Mexican Lasagna

I never thought of the word “lasagna” in Mexican cuisine but, the word fits this recipe perfectly!

Technically, we all know lasagna is a wide flat type of pasta used in the Italian lasagna we all like ~ the baked casserole composed of layers.  

However; in this delicious south-of-the-border dish, flour tortillas replace the traditional pasta.  Unfortunately, I don’t know what magazine I clipped and then adapted this recipe from.

The tortilla shells are stacked between layers of enchilada sauce, Spanish rice, corn and creamy pungent cheese.  

There is a plethora of ways to make this; instead of ground beef, try ground turkey or chicken; refried beans instead of the corn, and add the seasonings that you like.  That’s the beauty of this Mexican lasagna ~ whatever your taste buds crave will most likely work!

Mexican Lasagna


2 pounds lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (10-ounces each) enchilada sauce
1 (11-ounce) can shoepeg corn, drained
1 tablespoon Hot Mexican-Style Chili Powder
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 package (8.8-ounce) ready-to-serve Spanish rice
10 flour tortillas, warmed and quartered
4 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
Toppings, if desired:  shredded lettuce, salsa, sour cream, taco sauce


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large skillet, brown beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is cooked through; drain well.
Stir in enchilada sauce.
Add corn and combine.
Blend in chili powders, oregano and cayenne pepper.
Heat rice according to package directions.
Into a greased 13-inch x 9-inch baking dish, spread about 1 cup of meat mixture, enough to sparsely cover bottom of dish.
Place into dish, enough quartered tortilla shells to cover meat mixture.
Layer a third of the rice.
Layer a third of the meat mixture.
Layer a third of the cheese.
Repeat layers.
Top with the remaining tortillas, rice and meat mixture (dish will be full).
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Uncover and bake 10-15 minutes longer, until cheese is melted.
Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Serve with your choice of toppings.
8-10 servings

As you can envisage, it is a filling dish for a hungry family and friends too.

Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog @My Kind of Cooking for great tips, recipes. 


  1. Oh Pam.....this is a good one! My family loves mexican food. Even though we are still fasting and can't have this right now, I am pinning it for a later date. Can't wait!!
    Thanks for sharing..

  2. Super!!! Love the tortilla idea - maybe some chorizo too.
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  3. I am in! We love Italian and Mexican so the combination of the two in a lasagna - yumm!!

  4. I do enjoy a Mexican lasagna! I never thought of putting rice in mine though. It sounds like a good additive.

  5. I think we made a similar dish at some time, but don't think it had the Spanish Rice - nice addition. Very tasty looking dish Pam.

  6. Oh dear what I wouldnt do to be having this for lunch, savory - delish!

  7. What a great take on Lasagna! I can't wait to try this one out!

  8. I just had to come back when I had a little more time to think this through. I think Jose Manuel said it best! I love this concept. Of course when I make it, and I will, I plan to do a few things differently (but what respectable Mexican cook wouldn'd?). What do you think of the idea of toasting the tortillas a bit (maybe right on a gas burner)? As usual I may not see a reply unless you send it to

  9. My mouth is watering, it's dinner time, and I want a slice of that SO BAD!!! LOL!!! This is a recipe that I'm definitely going to make!

    Thanks for sharing, and have a great week!


  10. Anything Mexicani-fied works for me! This looks amazing :)

  11. I've made a dish very similar to this before.. it is soooo good. I don't know if I could give up the standard Italian lasagna for it, but it's a fantastic substitute from time to time. Looks so good, Pam, I wish I had a big plate of it right now!

  12. Love the Spanish rice in this. Sounds like the perfect Mexican casserole.

  13. This casserole would definitely make my day. It si freezing here in Greece and these beautifully made lasagna would warm me and make me happy!

  14. We love Mexican Lasagna! I have even made it in the slow cooker. And you are so right, it is a perfect recipe to experiment with.

  15. Shug, great! I bet you'll love it too!

    Stephen, got it! Thanks!

    Crunchy Creamy Sweet, thanks! Hope you try it!

    Kristin, I know what you mean. I thought the same thing!

    Larry, it's a perfect hearty supper!

    Jennifurla, if you should make it, it's just as good leftover for lunch!

    Emily, thanks! You said it all!!!

    jose manuel, gracias! Es magnifica y un delicioso plato! Saludos!

    lifeinarecipe, thanks! I like your "name!"

    Stephen, I think you're on to something great as usual!!!

    Mary, I hope you do and then love every bite of it!

    Julie, my exact sentiment!

    laurie, great! It's should please everyone!

    Jenn, you're right, the standard lasagna is always a winner. Hope you try this!

    Penny, it is. It's funny what one ingredient can add to a dish.

    Katerina, this is the perfect dish for you then. We had sleet earlier, now it's snowing and roads are a mess. Stay warm!

    Linda, of course, perfect for a slow cooker. It's fun to experiment and turn out something good!

  16. I could use an extra large serving of this right now. I love Mexican Lasagna, but haven't had it in ages. I think I'll have to add it to the menu for this week :D

  17. this is so much fun! what great flavors!

  18. I haven't made this in a long time and I LOVE it! Actually, I love anything tex mex, thanks!

  19. Heather, I'd like to be at your dinner table!

    teresa, thanks! It's good and fun to eat!

    Debbi, I agree with you all the way on the tex mex thing!

  20. Pam, Great variation from the normal luscious Italian lasagna! Totally different flavors make for a nice change of pace... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  21. Dave, thanks! Glad you like it and have a great rest of the week!

  22. I adore Mexican food, and who doesn't love lasagna? This looks like the best of both worlds! I hope you are doing well. I'm enjoying an unseasonably warm night here in Austin and about to start baking a chocolate cake. Thank you for sharing another delicious post!

  23. I love Mexican lasagna... yours looks wonderful.

  24. Pam, this looks delicious! I bet it's a REAL crowd pleaser, too! I know I'd love it!

  25. Monet, lucky you with the warm weather and that chocolate cake! It's 12 degrees here this morning.

    Pam, thanks so much!

    Ann, thank you. It would be great for a crowd!

  26. Hi Pam - thanks for visiting my blog and I am definitely happy you did because I love yours! The first recipe, Mexican lasagna sounds amazing and the Chicken Kapama and Beef Tenderloin tips do, too. I am a new follower and can't wait to see more recipes!

  27. What a terrific combo!!! Now this is a different take on the old Italian dish that I could learn to love!

    It sound and looks marvelous sweetie.

    Have a fantastically blessed day...I'm swipin' your recipe girl!!! :o)

  28. Dear Pam, A wonderful dish. I love Mexican lasagna!! It is a nice twist on an old favorite. Keep warm. Blessings, Catherine xo

  29. Wow Pam love this lasagna look amazing gloria

  30. This sounds so good! I would never think Mexican when I think of lasagna, but after reading this I will have to try it.

  31. Pam, this is a great dish that my family enjoys. When the boys are visiting I make it a point to make this for them. Your version sounds wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  32. This would be right up my husbands alley. Anything Mexican and here is there.
    Thanks for coming by--come back soon.


  33. The colors and textures in your photos make it look so tempting.

  34. Looks delicious, love the Mexican flavors. Love lasagna. Looks like a winner to me!

  35. I have never heard of this before and now I am dying for a taste; saving this one for sure; thank you.

  36. OMG, this looks delicious. Love all the wonderful Mexican flavors and the addition of rice.

  37. Becki, thanks so much! I'm happy to see you here and have added your blog to my sidebar to catch your great recipes like those muffins!

    Nezzy, thanks and swipe all you want to and enjoy! Hope you try it for a great comfort food dish! You go girl!

    Catherine, thanks! You're right, it's a twist! It's 5 degrees now and I'm doing my best to keep warm. Hugs

    Gloria, thanks, glad you like it!

    Words Of Deliciousness, I know what you mean! It's a great surprise when baked, yum!

    Mary, great! I know for a fact how hungry boys can be and this dish would be right on spot for them! Hugs

    Melinda, thanks! I bet your hubby would love this and I will be back to your great blog soon also!

    Loveforfood, thank you! Your blog is great; food, drinks, design and all!

    Carol, thanks! It is a winner here for sure.

    Rita, great! I think you'll like it if you make it. Lots of good flavors, hearty and easy to make.

    Cathy, thanks! It's perfect for this cold weather here!

  38. Pam,
    This looks like a great dish for a gathering, like Superbowl. I'm adding this to my Superbowl menu. It's great that you can tailor this dish to your likes.

    Stay warm and safe. sounds like we in for a big snowstorm tomorrow.

  39. Becky, yes! It would be great for Super Bowl! Thanks! Same to you, it sounds like there will be snow and more snow tomorrow!!! Yuch!

  40. Everything about this just screams EAT ME! In fact, just bury me in a pan of this and I'll eat my way out.

    Actually, doubt I could do that, I bet one plate is very filling, but worth it.


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