Mexican Lasagna

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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 with Tortillas on a 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.

Shredded chicken in a white bowl

assemble your 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 1/3 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 1/3 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!

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.

Mexican Lasagna with chicken on a plate

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. 😉

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Mexican Lasagna Recipe

5 from 2 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

  1. Cut tortillas in half and set aside.

  2. Mix chicken, sour cream, black beans, enchilada sauce, corn, half of cilantro and spices into a large bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake at 350 for 22-25 minutes or until cheese is bubble or dish is cooked all the way through.
  5. 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. Let me know how it goes. I was seriously so impressed with how good it was… not that it would be bad, but just because I’m not a fan of casseroles. I think you guys will like it. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a good day. 🙂

    1. It’s ours too!! We rarely go out for Mexican food since we eat it so much at home, but man, is it good!!!

  1. Hey! That is my sister’s recipe 🙂 How cool! Girls In Aprons is the blog she and I and our other sister have together. Thanks for featuring Celeste’s recipe! We all agree that it’s pretty darn tasty!

    1. Let me know how the casserole went!! And let me know if you try the spanish rice recipe too – it is so good, and my kids could eat by the bowl-full! 😀

  2. OMGoodness, this was absolutely delicious! We loved it! I haven’t been so excited about a recipe in a long time. 🙂 I printed copies for all the girls at work. It was both so easy to make and tasty that I’ve decided this will be my new go-to dish for new parents freshly home from the hospital. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Could I make this with ground beef instead of chicken? What would I use instead of the sour cream? The chicken looks really delicious, but I have some ground beef to use up! Thank you!