Spicy Tortilla Lasagna

September 30, 2012
Replace tortillas for noodles & swap salsa for sauce to create Spicy Tortilla Lasagna, a delicious alternative to traditional lasagna.  Such an easy dinner recipe idea!

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When it's C.R.A.Z.Y. busy, it's nice to have some super-easy stand-by dinner recipes to turn to.  You know the ones - the dinner recipes the whole family likes, that are easy to make, and you hardly even have to think about to pull them together.

For us, those easy stand-by dinner recipes are more often than not 4-Ingredient Quick & Easy Goulash, Buttermilk Baked Chicken, Oven Barbecue Chicken Thighs - and this Spicy Tortilla Lasagna.

When I'm pressed for prep time (or brain power), I always know I can turn to these recipes to get a tasty dinner on the table.

Replace tortillas for noodles & swap salsa for sauce to create Tortilla Lasagna, a delicious alternative to tradtional lasagna.  Such an easy dinner recipe idea!

This Tortilla Lasagna didn't exactly start out as a recipe.  It was more just something I threw together with tortillas and some other ingredients I had in the refrigerator one night.  Over time, it's evolved into the recipe I'm sharing in this post.

And it's now a favorite I've stuck with ever since.

I love that it comes together super quick, offers flexibility in the ingredients that can be used, and makes a big pan.  For our little family of three, that means there's always leftovers for another night.  (No cooking the next night - yay!)

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Start building this dish by spreading a small amount of salsa, which serves as this lasagna's sauce, in the bottom of a baking dish.

This keeps the bottom layer of tortillas from sticking to the bottom of the pan, and provides a tad of moisture for those tortillas to soak up.

Spicy Tortilla Lasagna - Salsa Layer Image

Next, layer in two whole tortillas and then tear small pieces from another tortilla to fill in the corners and any other "big" gaps.

I use whole wheat tortillas, but either whole wheat or regular tortillas work great.

Spoon in a layer of the lasagna filling on top of the tortillas.  I saute up a mixture of ground turkey or ground beef, black beans, corn, and canned diced tomatoes for the filling.

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Top the filling with a good dose of salsa and cheese.

Spicy Tortilla Lasagna - Cheese Layer Image

Then repeat ...

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And continue to build layers until the baking dish is full.

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Bake the lasagna for about 30 to 35 minutes until the cheese is melty and the edges are nice and bubbly.

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Then get ready to dig in - It's a tasty tortilla treat!  And a yummy alternative to traditional lasagna, especially if you're in the mood for a super easy spicy kick.

So just replace tortillas for noodles & swap salsa for sauce to whip up a big pan of this Spicy Tortilla Lasagna.  It may just become one of your super-easy stand-by dinner recipes to turn to in a time pinch, just like it is for us. 

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Spicy Tortilla Lasagna
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground turkey or ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • dash of crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 of a 10 oz. package frozen corn, thawed
  • 8 tortillas (I use whole wheat)
  • about 36 oz. salsa (mild, medium, hot, salsa verde, or a combination of any of these)
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
Directions
  1. Brown ground turkey or beef together with chopped onion; drain. Season with ground cumin, chili powder, crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Add black beans, corn, and diced tomatoes. Stir to combine.
  2. Spray a 9"x13" baking dish lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Spread a small amount of salsa in the bottom of the dish. Top with two whole tortillas; tear pieces from a portion of another tortilla to fill the corners and any other gaps around the sides of the pan. Top the tortillas with 1/3 of the meat/black bean mixture, 1/3 of the salsa, and 1/3 of the shredded cheese.
  3. Repeat to make two more layers.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes, until heated through and bubbly. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, if desired.
NOTE:  This is a very flexible recipe.  Adjust spices and other ingredients to fit your fancy!

Enjoy!

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14 comments

  1. Ha - you gotta love kids, huh? This lasagna sounds fabulous!

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  2. This looks so delicious! You have a wonderful blog!! I'm your newest follower from Stone Gable's blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back: godsgrowinggarden.com
    Thanks
    Angie

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  3. What a neat take on the traditional dish. This sounds really good, and easy. Thanks for the idea! (And I don't think you look like a boy in that picture, just for the record.)

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  4. Thanks for the idea of using tortillas like this. Have a great week!

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  5. LOL! You don't look like a boy in the picture! You're right, 6 year olds don't know tact, and that's one of the lovely things about them. :-) I'm going to try this recipe, it sounds delicious!

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  6. This sounds delicious! And easy...I am all for easy these days with a little man! You DO NOT look like a boy! I can say this with confidence because I looked like a boy for quite a few years with the Dorthy Hamill haircut! You, on the other hand, are quite cute...and girlish! :)

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  7. Love the recipe and your story. Kids do say what they think!

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  8. I love your little kid stories from your day in the class room. I would really enjoy your Spicy Tortilla Lasagna this is our kind of dish. Enjoy your weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. And when we were in first grade the word blog didn't exist. I am pinning this recipe. My teens will love it. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

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  10. This looks yummy. Thanks for a dinner idea this week!

    Lisa

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  11. Do you think I would be able to use flour tortillas in this recipe? We have a very severe corn allergy and I could not find the wheat tortillas. I will omit the frozen corn, that shouldn't change the taste too much, I just wonder if the flour tortillas will turn to mush...

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    1. Yes, I absolutely think you can use flour tortillas in this. While the flour tortillas may not 'hold' as long for leftovers (may get soggy after a while), I don't think they'll be mushy on the day (or even the day after) you make it. Let me know how they work!
      Enjoy, Alicia!

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  12. This recipe looks amazing! We'll be sure to have it when our son will be home...he LOVES all Mexican food.

    Found you on Nifty Thrifty Sunday link up...new follower!

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  13. I love the Mexican twist! And how fun to be able to show your blog to the kids. Thanks so much for linking up to Taste and Tell Thursdays!

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