Taco Lasagna

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We ranch in Utah, so as you might imagine, we’re all about the beef. I’m always looking for creative ways to put ground beef to use. And let’s face it – for any of us, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to dinner ideas. This twist on a classic is the perfect remedy. Huge hit at our table full of boys! ~Kathy

Ingredients: 

1 lb. hamburger

½ c. onion, chopped fine 

1 pkg. taco seasoning

8 oz. tomato sauce

¼ tsp. cumin

¼ tsp. garlic powder

4 oz. diced green chilies (I use mild)

1 can (15 oz.) refried beans

1 c. your favorite salsa

1/3 c. Mexican table cream (or substitute heavy cream)

2 c. Colby jack cheese, shredded

12 oz. lasagna noodles

Non-stick cooking spray 

Instructions: 

In a large skillet, cook together hamburger and chopped onion. Drain grease. Return to skillet.

Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions and set aside. Spray 9×13” deep pan with non-stick spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 350˚F. 

Sprinkle taco seasoning over ground beef, add tomato sauce, cumin, garlic powder, green chilies and refried beans over medium low heat.  Stir together to combine and heat through.

Start assembling lasagna by adding about 1/3 c. of ground beef mixture into bottom of pan. Add 3 or 4 noodles to begin first layer.  Divide meat mixture into thirds, using part for each layer.   Add meat mixture on top of noodles, spreading into an even layer. Top with 1/3 of salsa, table cream and shredded cheese, drizzling evenly over the layer. Continue with two additional layers, ending with salsa, table cream and shredded cheese. 

Cover with foil (sprayed with non-stick spray if it’s touching cheese layer).  Bake for 25 – 30 minutes covered, then an additional 10 – 15 minutes uncovered, until bubbly and heated through.

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