Mexican Lasagna

If you’re a fan of Mexican food, you’ll LOVE this Mexican Lasagna recipe! Flour tortillas layered with tons of cheese, shredded chicken, las palmas green chile enchilada sauce, black beans, corn, and lots of seasonings!!

Although we love our traditional Mexican dishes—like tacos, enchiladas, and burritos—it’s fun to switch it up now and then with a dish like this Mexican lasagna!

Mexican lasagna on plate

a classic meal – mexican style!

As you probably know by now, my family are HUGE fans of Mexican food! We make it all the time for typical weeknight dinners, and you can pretty much guarantee that it will make an appearance at nearly every extended family gathering. In fact, it was actually my mom who found this recipe for Mexican Lasagna years and years ago in the LDS Living Magazine.

Let me preface by saying that this dish looked a lot like a casserole, and I’m not the biggest casserole lover. But I decided to try it anyway, and to my surprise it was one of the best recipes I had tried in a LOOOONG time!

It’s called Mexican Lasagna because all of the ingredients are layered, similar to a traditional lasagna. Except they are all ingredients you would find in Mexican food! Tortillas instead of noodles, chicken in green chile sauce instead of beef in tomato sauce, black beans instead of spinach… You get the picture!

Bottom line, it’s sooooo cheesy and delicious, plus it’s extremely simple to put together! Trust me, this Mexican Lasagna recipe will not leave you disappointed.

Mexican lasagna filling

How to make mexican lasagna

TORTILLAS. Cut tortillas in half, and set aside.

CHICKEN MIXTURE. Mix shredded chicken, sour cream, black beans, enchilada sauce (store bought or homemade), corn, half of your cilantro and all the spices into a large bowl.

LAYER. In a prepared 9×13 pan, scoop ⅓ of the chicken mixture into the bottom of the pan, spreading it evenly. Place one layer of cut tortillas over the chicken mixture. Top the tortillas with ⅓ of your shredded cheese. Repeat layering the chicken mixture, tortillas and cheese two more times. So in the end, there will be 3 layers of the chicken, tortilla, and cheese sequence.

(Tip: place the tortillas with the straight edge where you cut it against the side of the pan, and then fill in the remaining hole in the middle.)

BAKE. Bake at 350° for 22-25 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. The dish should be cooked all the way through.

SERVE. We like to serve our Mexican Lasagna with additional sour cream and cilantro, but this is totally optional!

How to layer mexican lasagna

Additions and Substitutions

  • Extra Ingredients: Try adding olives, diced onions, sliced jalapenos, or chili peppers.
  • Tortillas: Substitute the flour tortillas with similarly sized corn tortillas. 
  • Chicken: If you don’t have time to make shredded chicken, you can use canned chicken or a rotisserie chicken and shred with fork.
  • Cheese: Using a different cheese bend can certainly change up the flavor. We recommend a Mexican cheese blend but you can try a ry grated marble colby jack, or a cheddar and pepper jack blend.

Easy mexican lasagna

Making ahead and storing

Make ahead of time: Before baking your Mexican lasagna, cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 2 days. Remove plastic and bake according to recipe directions.

Left overs: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave or in an oven. Preheat to 350 degrees F and bake for about 10-15 minutes depending on the quantity of leftovers. 

Freezer: Cover uncooked dish with plastic wrap adding foil over the top sealing in the edges tightly. Label and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before heating. Bake according to recipe directions

This dish is perfect for large gatherings because it can easily feed a crowd. We like to make it for Cinco de Mayo whenever we have a party! Try Mexican Lasagna for your next get together, it will not disappoint. 😉

Mexican Lasagna recipe

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Mexican Lasagna Recipe

5 from 12 votes
Flour tortillas layered with tons of cheese, shredded chicken, las palmas green chile enchilada sauce, black beans, corn, and lots of seasonings!!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 339 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken cooked and shredded
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 15 oz black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups Las Palmas Green Chile Enchilada sauce
  • 15.25 oz corn drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 12 small flour tortillas
  • 8 oz Mexican Cheese Blended shredded

Instructions
 

  • Cut tortillas in half and set aside.
  • Mix chicken, sour cream, black beans, enchilada sauce, corn, half of cilantro and spices into a large bowl.
  • In a 9x13 pan, scoop ⅓ of chicken mixture into the bottom of the pan. Spread evenly. Place one layer of cut tortillas over the chicken mixture. Top with ⅓ of shredded cheese. Repeat with chicken mixture, tortillas and cheese. In the end, there will be 3 layers of the chicken, tortilla, and cheese sequence.
  • Bake at 350 for 22-25 minutes or until cheese is bubble or dish is cooked all the way through.
  • Serve with additional sour cream and cilantro if desired.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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    1. 5 stars
      We made this tonight with corn tortillas. While the flavor was amazing, the top layer of tortillas dried out in the oven and were a little tough to cut through. I’d recommend maybe covering it with sprayed aluminum foil for most of the cooking time then uncovering it at the end. Again, it’s delicious and we’re definitely going to make it again. 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! I did not have the the green chile enchilada sauce so i made recipe with the reD enchilada sauce. My family loved it!!! Tgis rexipe is a keeper!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe was so good I made a second batch the next day. Not because my family and I eat it all my dog got on the stove and finished off the remaining eight pieces!!!!
    He’s obviously a big dog, couldn’t resist🙄
    I added green chilies, black olives, mushroom and onion, super yummy.

    Also in response to the person’s question about making it vegetarian I found using veggie ground beef works great in these recipes

    1. I’m so glad you and your family AND your dog liked it too! 😉 All of those additions sounds delicious! Thanks so much for sharing what you do!

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