Taco Lasagna Recipe
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 envelope taco seasoning
- 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Mexican diced tomatoes, undrained
- 6 flour tortillas (8 inches)
- 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
- 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
- 1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add water and taco seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Stir in black beans and tomatoes. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
- 2. Place two tortillas in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Spread with half of the refried beans and half of the beef mixture; sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining tortillas and cheese.
- 3. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 9 servings.
Test Kitchen Tips
1 piece: 448 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 1152mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 25g protein.
Reviews for Taco Lasagna
"Fabulous! Make it just as it it's written. It needs no changes. Everyone in my family loves this and it's a nice change from tacos!"
"we liked this but i left out the black beans. it was a good meal and we had lots leftover. would cut recipe in half next time"
"I use Newmans Own salsa ( far superior in taste ...be careful it has lots of varities like peach or pineapple that do not go with this.) Try medium. Not too hot and definately more flavor than tomatoes. About the sodium content by I reviewer. Try making your own . There are Lots of recipes online but basically 1 T. Each :cumin, chilli powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and a scant TOregano. (1/4t. salt is optional. ) I round up the cumin just a bit and go a bit scant one the chili powder .But a mix of regular and chipolte chilli powder is good too. That will taste just like the envelope or BETTER according to reviews Plus no sodium. Also look for fat free refried beans... 85 % lean or ground turkey (needs a tad more seasoning) lowers the fat. These swaps do not chang the flavor at all. ADD in stuff include corn., jalapenos . Olives. . Once I topped it with crushed hard taco shells.I also cut the tortillas into 3 strips to look like" lasagna "noodles. It cuts easier too."
"This recipe was good. I made a few changes for my family. We don't care for black beans, so I omitted them. Fast , easy & yummy"
"This is super easy to put together, and fabulously delicious! I found this to be perfectly flavorful, especially topped with your favorite toppings like taco sauce, salsa, salsa verde, sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro, however you like to dress up your tacos. I wasn't sure what the recipe meant by Mexican Diced Tomatoes, but by the size of the can it calls for, I knew it wasn't Rotel, although it would probably be fine. I used Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Lime Juice and Cilantro, which is located with all the other kinds of canned diced tomatoes, and it worked out very well. This makes a lot, but don't worry, it reheats really well."
"We loved this--I doubled the ground beef and added some frozen corn."
"I think this would be great with polenta slices instead of the tortillas"
"I made this tonight. I left out the refried beans. Also.the last two top torilas so only needed 4. Didn't need as much cheese as recipe calls for. Only used 2 1/2 cups or less."
"Excellent... love it, and so does everybody else!"
"I froze half a lasagna as one was too large for my hubby and me. took out of freezer defrosted at room temp and warmed in a low oven BUT found the topping noodle very crispy anddry kind of ruined the taste how do I reheat frozen lasagna keeping soft and juicy?"
"I have been making this recipe for years now and have shared with many others. I follow the recipe as is, but use pinto beans instead of black beans. Also at times, I will use Mexican Chihuahua cheese. This is certainly a household favorite in our family !"
"easy recipe, quick to prepare. My 3 year old loves it! I made the following tweaks: used fresh diced tomatoes instead of canned, added black olives, omitted the onion, & served with a dollop of sour cream on top. This recipe is now requested a couple of times a month in my house! Great alternative to the basic taco."
"So simple and so delicious. I didn't have green peppers, so I used tomatoes and green chiles. After baking, I added sour cream, lettuce, and taco sauce. The next time I make it, I will probably add more cheese, a little more taco seasoning, and corn. Very good!"
"Why is there always someone that has to comment on sodiumm/ nutritional value? Chances are that if a person is making any of these recipes, they are an adult. I'm pretty sure that everyone is capable of making their own decision as to whether or not they want to eat something. Mind your own business! People look at these reviews to read about what others thought of the recipe when they made it. The nutritional information is posted for everyone to see if that is a concern for them."
"I used a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles and a can of diced tomatoes"
"Very tasty, but it has well over 1/2 of a person's daily requirement of sodium. I would avoid eating this except is VERY small amounts."
"Very Good! Liked by all and very easy to make. Highly recommend."
"People ask for the recipe when I fix this dish. Everyone is surprised that it is so easy to prepare. We all love it!!"
"I made this tonight for dinner and it was AWESOME!!!!! My husband said I had better not lose this recipe, he absolutely loved it. I also added corn and a little extra taco seasoning and more cheese.This will for sure be one of my new "go to" meals."
"Delicious and I like how this recipe can be customized to satisfy your own unique tastes. To the meat mixture I added corn, chopped green olives, and a couple teaspoons of lime juice. Lots of extra cheese on the layers! Top it all off with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, corn chips, avocados. ..to name just a few. To those who commented that the refried beans are too hard to spread: heat the refried beans in the microwave first and the consistency will soften for easier spreading. Make sure you cover the dish before baking so it doesn't dry out or get too crispy. Enjoy"
"This was great! I didn't have green peppers, so I omitted them, but it was still great. Pretty simple to make too."
"I have been making this recipe for several years for my family and potlucks at work. I make it just like it's written except I increase the beef to 1 1/2 or 2 lbs depending on where it's being eaten. Perfect every time. Definitely one of my "go-to" recipes."
"I do not recall ever seeing beans used in tacos or lasagna"
"I've been making this recipe for several years now, and my husband just loves it! We make it as specified in the recipe, and think it is amazing!"
"My family loves it just the way it is."
"Great base recipe to easily exchange to make it for your own family."
"This is delicious, easy to play around with and vary it, I never make it the same way twice. I always add more cheese than it calls for and put in 3 or 4 minced fresh Serrano peppers. Like others mentioned I usually swap out the flour tortillas for corn. It makes enough for the 2 of us each to have a good hearty serving 2 nights in a row. This is one of those satisfying comfort foods that really fill you up and put you in that wonderful food coma right after eating."
"I used 2 cans of black beans and omitted the refried beans. I exchanged corn tortillas for flour and increased the cheese to 4 cups. Instead of a 14.5 oz. can of tomatoes, try using two cans (10 oz. each) of Ro-Tel tomatoes."
"I have made this a few times. The first time I made this my 8 and 10 yr olds looked at it and were hesitant. Since then, they have requested it when we make our weekly menus. I also mixed the refried beans with the meat mixture because otherwise the beans are thick and a pain to spread. My 10 year old son did 90% of the work the last time I made this and it is not typical that my kids request leftovers the next day, but they do for this."
"This was so easy and delicious! I also mixed the refried beans into the meat mixture for easier assembly and it was fantastic. Everyone loved it. I served with lettuce, tomato, salsa and sour cream for people to add as they wished."
"Make this so often for potlucks. Dont always use the black beans."
"This was delicious! I used shredded chicken and corn tortillas and added jalapenos. Topped with lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, jalapenos and sour cream. Kids loved it too."
"This a very good recipe. I made my own refried beans which is better than the canned. My husband loves tex-mex and Mexican food, so this will be made again soon. I added some shredded lettuce and sour cream on top once it was platted. Very good!"
"Everyone raved about this dish. I will make it again soon."
"Great quick recipe! I mixed the retried beans in with the meat and black beans to make it easier to assemble. I also added fresh corn which I cut off the cob. Great recipe for a weeknight!"
"Good recipe. i loved the black beans in it."
"Good recipe. To reduce the amount of fat, I used fat free refried beans and non-dairy "cheese". I also used corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas. Fat free tortillas can also be used to reduce the fat even further."
"My family is crazy for this. I add sliced or chopped black olives with the cheese on top."
"Yummy! I made it ahead of time and when I warmed it up in the oven, I think I had it in there for too long, as it just turned into slop, but it tasted so good! I'll make this again!"
"This recipe tasted great. The flavors really come together and I believe kids would really like it. I am only giving it four stars because between them chopping, browning and baking, this recipe takes at least 40 minutes to prepare."
"I prefer to use corn tortillas (the flour ones' get soggy ) I also use poblano or anaheim pepper (don't care for the bell pepper family)also added can of sliced black olive can of corn and can diced green chiles"
"Has a really good taste. I did change it a bit by putting the refried beans in with the meat mixture, just much easier. Also added lettuce, tomatoes, taco sauce & sour cream on top. Will put in my keeper list."
"Family favorite! I have made this with both beef and chicken. I also add a half of a can of corn and a half can of diced green chilies. I prefer to use organic whole grain white corn tortillas and sometimes I skip the last layer of tortilla altogether, as well as one of the cheese layers. Cutting a layer of tortillas and a third of the cheese does nothing to reduce the taste. Serve with tossed salad and corn bread. So good!"
"Made this last night & got good reviews from the family. Not spicy at all. Think I will add black olives the next time to see how that changes the flavor."
"Great recipe. You can change it up according to what you have--cooked chicken instead of hamburger, etc. Once I used hummus instead of refried beans, as I didn't have any on hand. Hummus was great too. I also put olives in the layers. Corn is good too--anything works."
"Sounds delicious. How many carbs per serving please. Lots of diabetics in my family and we have to court carbs."
"this sound & looks Delish...i am going to try this"
"This recipe is delicious!! I made a few substitutions: lean ground turkey, low sodium black beans, lowfat ricotta cheese (no refried beans), whole wheat tortillas and lowfat cheese. I had to cook it a little longer; 30 minutes covered and 10-15 minutes uncovered- I like my tortillas crispy."
"My family loved this and that is all I needed to know. You can make all types of variations with this. My husband added sour cream to his second serving. I liked when the tortillas were crispy. A complete favorite in my home. The kids said, "Add this to your recipe box!""
"it does make the outer edge of the casserole , bit crispy on the tortillas when bake for 30 minutes. But it is a great time saving recipe ,if you need dinner on the table fast. if you like southwestern food it would be a good recipe to try out, I just suggest baking it for 20 or 25 minutes any longer the outer edges of the tortilla will be to crispy."
"Wow! What can I say! I submitted this recipe 12 years ago on a whim and it won me $500.00 and a feature in quick Cooking. I am so excited to see everyones' reviews and modifications. I am married now and my family loves this recipe too! Crazy to see 86 reviews written! Who knew!"
"This is delicious!!! I did add extra cheese (I love cheese!) I added chopped roma tomatoes, sliced black olives and sour cream to the top when serving. I think I will add chopped green onions the next time. Love this and my husband loved it!! I'm glad to see that it warms up good! Will definitely make again."
"Very good!! I served it with sour cream and that's tops it off to great! I changed the original recipe: ground turkey breast, canned diced tomatoes, canned green chiles, added Mexicorn, used La tortilla Factory tortillas, FF refried beans and 16 ounces (vs12) cheese. I baked @375º for 30 minutes covered, then uncovered and baked for another 30 minutes. The top got nice and crispy. So good and would serve 12."
"This was pretty good but not a favorite as far as "Mexican" lasagnas go. My family likes the other one I make better."
"My mom made this for us and it was delicious, good as leftovers the next day also. She used red beans instead of black beans and she also served it with sour cream. I loved the refried beans in there. This is definitely a keeper!"
"I am not a bean lover but this was really really good. I went a little lighter on the refried beans and it was awesome! And I used salsa instead of diced tomatoes. Love it!"
"LOVED this one. Except I left out the refried beans and mexican style tomatoes. Instead I used Fire Roasted Tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and added in Salsa. Top with sour cream. This one is to die for. I plan to make this again next week!"
"This was easy to make and it came out really good!!! My husband ate 1/2 the taco lasagna in 1 sitting. Adding a little sour cream to each serving is delicious!"
"This is a keeper! easy and delicious!"
"I tryed this and it was very good . added my home grown green peppers bigger chunks"
"I made this recipe exactly as written and mine came out much drier I think it should have. We were really disappointed in it the first night. The second night I served with sour cream and enchilada sauce and it was much better but still not something that I would make it again. IF I did make it again I would make some changes one of which would be to incorporate the sour cream and the enchilada sauce into the layers. I would liked to have given this 2 ½ stars. It was not awful so I did not want to give it 2 stars just not that special. It does make a lot."
"We added black olives to this..."
"Made this for dinner tonight. Whole family loved it. However, I made a few changes right off the bat. My current changes were: I used whole wheat flour tortillas, venison burger (about 1 1/2 pounds), TWO packets of taco seasoning. 4 cups (2- 8oz bags) of shredded Mexican cheese. We also added sour cream and guacamole as a garnish.Things I will do differently next time I make it: I will use sliced GREEN onions in beef mixture AND as a garnish. I will use a tub of fresh salsa instead of Mexican diced tomatoes, and when I do that I will delete the 2/3 cup water, because fresh salsa has way more juice than a can of diced tomatoes. And I would definitely break up the top layer of tortilla's and spread them evenly, cuz those were tough to cut. I had to perforate them with a sharp knife to get an even cut. Even sprinkled with cheese and baked they were not soft enough to cut pieces with the spatula.Other than my changes, this was an awesome first time recipe for us and we liked it!"
"Very good dish! I made 1/2 recipe, but I did not cut the beef in half. I replaced the green pepper with 1/2 can of green chiles, and I used sharp cheddar cheese. I also used brown rice tortillas as one person does not eat wheat. I may try corn tortillas next time. This is a good recipe. Thanks for sharing it."
"I've made this for dinner 3x in the past month. It is quickly becoming a favorite of ours. I use about a pound and a half of ground beef and we top it with sour cream, onion, and garden tomato. (And a little sprinkle of garlic salt) It's absolutely tasty. http://www.PrintableCouponsandDeals.com has tons of great coupons that could be used in this recipe!"
"I made this last night and it was fantastic. Usually when I've made a new dish, I'll ask my husband if he likes it and he'll just say "It's good." When I made this, I didn't even had to ask, when he finally came up for air he said " This is fricken' delicious!". So, a winner in our house! My husband isn't a fan of beans so I subbed corn for the black beans and only used about 2/3 of the can of refried beans."
"I added some chopped cilantro to the meat mixture for added taste & I also used one can of chopped green chillis instead of green peppers. Cover top layer with tinfoil because the top of mine browned & got crunchy but it was still good. Thanks for recipe."
"Nice comfort food. I used diced tomatoes with green chilies b/c I couldn't find the Mexican ones. The sauce was really spicy in the pan but cooled off in the mix of the casserole. Served with sour cream and lettuce. Will add jalapenos next time."
"This recipe is awesome. I make it frequently. I have just started Weight Watchers. Does anyone know how many points a serving of this would be? Need Protein, carbs, fat & fiber to calculate. Thanks, Glenyah"
"Winner, winner! We loved our dinner!"
"SO GOOD!! Loved this recipe!! So did my two girls... my 18-month old ate as big of a piece as I did and asked for more! I will definitely be making this again! UPDATE 5/2/2014: I make this dish on a regular basis, still a family favorite. However, this recipe fills a 9x13 casserole dish which is a little too much for us to eat in a couple of days. What I've started doing is mixing all of the filling together - ground beef, onion, pepper, water, taco seasoning, black beans and diced tomatoes - I also started mixing in the refried beans so it's simpler to put together and the taste is the same :-) Then I divide the entire recipe in half. I use 3 tortillas, half the filling and half the cheese and make up a 8x8 dish. Then I take the remaining half of just the filling and freeze it in a freezer container. Next time I want to make this dish, I defrost the filling and then make another 8x8 casserole. Works perfect for my family!"
"Great! Substituted corn for black beans and still delicious. Recommend draining meat mixture before layering into lasagna to make the final product less runny - that worked really well for us."
"Very yummy, filling and re-heats well!"
"Excellent. the first time I ate this my awesome aunt made it! Loved it since!"
"My husband makes this easy dish at the firehouse all the time! It's a hit and all the guys love it!"
"This was awesome! The entire family loved it."
"I made this for a birthday party I was hosting and it was a big hit. Fed lots of people to rave reviews!"
"This was really good & simple to make! Will definately make again."
"Wow, when I find something that my whole family loves, we know that recipe is a keeper. The only thing different was that I garnished with sour cream, fresh tomatoes and some shredded cheese. That was just a preference thing. Excellent!"
"One of THEE BEST meals to make! Gets better as it marinates overnight!"
"Delicious recipe. I plan to keep this recipe on hand to make again. My family loved it."
"This has become one of our family favorites. I use corn tortillas in place of the flour and pinto beans instead of black since my kids aren't big fans of the black. It's wonderful!"
"this was very good have a lot left over. going to freeze some of it. I used whole wheat tortillas and weight watchers Mexican cheese. This was really yummy."
"very delish, could almost use as a dip"
"My family absolutely loved this dish and requested that we have it again."
"This is a fabulous recipe! Anyone I know who has tried it just loves it. Great as leftovers too! Using cheddar cheese gives more of a rich flavor, though there's so much going on that you really don't need it, and if you like spicy, you can use hot ro-tel, add jalepenos, or substitute pablano pepper for green bell pepper"
"My husband is a firefighter and makes it for the guys at the station. He gets tortilla chips and sour cream so the guys can get creative. They love it. It is a yummy recipe."
"A very good lasagna. In fact you can see your published and copyrighted version on sites on the web so it must be good~"
"great recipe is awesome....so easy to make and my husband and son loved it...sons says he is adding this recipe to his favorites...will def make again"
"This is going to go into my actual recipe box to make sure I have it forever more. A must have in the dinner rotation."
"Love this recipe. Added some light sour cream and jalapenos for garnish."
"By the way! I substitute low-carb tortillas (diabetes) and it does not lose a thing!"
"I have made this twice! First the way it was shown and second I added more stuff and played with the cheeses and flavors of ro-tel that is offered. This flys out of the kitchen so fast it's crazy!"
"The boys in the family LOVE this! One reader sent in a good idea...spread refried beans on tortillas while they are on a flat surface and then place in the pan. So much easier!"
"My husband and I enjoy this dish and make it for company. I like to cut some extra tortillas and place around the edges so that each layer is completely separated. We also make it without the refried beans occasionally.It is a winner!"
"Mine did not look anything like that picture. It was very good. It just looked like two pizza's. I will be making this again."
"the best lasagna I've eaten, the family couldn't get enough..."