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Fiesta Lasagna

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 70 min. + standing


12 servings

Loaded with Mexican-style ingredients, this filling lasagna is sure to please the whole gang, whether you make it for your family or take it to a potluck. Every bite is delicious! —Karen Ann Bland, Gove City, Kansas


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 can (16 ounces) mild chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Mexican stewed tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup 4% cottage cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups sour cream, divided
  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked, rinsed and drained


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, salsa, chilies and seasonings.
  2. In a large bowl, combine Monterey Jack and mozzarella cheeses; set aside 1 cup. Stir cottage cheese and 3/4 cup sour cream into remaining cheese mixture.
  3. Spread 1 cup meat sauce into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with three noodles, and a third of the cottage cheese mixture and meat sauce. Repeat layers twice (dish will be full).
  4. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour. Uncover; spread with remaining sour cream. Sprinkle with reserved cheeses. Bake 10-12 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 373 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 838mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 22g protein.

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  • maley001
    Oct 16, 2020

    Excellent flavors!! Suggest Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies instead of the Mexican stewed tomatoes. A deep dish 13x9 baking dish is a recommendations for this flavor packed lasagna preparation! SUPERB!!!

  • Brenda MH
    Nov 5, 2016

    This is a good recipe, but I would make some modifications next time. I agree with the reviewers who thought it seemed too much like chili. I would leave out the can of chili beans- the can of refried beans is plenty. I would also make one-and-a-half times the amount of the cheese layer, because that kind of got lost in the mix. Be sure to use a deep pan, a glass Pyrex dish won't be deep enough for this one.

  • chellerain
    Nov 17, 2012

    Grammie1 was spot on--this recipe improves with each day. I didn't think too much of it when first prepared, but the subsequent leftovers were yummy. I don't think this will replace regular lasagna for me, but it's a nice alternative. I strongly recommend preparing a day or two ahead, and reheating the day you plan to serve it for better flavor and texture.

  • bellaboop1
    Oct 24, 2012

    This recipe is both easy and delicious. I usually serve it with sour cream on the side along with with hot taco sauce for those who want to add more kick.

  • Grammie1
    Apr 28, 2012

    THE best mexican style lasagna you could make! Combine Italian and Mexican with this recipe and you have a party! And as we all's even better the next day.

  • VictoriaElaine
    Nov 16, 2011

    My family loves this recipe. I love that it is easy to make & can be prepared in advance & refrigerated or frozen. I use petite diced tomatoes with jalapenos instead of the Mexican stewed tomatoes. Refried beans with jalapenos. Sharp cheddar cheese instead of Monterey Jack. I also love that it uses lasagna noodles instead of tortillas, which tend to get soggy. A nice alternative to burritos!

  • JessT2003
    Mar 16, 2011

    No comment left

  • vewebber58
    Feb 19, 2011

    This pretty much tastes like chili sandwiched between noodles. The cheese layers didn't stand out....the whole thing was smooshed together, with only the lasagna noodles being a recognizable layer.

  • krisank
    May 23, 2010

    Super Easy and tasty. I put the leftovers into individual containers and freeze them. Makes it easy to grab & take to work for a yummy lunch.

  • elena332
    Apr 26, 2010

    My family absoultely loved it. Only downer is how long it takes to make, but I will still be making it again.