Taco Lasagna

THIS. My Dad was of Mexican descent, so my Mom prepared many south-of-the-border recipes when I was growing up. A lot of people say that Mexican food is all the same, just arranged differently for each dish. So be it! I love it and I think you’ll love this Taco Lasagna, too.



  • 12 flour or corn tortillas (8”)
  • 2 cans (16 oz) refried beans
  • Completed Ground Beef Taco Filling
  • 1 can (15 oz) black or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups shredded cheese (I use Colby)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 1 cup Fresh Salsa
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place a baking rack in the middle of the oven. Lightly grease a 9 by 13 inch deep casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Prepare my Ground Beef Taco Filling recipe, then:
    • Mix cornstarch with water until the cornstarch has dissolved, then add to the beef mixture. Stir constantly and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture thickens.
    • Remove the skillet from heat and set aside.
  • Create the lasagna layers as follows:
    • Add two tortillas to the prepared casserole dish. Cut tortillas as needed to completely cover the bottom.
    • Add half of the refried beans and carefully spread them on top of the tortillas without moving the tortillas.
    • Add half of the beef mixture and spread it evenly.
    • Add half of the beans on top of the beef mixture.
    • Top with 1.5 cups of shredded cheese.
    • Repeat with another layer of tortillas, remaining refried beans, remaining beef mixture, remaining black or pinto beans and 1.5 cups of cheese.
    • Top with another layer of tortillas, spread fresh salsa over the final layer of tortillas and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Let cool for several minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and a dollop each of sour cream and guacamole.

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Wendell T. Harness

I’ve been building online properties since the late 1980’s and transitioned to web design in 1999. I formed Harness Media in 2005 to help businesses grow through online marketing. I also talk to cats in a silly voice.

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