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Mexican Lasagna Skillet Casserole

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Mexican Lasagna Skillet is a Southwestern-inspired casserole made up of layers of tortillas, cheese, and taco meat. Simple, packed with flavor, and delicious!

Mexican Lasagna in a cast iron skillet with piece missing

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This easy, easy, easy, skillet dinner is an absolute must to serve when you want dinner in minutes with a handful of mostly pantry ingredients!

Top view of baked Mexican Lasagna Skillet Casserole

Plus, it’s super tasty, easy cleanup, and just fun! Add tortillas chips, a salad, maybe guacamole or homemade salsa — and you’re good to go!

We love it for Friday night dinners, game day food, or anytime we’re craving Mexican food!

Mexican Lasagna ingredients

Mexican Lasagna Skillet Ingredients

These simple, mostly pantry ingredients come together to make a delicious meal. See the recipe card for specific measurements.

You will need:

  • Ground beef (or turkey)
  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic
  • Taco seasoning
  • Canned diced green chiles
  • Canned diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • Flour tortillas (soft taco size that is about 8-inches in diameter)
  • Corn
  • Canned refried beans
  • Shredded Mexican cheese
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes
  • fresh cilantro or parsley leaves

Special Equipment Needed

All that’s needed is a 10-inch oven-safe skillet. I like to use two skillets; a nonstick skillet to saute the meat and vegetables, and a cast-iron skillet for baking the Mexican Lasagna.

How to Make Mexican Lasagna

Begin by preheating the oven to 375 degrees F and coating a 10-inch skillet with cooking spray.

Step 1: Cook the Meat

In another large skillet, saute ground meat and chopped onions over medium-high heat until cooked through. Stir in taco seasoning, salt, and garlic. Then add diced canned tomatoes and green chilis. Cook until the liquid is mostly evaporated.

Step 2: Assemble Mexican Lasagna

Spoon 1/3 of the meat mixture into the prepared skillet. Place a flour tortilla on top of the taco meat. Then carefully dollop and spread a layer of refried beans over the tortilla and 1/3 of the meat mixture. Top another tortilla, remaining refried beans, and taco meat. Sprinkle corn over the top.

Step 3: Bake Mexican Lasagna

Bake the lasagna for 20 minutes before removing the skillet from the oven. Add shredded cheese and season with salt and pepper if desired. Bake for 10 minutes more, or until the cheese is melted. Garnish with chopped cherry tomatoes and parsley or cilantro.

Top view of Mexican Lasagna with wedge missing

FAQs: Mexican Lasagna Skillet Casserole

Can you use corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas?

Absolutely! I love flour tortillas but corn works equally well. You may need to overlap two or 3 smaller corn tortillas in each layer.

Can you use frozen corn instead of fresh corn?

Fresh corn cut from the cob is super delicious — but frozen corn is quick and easy. Off-season, I use frozen corn all of the time.

What other toppings can you use on the Mexican Lasagna?

In addition to chopped fresh cilantro or parsley and fresh tomatoes, green onions and sour cream are delicious! Anything you love on a taco is good here!

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Mexican Lasagna in a cast iron skillet with piece missing

Mexican Lasagna Skillet Casserole

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Mexican Lasagna Skillet is a Southwestern-inspired casserole made up of layers of tortillas, cheese, and taco meat. Simple, packed with flavor, and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes (or tomatoes with green chilies)
  • 3 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 2 flour tortillas (soft taco size)
  • 1 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can refried beans
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
  • fresh cilantro or parsley leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and coat a 10-inch skillet with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In another large skillet, saute the ground meat and chopped onions over medium-high heat until cooked through; about 10 minutes. Stir in the taco seasoning and garlic. Then add the diced tomatoes and green chilies. Cook until the liquid is mostly evaporated.
  3. Spoon 1/3 of the meat mixture into the prepared skillet. Place a flour tortilla on top of the taco meat. Then carefully dollop and spread a layer of refried beans over the tortilla and 1/3 of the meat mixture. Top another tortilla, remaining refried beans, and taco meat. Sprinkle corn over the top.
  4. Bake the lasagna for 20 minutes before removing the skillet from the oven. Add shredded cheese and season with salt and pepper if desired. Bake for 10 minutes more, or until the cheese is melted. Garnish with chopped cherry tomatoes and parsley or cilantro.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 861mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 27g

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6 Comments

  1. This recipe was a huge hit in my house. Wow. Great flavors, super easy to make. I added some Mexican rice to the layers. My husband is already requesting I make this again. So good.

  2. Does the package have to say “soft tortillas”? A Denver, CO based company, Tortillas Mexico, Inc. has a product called “Home Style” Flour Tortillas, with no mention of soft. I’m new to tortillas and want to make your delicious-looking recipe. Thanks.

    1. Hi Susan! That’s a great question. There are so many varieties of tortillas but the great thing about this recipe is that most all of them can work. I’m using a 10-inch cast iron skillet and the tortillas I most often use are 8-inch Mission Tortillas for soft tacos. Here is a link so you can take a look at them: https://www.missionfoods.com/products/soft-taco-flour-tortillas/. I like these because they are soft, a little thicker than some tortillas and it fills the skillet nicely. That being said, I’ve heard from a lot of readers who enjoy using corn tortillas, which are thinner. They will overlap 2 or 3 corn tortillas in each layer. Most often “homestyle” tortillas are also soft and a bit thicker. Hope this helps!

    1. That is a good clarification. I actually used 2 Mission Soft Taco flour tortillas — which are about 8-inches in diameter.

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