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Mexican lasagna

Mexican Lasagna Recipe

How delicious does this Mexican lasagna look? Seriously, my entire family enjoyed it. Keep reading to find out more, and to grab my recipe for Mexican lasagna.

I am by no means an expert in the kitchen. In fact, this is one shortcoming that really plagues me as a mom.

Recently, I’ve been making an effort to put more wholesome, home-cooked meals on my family’s table. In fact, you may have noticed a new category on my blog called food stories. I’ve made it a personal goal to cook more, and to experiment in the kitchen, and to keep myself accountable I am going to be blogging about this journey.

There are so many times when I am at a loss for dinner ideas, so I’m almost always thumbing through the scrumptious photos of food on Pinterest. Today while I sat in the waiting room at my doctor’s office, I used the Pinspiration app on my new Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone to search for tonight’s meal inspiration.

Mexican Lasagna Recipe

Mexican Lasagna Recipe

I chose a yummy-looking mexican lasagna recipe pinned from A Couple Cooks as my starting point, and opened up the Shared Shopping List app to jot down the ingredients that I would need to pick up from the grocery store.

I love the Shared Shopping List app because if I can’t make it to the store, I can share my grocery list with my husband’s Windows Phone, and he can pick up items for me on his way home from work! I make lists for him perhaps far more often than he would like. :)

Mexican Lasagna Recipe

I adapted the mexican lasagna recipe to meet my family’s preferences. Having a toddler, the first thing I cut out was the hot sauce.

The original Mexican lasagna recipe also did not call for ground beef, but we are pretty big meat eaters in this house, so I decided to incorporate it into the dish. Ground turkey would also be a delicious choice.’

From Pinterest to plate, I love being able to scout recipes and make grocery lists with my Windows Phone. It also made me feel so good inside seeing my family devour this dish — it was really good! I feel like tonight I had a parenting win, and I am not even more motivated to continue making family meals and family meal time a priority in my life.

I hope you enjoy this great Mexican lasagna recipe, my family certainly did!


Yield: 6 Servings

Mexican lasagna


9 ounces "no boil" lasagna noodles
1/2 lb. ground beef
15 ounce can black beans rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups frozen sweet corn
2/3 cup water
8 ounces Mexican blend shredded cheese
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
4 green onions chopped
1 envelope taco seasonings
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes


Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. Set aside a 9 x 9" square baking dish.

Brown ground beef and drain. Add 2/3 cups water and taco seasoning packet, cook another 3-4 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the beef, black beans, corn, cilantro and green onions. Spread a thin layer of the crushed tomatoes over the bottom of the baking dish. Layer with lasagna noodles and break them as needed to fit the dish. Next, spread about one third of the beef and bean mixture. Layer again with tomatoes, then add a layer of cheese.

Repeat this layering process two times more times following, following a noodles, beef/beans, tomatoes then cheese pattern. Your top layer will be noodles, tomatoes, and cheese.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake 35 minutes, or until noodles are tender. Remove the foil and bake an additional 5 minutes to melt cheese.

Let stand at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Garnish with cilantro.

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Total Time: 40 Minutes

Adapted from A Couple Cooks

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  1. May 10, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    I am making THIS tonight! This sounds soooo delish!!! I was having a time figuring out what to make for dinner and this is perfect and I have everything I need! YAY!

    • May 11, 2012 @ 2:12 am

      Part of what I love about this recipe is that it really does include ingredients I typically have on hand. Hope you like it Lisa!

  2. May 10, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    Mmm that looks delicious!

  3. May 10, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    It looks delicious! I would have had to cut out the hot sauce too for our family. We are not big on hot. My 13 year old is probably the only one with the palate for it. Not sure I could get the beans past my husband either, the rest of us yes. ;-)

    Love your photos!

    • May 11, 2012 @ 2:14 am

      Theresa, I’m actually not usually big on beans myself, but in this? They are great. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. May 10, 2012 @ 1:34 pm
    liz trout

    I have tried a similiar version from Kraft Foods, it was more simple, but yours sounds so much better. I love the pics!

  5. May 10, 2012 @ 1:36 pm
    Anne S.

    Sounds amazing and balanced! I’m definitely trying it with ground turkey.

    • May 11, 2012 @ 2:14 am

      Anne, I’m going to give turkey a shot next time too, and probably would have used it this time if I would have had some on hand.

  6. May 10, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    Looks good. We love Mexican food and we also love lasagna. What are No-boil noodles? I always buy regular lasagna noodles and don’t cook them. I just make sure there is a lot of sauce. They cook up fine.

    • May 11, 2012 @ 2:16 am

      This was my first time using the no-boil noodles too – they are in the grocery store right next to the regular noodles.

  7. May 10, 2012 @ 1:39 pm
    Patricia Mohl

    I love this recipe and no boil lasagna noodles make things so much faster to put together,

  8. May 10, 2012 @ 1:42 pm
    Aja R.

    This is making me hungry! I would add fresh jalapenos.

  9. May 10, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    This looks delicious and super easy too!

  10. May 10, 2012 @ 1:43 pm
    Julie B.

    This is one I’ll definitely have to try! I would have never thought of it so thank you for posting (and for being so detailed in the instructions, I’m not intuitive when it comes to cooking, lol!)

  11. May 10, 2012 @ 1:49 pm
    Terry Olivigni

    I plan to make the Lasagna using the groung turkey.

  12. May 10, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    I’m actually going to start a healthy living blog for much of the same reason why you put a ‘food stories’ tab on your blog-I personally think it will make me more accountable for getting my health back on track because it’s out there in the blogosphere for everyone to see!

    I’ve never heard of Mexican lasagna before, but it sounds quite interesting! I might have to tweak it to be a gluten free recipe and see how that goes because I really would like to try it :)

  13. May 10, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    This sounds good and easy, I like the idea of combining different cuisines like Mexican and Italian. I think I’ll make this next weekend. I bet it makes good leftovers too.

  14. May 10, 2012 @ 1:49 pm
    Kim Barrett

    Yum! I love Mexican flavours. (I’ve actually made a similar dish with Yves Veggie Ground Round, for my vegan daughter!)

  15. May 10, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    looks yummy! As for the phone…I’m a TOTAL iphone loyalist. (but it does look cool, I’ll admit that). =)

  16. May 10, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    The thing that stood out the most in this article is the “shared shopping list app”! I am always calling my hubby to pick up something on his way home but without fail I get a call while he is wondering his way around the grocery store going….”what did you want again”? “where is that”? LOL. I love him but grocery shopping is not his thing. This app would be super helpful!

  17. May 10, 2012 @ 1:54 pm
    Holly Caudle

    I find that I cook more now then when I had small children and worked full time. I still go through stages where I am creative and make great dishes and other times when it’s something like chicken patties and instant potatoes. I love Lasagna and Mexican food is one of my favorites. I will have to try this dish. I don’t make lasagna often because it can be a lot of work. We are due for one though. I am sure my hubby will love this! Thanks for sharing!

  18. May 10, 2012 @ 2:03 pm
    Jacquie Brandt

    Your Mexican Lasagna sounds yummy! I’ll make it tonight.

  19. May 10, 2012 @ 2:04 pm
    Kathy Smith

    I am always looking for new recipes! This one is right up my alley! Some recipes I look at ingredients that I Am unsure what it even is! With picky eaters in my house also! I am going to try out this one! The list of ingredients make me sure that it will be a winner!

  20. May 10, 2012 @ 2:08 pm
    amanda ruzich

    MMM…yummy! I love mexican food and I love lasagna so this should be good!


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