Dear Crissy

Mexican Lasagna

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.

Mexican Lasagna Recipe - This easy Mexican lasagna recipe uses no-boil noodles and makes a great family dinner on busy weeknights.

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 - This easy Mexican lasagna recipe uses no-boil noodles and makes a great family dinner on busy weeknights.

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 - This easy Mexican lasagna recipe uses no-boil noodles and makes a great family dinner on busy weeknights.

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!

Mexican lasagna

Yield: 6 Servings

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Total Time: 40 Minutes


  • 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. Set aside a 9 x 9″ square baking dish.
  2. Brown ground beef and drain. Add 2/3 cups water and taco seasoning packet, cook another 3-4 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Let stand at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Garnish with cilantro.

Adapted from A Couple Cooks

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  1. Lisa — 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!


    • Crissy — May 11th, 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. Crystal — May 10, 2012 @ 1:33 pm (#)

    Mmm that looks delicious!


    • Crissy — May 11th, 2012 @ 2:13 am

      Thanks Crystal, it is!

  3. Theresa @ Faith and Family Reviews — 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!


    • Crissy — May 11th, 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. liz trout — May 10, 2012 @ 1:34 pm (#)

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


    • Crissy — May 11th, 2012 @ 2:14 am

      Thanks Liz!

  5. Anne S. — May 10, 2012 @ 1:36 pm (#)

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


    • Crissy — May 11th, 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. Marci — 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.


    • Crissy — May 11th, 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. Patricia Mohl — May 10, 2012 @ 1:39 pm (#)

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


  8. Aja R. — May 10, 2012 @ 1:42 pm (#)

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


  9. Jeanna — May 10, 2012 @ 1:42 pm (#)

    This looks delicious and super easy too!


  10. Julie B. — May 10, 2012 @ 1:43 pm (#)

    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. Terry Olivigni — May 10, 2012 @ 1:49 pm (#)

    I plan to make the Lasagna using the groung turkey.


  12. Kayla @ TheEclecticElement — 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. Christina — 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. Kim Barrett — May 10, 2012 @ 1:49 pm (#)

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


  15. grace — 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). =)


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you are beautiful. hope to see you soon!