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Say hello to Mexican Lasagne. Tasty chilli with added beans and veggies, layered up with tortillas and cheese and baked until crunchy on top. Is it actually a lasagne? Maybe not. Is it a delicious quick and easy dinner? Definitely!

Mexican lasagne in a white dish topped with cheese, spring onions and chilli with a spoon lying in the dish.

What is a Mexican Lasagne, I hear you cry? Stick with me on this one because it is SO GOOD.

Look, I’m using the term ‘lasagne’ here quite loosely to replace saying ‘layer everything up with a sheet of a carbohydrate in between’. Please forgive me Italy, this is no reflection on beloved Lasagne al Forno.

This is another really easy mince beef meal. It’s not as simple and everyday as a chilli, but not as complicated to make as enchiladas or tacos as you don’t have to wrap or roll anything into shape. And anything that makes things a little easier is a win in my book.

You’ll love this recipe because:

✅ A bit of fun and different

✅ All made in one dish

✅ Loads of flavour and budget-friendly

Close up of Mexican Lasagne with a spoon scooping out a portion.

Some tips for making Mexican Lasagne

⭐️I have made this recipe with both corn tortillas and wheat ones, and I found the wheat the better option as they have a better texture for this dish. If you’re very anxious not to have soggy tortillas, go for wholewheat ones.

⭐️ This isn’t your regular chilli mixture, it’s much dryer, using salsa rather than tomato sauce. This is so that they tortillas don’t go soggy.

⭐️ I used black beans and sweetcorn but you could substitute in whichever beans you prefer.

 FAQs about this recipe

How do you make Mexican Lasagne?

Once you’ve made up the sauce by browning the mince and adding sweetcorn, beans, salsa, salt and pepper, spoon half of it to an ovenproof dish. Layer on two tortillas, which you can cut into shape if you need to, and layer the rest of the sauce on top. Cover it well with cheese and oven bake for about 25 minutes.

I always use pre-made taco seasoning for convenience and like to serve it with fresh chopped green peppers on top. Make sure your meat mixture is a little dry so you don’t make your tortillas too soggy!

Is this a spicy dish?

With the taco mix and extra spices, it has a little heat, which you can control up or down according to everyone’s taste. Leave out the chilli powder if you like it very mild, or add some fresh chillis to turn it up a notch and add a little more flavour!

What should I serve with this dish?

This is great with a few sides, especially if you’re making this meal for guests. Salsa, guacamole and a salad are ideal for smaller dips, or you could try my Mexican-Style Salad or Loaded Nachos as a starter.

Is this an authentic dish?

This is my version of a really fun dish that’s a hybrid between the flavours of one cuisine in the style of a completely different one, which I love because it shows how our world food can cross over and be played with and inspire each other. The Mexican Lasagne is definitely a ‘thing’, and this is my take on it, with budget, convenience and, of course, flavour in mind.

The origins of the traditional dish, better known as Budin Azteca, go back generations. Food blog Hispanic Kitchen reveals a bit more in this post about how Mexican Lasagne came about.

Mexican lasagne with beef mixture topped with uncooked tortillas in a white dish.

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5 from 15 votes

Mexican Lasagne

Say hello to Mexican Lasagne. Tasty chilli with added beans and veggies, layered up with tortillas and cheese and baked until crunchy on top. Is it actually a lasagne? Maybe not. Is it a delicious quick and easy dinner? Definitely!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, Peeled and crushed
  • 450 g Minced beef
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Chilli powder
  • 398g Tinned sweetcorn , 1 x tin drained and rinsed
  • 400g Black beans, 1 x tin drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp Tomato purée
  • 200 g Salsa, Pot from the fridge in the supermarket
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 Flour tortillas, (Regular size, or 8 small tortillas)
  • 100 g Grated cheese

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Heat oil and fry the onion, garlic and minced beef until brown all over, about 5 mins.
  • Add the cumin, paprika, garlic powder and chilli powder and fry for a further 5 minutes until the meat is coated in the spices. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Add the sweetcorn, beans, tomato puree, salsa, salt and pepper and mix well.
  • Put a third of the beef mix into an ovenproof dish. Layer on two tortillas (cut to fit if need be).
  • Repeat the above step twice (so you have 3 meat layers and 3 tortilla layers). Cover with the cheese and cook for 25 mins.

Notes

Minced beef I use 5% fat mince but you can use whichever you prefer.
Chilli powder I used Mild Chilli Powder but use whichever strength you prefer based on your preference.
Tortillas Wheat tortillas work better than corn here to keep them from going soggy.
Garnish I garnished with chopped spring onions and chopped chillis but it's not vital!

Nutrition

Calories: 575kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 39gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 730mgPotassium: 1314mgFiber: 15gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1268IUVitamin C: 34mgCalcium: 128mgIron: 7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
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5 Comments

  1. Hey, just curious. Absolutely love all the recipes I’m just wondering the estimate for the calories and protein and such is that for one person portion or for the entire meal. Thank you!! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I discovered this recipe 3 weeks ago, and tonight was my 3rd time making it on my 6 year old’s request! He absolutely loves it, especially with added cheese in the layers! I swapped out the black beans for a tin of mixed taco beans in spicy sauce (from Aldi) and some red kidney beans. When he came out of school tonight, he told him that we were having it for tea and he promptly declared that this is the “BEST. DAY. EVER” 😂