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

Mexican lasagna

Yield: 6 Servings
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional 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.

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    130 Comments on “Mexican Lasagna”

  1. sounds delish and fairly easy to make

  2. That looks really good. I think I will be making this soon. =D

  3. This looks soo good! Definitely have to try this!~

  4. yummy!! I love all things mexican and this just looks delicious.

  5. The shopping list app. sounds really helpful…now if I can only get my husband to go to the grocery store… This recipe looks amazing. I’ve never heard of no-boil noodles before.

  6. Oh my goodness! I am in love! I love all Mexican food, so this is a must have in our home!

  7. Crissy,

    That looks delicious and I am definitely going to try this one ! I love Apps that make shopping and cooking easier.


  8. This sounds so good! I just bookmarked..

  9. Looks really GOOOOOOD………I would love to cook this but my guys wldnt like it…….Maybe its something differant I could make for my daughter&her family!!!!

  10. Yum! Now I’m hungry. We’ll try it tomorrow :)

  11. My kids LOVE mexican! I think I’m going to try this for sure!

  12. sounds good gotta find a cheese or meat substitute so I can make it kosher

  13. This sounds wonderful. I get so tired of the same old recipes. Now if I just had someone to make it for me!

  14. Looks yummy :) I may just need to try this.

  15. Sounds delicous and looks great too! Thanks for sharing and hope you are feeling better.

  16. This really sounds like a nice lasagna variation. It’s does sound too spicy but enough punch to please the taste buds.

  17. These sound pretty good, thanks for sharing. My husband and son aren’t fans of beans though, so I would probably take those out. Are the no-boil noodles as tasty?

  18. looks yummy!

  19. Looks great. I have to make this for my family. Yummy!

  20. I’ve never tried to do anything but the typical lasagna but I might need to try. That looks amazing!

  21. Yes, this looks awesome! I love the ease of the no-boil noodles and the speed of how fast the prep time is. Great recipe, thanks

  22. Since my cell phone only makes phone calls, I am envious of your smart phones and their apps and being able to share the shopping lists.

    The food looks yummy!

  23. Oh man, this looks so good! I wonder how it would be with gluten-free noodles.

  24. Sounds delish! Can’t wait to try it!

  25. I would have never of thought of this! :-) We would take out the beans or use pinto beans…not too big on the black beans here! I also love that it sounds pretty quick! Pinned it to my boards!

  26. Wow, I seen this picture and my mouth watered instantly, no joke! I love Lasagna, and I love Mexican food, so this is my type of dinner dish. This looks so simple to make, I will have to give this recipe a try!

  27. Oh Crissy this looks so yummy and I’m sure it would also be a crowd pleaser. Thanks for sharing. I need to check out that app.

  28. I wish I could eat things like this. It LOOKS delicious. My mother and I both have such sensitive taste buds that everything has to be really plain and boring. Oh well…

  29. Oh my goodness, this recipe sounds FABULOUS! I can hardly wait to try it! The one thing I think I will add is OLIVES! My family loves them!

  30. Looks really tasty…the family would enjoy it!

  31. That looks delicious! I like that you added ground beef.

  32. This sounds really yummy, I’m gonna hafta try it :) I also pinned it :)

  33. This is the recipe I have been wanting to try. Thank you for trying first. My husband is going to love this.

  34. This looks really good! I am not a cook at all. My kids tease me about it all the time LOL

  35. Oh! This would be a great replacement for our usual Taco Casserole which I love but other family members are not so fond of. Thanks for sharing it looks delicious.

  36. I use the Notes program on my Mac to make shopping lists, and iCloud sends it to my iPhone. But no matter how I try, it won’t automatically send it to my husband’s phone, and that is heartbreaking. lol I’m absolutely jealous! And that lasagna looks fabulous. I believe I’ve found a new recipe to try. Thanks for sharing!

  37. This sounds interesting, now I’m hungry!

  38. Mmm, that looks amazing!

  39. I like this recipe. We love black beans, but I’d probably use cheddar. Thanks for this recipe

  40. Wow. This sounds amazing! It’s very similar to a recipe for Crock Pot Enchiladas that are a hit in my house. … and I leave hot sauce out of all my recipes, too.

  41. I’ve made something similar but used corn tortillas instead of noodles. I’ll have to try it this way sometime.

  42. OMG. This sounds like heaven. I would love this new twist on the standard lasagna…but with my GERD, I would never be able to handle it. Maybe for a party, though!

  43. bravo for you ability to adjust recipes some people don’t realize a recipe is a guide not an absolute just don’t mess around with baked goods as much science as art

  44. THis looks DELICIOUS. I LOVE LAsagna and I love Mexican food as well. I trade off between Italian and Mexican. Now I can have BOTH! LOL :)
    Thank you, Crissy! :)

  45. wow, that sounds and looks amazing. I will be adding this to my list of must tries!!! Thank you.

  46. Yummy!!!!

  47. Looks and sounds yummy. Heading to the store tomorrow

  48. I did almost the exact same thing with chicken. We loved it and it’s been a while since we’ve had it. I think I’m going to have to move it to the top of the list now!

  49. Now if I can even begin my initial comment!! This dish looks so delicious!! I absolutely love Mexican food, my husband however; not so much. I would definitely make this for a potluck so I could enjoy it along with others who share my taste in food. Unfortunately, this would not be a staple in my home : (
    Mr. Picky Pants would be heading to McDonald’s; you know what? That might not be a bad thing and I could actually enjoy a meal that I LIKE!! Thanks for sharing.

  50. This sounds yummy! It also adds versatility to an old favorite! Good find.

  51. I am trying to eat clean and that means no more junk food from resturaunts. It is great to create your own food. Today i made a delicious panini for the first time. I was very proud of it and it tasted even better knowing i had made it myself. Being accountable for the stuff we put in our body is a huge part of feeling good about ourselves. Great post!

  52. mmm this sounds & looks so GOOD!!! Cant wait to try it

  53. I’ve made Mexican Lasagna a few times. It’s a great way of changing it up.

  54. looks so good

  55. That looks delicious and fun to make. I bet the fresh cilantro made all the difference. It’s nice that it’s customizable, too. I’d try it with the ground beef or the ground turkey. I’d probably put some fresh garlic in there too.

  56. Love how you take pics along the way to share with us. It really adds to the enjoyment of reading your posts. The recipe sounds awesome and I will def. try it.

  57. I can’t wait to try this recipe out. It looks absolutely delicious!

  58. As a vegetarian I am curious about making a veggie alternative for this recipe. :)

  59. Sounds great – except for the cilantro – but I bet some fresh parsley would be good.

  60. I would opt for the ground turkey. We don’t eat a lot of red meat in our house. Wish we could but our bellies don’t always agree with red meat. I love lasagna.

  61. That looks absolutely amazing! I love using Pinterest for recipe inspiration and this is definitely a winner.

  62. Your recipe sounds delicious! Will have to make it this weekend.

  63. Looks easy AND delicious! def going in my recipe box!

  64. Nice twist on a classic dish! Thank you for sharing! :D

  65. My brother make a Mexican lasagna using tortillas in place of the lasagna noodles – it’s yummy

  66. Thia looks really good! We really enjoy Mexican food around our house! Just in case you didn’t know…. I use regular noodles and they cook themselves during the baking in the oven! Thanks agin for this recipe!

  67. I am a carb lover and I eat pasta almost everydayof the week. (Good thing I work out every day as well). I would love this recipe except for the beans. I absolutely hate beans but I may consider making it without the beans because it does look delicious. Also, maybe the sauce and other ingredients may take away from the flavor of the beans. Good job, Crissy

  68. Your photos are so beautiful. It makes me want to A.) Make some lasagna and B.) Buy this phone. When I get back from my trip overseas, mama’s getting a new phone. Haha

  69. This recipe looks so yummy, I like that you cut out the hot sauce, I have 6 kids in my house and they would eat it this way. And can I just say I need that shared list app, so useful.

  70. looks yummy

  71. Dear Crissy
    This dish looks scrumptious. I’m so happy you gave the recipe, because I would like to make this Mexican Lasagna for my family. Thank you so much for being a caring person to share your thoughts, ideas, and recipes with so many people.

  72. This looks delicious and like something my husband would love. Can’t wait to try it out!

  73. I will be making this recipe for my family,my hubby is gonna be impressed.

  74. This recipe sounds great; living in TX, we like these Mexican recipes. While I haven’t tried this with lasagne noodles(we use tortillas); I will give this a try.

  75. sounds yummy

  76. I am definitely going to have to try this recipe. My daughter was just asking for lasagne.

  77. Mmm…that looks yummy! I too need to focus more on healthy meals for my family. With three kids 3 and under, it’s hard to make “grown-up” food that they will enjoy. This looks like another winner, though. Thanks for sharing!

  78. Beautiful pictures and great-looking lasagna! I’m going to get that app!

  79. Oh I bet this is good!!

  80. Thanks for posting this recipe. I love trying new spins on old favorites. :)

  81. Sounds Yummy! I am always looking for new receipes so I will add this to my list for next week! Thank you for a new and easy idea!

  82. this is a great option for a family friendly casserole that is different! Can’t wait to test it out!

  83. Your Lasagna recipe seems like it would be so good. I love lasagna and make it once a month, so this will be my next try on a recipe for it. Thanks for the share. Unfortunately I don’t have a windows phone that has these features but I do have android one which has some great recipe and shopping apps.

  84. That looks super yummy!! I wonder if you can use tortillas instead of the noodles… hmmm… just might try it! Thanks for sharing :)

  85. OMG! I love Mexican Lasagna, And your recipe looks so goooooood. Can’t wait to make it for my family this weekend.

  86. My mom grew up making “Enchilada Casserole” Which is so similar to this dish that I simply have to make it as soon as possible! Anything hot and comfort food with cheese and I’m there.

  87. I agree – cut the hot sauce and add the meat. Sounds delicious. I relate to your kitchen shortcomings, I also am not the greatest cook. I do admire you for your efforts to become better. I am not so motivated – I hate cooking, but I am great at clean-up. lol My lack of cooking skills are a source of family amusement but doesn’t bother me a bit. They do all the cooking when we get together. It’s a win-win situation.

  88. I too would cut out the hot sauce. I love that black beans are incorporated in the recipe. Beans are all kinds of good for us but arent always recipe compatible especially with something as delicious as Lasagna. A good way for me to get the kids to eat beans as they love love love lasagna. Also the addition of cilantro another great ingredient with lovely flavor. I cannot wait to try this out.

  89. I’ve been trying to make an effort to be more creative and experimental in the kitchen. I’ve had pretty good succes this week and am 3 for 3 in homecooked, healthy dinners. I find the more I try it, the less daunting it seems and it always feels really great to offer a tasty meal to my family.
    Your Mexican Lasagna sounds great! I’ll have to give it a try with some veggie ground round or quinoa in place of the beef.
    That Shared Shopping list app sounds like just the thing we need!

  90. This looks like a yummy recipe I could handle making. As a stay at home mom, my lack of cooking skills caused me shame more than once, especially since my husband is an excellent cook.

  91. That looks good and it’s easy to make. I use a recipe very similar to the sauce that you made for the Mexican Lasagna you might want try. Instead of spreading it over lasagna noodles. Pour it over Spaghetti noodles for Mexican Spaghetti. I used the same ingredients in your sauce I only added dice tomatoes to it too.

  92. Your recipe sounds delicious! I’m sure my family would love it ;)
    I love that it uses “no boil” noodles–thanks for sharing the recipe.

  93. saved your recipe . sure is a good one for all our summer veggies.

  94. wow this looks absolutely delicious! My family loves lasagna, I will definitely have to try this one!

  95. omg that looks good! i should try and make that this weekend!

  96. Looks delicious!! Perfect to make the night before & stick in the oven after work–will be making next week! Thanks for all your great recipe posts!

  97. This sounds so good I will definitely be trying it! Thanks for sharing this recipe! :)

  98. This looks so good!!

  99. This looks really delicious…I would probably use the ground beef as well and kidney beans, instead of black beans and no hot sauce here either.

  100. Yum! Our favorite food is Mexican and we live in S. Texas, we are so lucky! BUT ~ there are times we need something easy like this! It’s different w/the lasagna noodles (we have used tortillas) but we will try it this way too now! Great idea.

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

  102. 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!

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

  104. 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!

  105. 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!

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

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

  108. 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.

  109. 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 :)

  110. I plan to make the Lasagna using the groung turkey.

  111. 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!)

  112. This looks delicious and super easy too!

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

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

  115. 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.

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

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

    • 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.

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

  118. 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!

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

  119. Mmm that looks delicious!

  120. 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!

    • 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!

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