Two?"

eagleswingz User ID: 976383 118006
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2009

"This turned out as pretty as the picture!I knew as soon as I took it out of the oven that it was a winner. This was very good, and very easy to prepare. Lots of flavor which my husband loves. My husband said he wouldn't change anything, but I might use just a little less refried beans (totally a personal preference) This turned out great and I will make it again."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 94638
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2009

"To alice_deloria:  Yes, the sauce is the meat mixture!"

alice_deloria User ID: 2223160 162853
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2008

"recipe says eo add 1 cup sauce to bottom of the baking dish boy, isnt the sauce the meat mixture?"

egosko1 User ID: 2872506 67334
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2008

"I made this at our house warming party and everyone loved it. I've had people email me for this recipe. It was really good and easy. I can't wait to make it again."

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 102034
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2008

"LOVED THIS RECIPE! Some at my house like it HOT and some of us not so much -- so I used canned diced tomatoes instead of salsa. Those who love it hot topped theirs with HOT salsa. Everyone was very happy! (When I was combining everything in the skillet everyone was scooping chips in and eating it like dip!) YUMMY!"

aitorres User ID: 2692046 164764
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2008

"Just made it and it tastes great thanx to your recipe!!!!!!!!!!!"

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