Mexican Lasagna

Recipes from 7/29/17 by Chef Michelle Bernstein


½ pound ground beef

½ pound ground pork (you can substitute sausage, casings removed)

2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix (recipe follows)

1 large jar purchased red salsa

1 large can refried black beans (you can cook your own beans and smash yourself if you like)

Corn tortillas

1 small jar purchased green salsa

1 bag grated Mexican blend cheese mix

Queso Fresco, crumbled

Sliced black olives, for garnish

Sour cream, for garnish


Heat a large sauté pan over medium-heat.  Brown the ground beef and pork until cooked through.  If necessary, drain off all but 1 tablespoon of fat.  Add the taco seasoning mix and cook for 1-2 minutes to toast the spices.  Add in the red salsa and heat through.  Remove from the heat.


In your baking dish, place a layer of ground beef on the bottom, spreading it out to form an even layer.  Top with a layer of refried black beans.  Place down a layer of corn tortillas next making sure to completely cover the dish.  Dot the tortillas with green salsa and top with a sprinkle of both cheeses.  Repeat the layering process at least twice more or until you reach the top of your baking dish.  The final layer should end with cheese.  Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with nonstick cooking spray (so the cheese doesn’t stick) and cover the lasagna completely.  Bake in a preheated, 350˚F oven for 30 minutes.  Uncover and continue baking just until the cheese is golden brown, about 10-15 more minutes.  Place a baking sheet tray on the rack under the lasagna to catch any drippings from the lasagna.  You can line the sheet tray with aluminum foil for easy clean-up.  Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.


Taco Seasoning Mix

You can easily double or triple this recipe to keep extra spice on hand for later!

1 tablespoons chili powder

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon onion powder

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

¼ teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon paprika

1½ teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon sea salt


Mix together all ingredients until well combined.