Mexican lasagna is a dish that substitutes traditional Italian ingredients, such as pasta, tomato sauce, mozzarella and Italian herbs and spices for ingredients common in Mexican cuisine, such as chili powder, black beans, taco sauce, corn and cheddar cheese. It is very quick and easy to prepare.
Easy Mexican Lasagna Recipe
This recipe was originally featured on "30 Minute Meals" with Rachel Ray on the Food Network, and can be found on the Food Network website. It is rated as "easy" by both the network and reviewers.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Ready in: 30 minutes
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 pounds ground chicken breast
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 cup taco sauce or salsa
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 8 8-inch flour tortillas
- 2 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
- 2 scallions
- Salt to taste
- Prepare the oven and baking dish
- Prepare the meat
- Layer the lasagna
- Bake the lasagna
Use 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to grease a baking dish. Turn on the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Chop the onion. Turn on the stove to medium-high and heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet. Brown the ground chicken with the chili powder, cumin and onion. Add the taco sauce or salsa, corn and beans to the meat mixture. Season the meat mixture with salt.
Cut the tortillas into large pieces. Layer the meat mixture, tortillas and cheese in the greased baking dish.
Bake the lasagna for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with a scallion garnish.
Many reviewers comment that they substituted the ground chicken with ground beef with good results. A similar recipe from Taste of Home magazine uses lasagna noodles in place of tortillas.