Taco Lasagna

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Taco Lasagna combines saucy taco meat with two types of cheese, layered in sheets of lasagna, and baked to cheesy perfection.

Taco Lasagna in the pan fresh out of the oven.

Taco Lasagna Is…

  1. Fusion Fun: Classic lasagna meets Mexican flavors – best of both worlds.
  2. Kid & Adult Approved: Everyone’s happy at the dinner table.
  3. Fun To Top It Your Way: Load it up with your fave toppings.
  4. Great To Prep Ahead: Whip it up early, enjoy later.
  5. Better as Leftovers: Tastes even more amazing the next day.

Veggies being sautéed, seasonings, tomato paste, and beef being added to the pot for this taco lasagna.

Taco Lasagna Ingredients

  • Lasagna: Boil in well-salted water to thoroughly season.
  • Veggies: Sauté onion, pepper, and minced garlic in oil.
  • Protein: Use lean ground beef, or swap it with ground turkey.
  • Seasonings: Mix it up with taco seasoning and add beef bouillon for depth.
  • Tomato Base: Stir in tomato paste and fire-roasted diced tomatoes for a rich sauce.
  • Enchilada Sauce: Pick mild or hot to control the spice level.
  • Cheese: Layer on the extra-sharp Cheddar and Monterrey Jack.

Topping Ideas

  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Lime wedges for squeezing
  • Sliced avocado or guacamole
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Diced tomatoes or salsa
  • Sliced jalapeños for heat
  • Black olives, sliced
  • Green onions, thinly sliced
  • Pickled red onions for tang
  • Crushed tortilla chips for texture
  • Hot sauce for an extra kick

Tomatoes and enchilada sauce being added to the skillet and then the noodles being layered in the pan and sauce being added on top.

How To Make Taco Lasagna

  1. Cook Pasta: Boil lasagna in salted water; drain and lay flat to cool.
  2. Sauté Veggies: In olive oil, cook onion, red pepper, and garlic until softened.
  3. Brown Meat: Add ground beef to veggies, breaking it apart until fully cooked.
  4. Season: Stir in taco seasoning, beef bouillon, and tomato paste.
  5. Add Sauce: Mix in enchilada sauce and tomatoes.
  6. Assemble: In a greased dish, layer lasagna, meat sauce, and cheeses.
  7. Bake: Cover with foil, bake, then uncover and bake again.
  8. Serve: Garnish with toppings and enjoy!

The taco lasagna recipe ready to be served with toppings on top.

What To Serve With Taco Lasagna


How To Store Leftover Taco Lasagna

Storing Leftovers: Cool lasagna completely. Cover pan tightly with foil and refrigerate 3-5 days.

Freezing: Prepare without baking; cover with plastic wrap, then foil. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in fridge before baking and add 20-30 minutes extra bake time.

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Taco Lasagna

5 from 4 votes
Taco Lasagna combines saucy taco meat with two types of cheese, layered in sheets of lasagna, and baked to cheesy perfection.
Taco Lasagna in the pan fresh out of the oven.
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Taco Lasagna

Taco Lasagna in the pan fresh out of the oven.
5 from 4 votes
Taco Lasagna combines saucy taco meat with two types of cheese, layered in sheets of lasagna, and baked to cheesy perfection.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Taco Lasagna
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Chelsea Lords
Calories 452kcal
Cost $12.23


  • 9x13-inch baking dish (preferably ceramic)


  • 12 pieces of lasagna
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, finely diced (~1 cup)
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced (~1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 oz taco seasoning mix (or homemade -- Note 1)
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon (Note 2)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 pound lean (93/7) ground beef
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 14.5 oz crushed or petite-diced tomatoes
  • 10 oz mild red enchilada sauce  (Note)
  • 2 cups freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese , (pack to measure)
  • 2 cups freshly grated Monterrey Jack cheese, (pack to measure)
  • For serving: cilantro or green onions, lime, sour cream, avocado or guac, tomatoes/salsa, tortilla chips, olives, etc.


  • LASAGNA: Bring 12 cups water to a boil. Add 1 tbsp salt. Add lasagna pieces (plus a few extra for backup). Cook to al dente per package instructions. Drain; transfer pasta with tongs to a lightly sprayed sheet pan. Lay flat to prevent sticking and set aside.
  • VEGGIES: In a skillet over medium-high, heat oil. Add pepper & onion; sauté until onion is translucent. Mix in garlic, taco seasoning, beef bouillon, and tomato paste; cook for 30 seconds.
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • BEEF: Move veggies aside, increase heat to high. Add beef, let stand 30 seconds, then crumble and mix with veggies. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I add 1/2 tsp each).
  • TOMATOES: Stir in tomatoes and enchilada sauce. Cook 3-4 minutes, scraping bottom of pan to release any browned bits. Remove from heat, adjust seasoning.
  • ASSEMBLY: Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. Spread a thin sauce layer (~1/2 cup) on the bottom, then layer 3 pieces of lasagna, 1/4 of the sauce, and 1/2 cup of each cheese. Repeat for 4 total layers, finishing with sauce and cheese on top.
  • BAKE: Cover with foil sprayed with non-stick spray, bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 8-10 minutes until cheese melts. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • SERVE: Garnish with your favorite toppings (these seal the deal!) and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Nothing beats a homemade blend, but you can use a packet in a pinch. Here's our fave homemade taco seasoning:
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon each paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
Note 2: Omit if desired, but adjust the salt accordingly.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 31.2g | Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1165.2mg | Fiber: 3.8g | Sugar: 6g

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! My husband sure loved this meal a lot – I hope your family enjoys it as well!

  1. Wow, this looks incredible Chelsea! Love that you combined two of my favorites here – tacos + lasagna definitely = perfection 🙂 Can’t wait to try this recipe and thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great week!

  2. This is exactly my favorite kind of dinner. The husband and kids will eat just about anything if it includes pasta and it’s a good way for me to sneak extra Mexican into the rotation without getting shouted at for always making Mexican. 😉 Love this!

  3. 5 stars
    I just made this tonight and it was SO GOOD. I used your recipe for taco seasoning as well, which was really good. I just took out the cumin and used 2 TBSP of chili powder instead of 1. This recipe is so satisfying and delicious. This one’s going in the recipe binder!

  4. Made this recipe today and it was excellent. I added refried beans in two of the layers and also used the 19 ounce size of enchilada sauce to give the layers just a bit more liquid. I added just a bit of the sauce to a few of the layers.

  5. This looks easy and delicious! Is
    I will use ground turkey as we seldom eat red meat. I’ll also cut he cheese back a bit so the colesteral isn’t so high … thanks for the yummy recipes ! 👍

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