Mexican Lasagna

Do you guys want to talk about Mexican Lasagna? Ok, great.

Let’s do it.

First of all, have you had it? It’s pretty life changing. My good friend Catherine, of Weelicious, just came out with her first cookbook. You may know her. Or recognize her. Her book was in my fall 2012 fav cookbook round up. (p.s. some of the winners have yet to claim their books – so hop on over and see if you so I can send you your cookbook of choice.) Anyways, today we are celebrating Catherine and her fab cookbook. And to make this an even bigger celebration, I feel like we should give away a cookbook? Whaddya think? I’m into it. Let’s go for it. (details below)

Mexican Lasagna on What's Gaby Cooking

Ok so Weelicious is the PERFECT book if you’ve got a family, lots of little kidlets to feed, and need fun, easy meals that the whole family can enjoy.

Growing up we always ate dinner together. And even though sometimes I wanted to ditch out on dinner and escape to the media room to go play The Sims, I really did appreciate being able to spend those 30 minutes with my fam enjoying a good meal. (quick side note. do you guys remember The Sims? basically the best computer game of all times right?! I wish I could still play it as my 26 year old self without being judged!!) My mom was no short order cook, so we ate whatever she wanted to make that night. And that’s what this book is all about. Each recipe works for little kids to adults and of all the recipes I’ve tried from the book so far, I’ve loved them all! Especially the Mexican Lasagna. I mean how can you go wrong with lightly toasted tortilla chips layered with shredded chicken, sour cream, cheese and salsa? It’s kind of my perfect meal.

I made the Mexican Lasagna last week when we had friends over for dinner. Every single person in the room was over 25 and guess what – we all LOVED the Mexican Lasagna. And I would be willing to bet that any child, my former picky self included, would have licked their plate clean. Good for kids. Good for adults. Everyone wins :)

You should make this. Maybe even tonight. It’s a pretty great way to kick off the weekend and only spend a short amount of time prepping to make a kick ass meal.



Ok and how about this giveaway? Who wants to win a copy of Weelicious?!? Just leave a comment here telling me your absolute FAVORITE thing to eat when you were a kid and you’ll automatically be entered to win. Check back next Friday the 28th and I’ll announce the winner right here on this post!!


UPDATE – Congratulations to Meagan @ A Zesty Bite for winning the giveaway!! I emailed ya to claim the book :) 

Or you can scoot on over to Amazon and order your very own copy because it’s now available everywhere books are sold :)

Good luck and happy weekend!!

Mexican Lasagna + A Giveaway

Mexican Lasagna + A Giveaway


  • cooking oil spray
  • 6 small corn tortillas cut into quarters
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mild chunky salsa (I used a spicy one since I don't have kids)
  • 1 lb cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 4 oz cream cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cup shredded Mexican cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a baking sheet with oil.
  2. Place the quartered tortillas on the baking sheet and lightly spray with the oil.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes and then set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the egg. Add the milk, sour cream, salsa, chicken, cream cheese, cilantro, scallions and salt. Stir to combine.
  5. Spray a 7x11 baking dish with oil. Arrange half of the tortillas in the dish. Spread half of the chicken mixture on top of the tortillas, then sprinkle half of the cheese on top. Repeat this for a second layer.
  6. Bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbling and the cheese is golden brown.

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  1. Roast Beef…..Mom made gravy that you could drink, I swear. Usually on Sunday, with all the trimmings, and everyone, plus a few extra, around the table…miss it!

  2. I’d have to say my Daddy’s BBQ chicken, he made up his own sauce, all I can remember is he used pickle juice not even sure if it was dill or sweet, he made up a huge batch every year for the “Plate Dinner” that the American Legion had. He never told anyone how he made it up, he passed away without passing the recipe on.

  3. I loved eating this strange casserole my mom made with broccoli, shell noodles, parmesan cheese, and SPAM! Ridiculous, but tasty!

  4. I may be alone in this because it was a family “recipe” — but as a kid, and still today, I could eat “Tomato and Noodle” every single day. I even requested it the morning my little sister was born as my godparents babysat for us! Tomato and noodle is about as easy as it gets: boil and drain noodles, put them back in the pot. Add tomato juice (NOT soup or paste, gotta be juice), salt, and pepper. Heat, and eat. Voila! :)

  5. My fav was the soup from the oyster stew my Mom used to make. I didn’t eat the oysters, but the stew itself was delicious with those little oyster crackers. Yum!

  6. Kind of weird, but I loooooved when my dad would make mac and cheese with cream of mushroom and tuna fish. Holy yum!

  7. My mom made dinner every night and it was always wonderful. The times she made Cincinnati Chili sticks out in my mind. It was so good and we got to assemble the dish ourselves, adding the spaghetti, meat, cheese and beans!

  8. My mom didn’t cook and my dad’s specialty was tan and grey food, but he did make a delicious turkey tetrazzini!

  9. I loved eating my mom’s meatloaf! There was something about it that just made it such a comfort food. I can’t seem to replicate it, but I still love eating it!

  10. I’m from Louisiana, where red beans and rice are a Monday meal tradition. I have always loved this dish ever since I was very little, and my mom still cooks it for me any time I visit her!

  11. I don’t even know if this counts but my favorite meal was thanksgiving. It was always at our house and my grandma, my aunt & uncle and cousins would come…sometimes a friend would be there…all of those good casseroles and my moms homemade yeast rolls!

  12. My favorite thing was the buttery grilled cheese sandwiches my Mom would make. So simple but mine never tasted as good.

  13. Quick question: is the “1 c milk salsa” a typo? I’m assuming you just mean ‘1 c chunky salsa”? Unless there is something out there I don’t know about… =)

    Swedish meatballs was a favorite for me growing up. We only had it around the holidays but I looked forward to it every year!

  14. I loved so many things my Mom made growing up, but I think Turkey Jambalaya was probably my favorite. I make it often for my own family now with a few healthier modifications as a yummy comfort meal.

  15. Pizzas mad on English muffins, great small for a kid to eat and the first thing I learned to make as one as well.

  16. my favorite thing to eat as a kid was (and still is…and may always be…) macaroni and cheese….so comforting!!!!

  17. Having been raised in Latin America and Cuba, (diplomat’s kid) I was lucky to get to eat tons of fabulous food! Cuban Roast Pork with Black Beans and Rice was one of my favorites. But, because it was hard for us to get American food overseas as everything had to be flown in, one of my favorite things to eat was white bread smeared with Kraft Mayo with fresh squeezed lemon juice and salt on it. Weird, I know. But my personal favorite at the time! Love your site!

  18. Hot roti right off the griddle with a dollop of melting salted butter…my absolute favorite…:)

  19. My Mom’s cinnamon rolls were my favorite thing to eat. I could smell them baking several houses away as I walked home from school-it’s one of my favorite memories.

  20. I loved chicken casserole with rice. The chicken was cooked until it fell off the bone, and then it was mixed with a roux and rice. Finally, the concoction was baked until crispy on top. The thought of it even makes me swoon!

  21. My favorite was always the homemade biscuits and sausage gravy. My Grandpa taught me to make it and nothing store bought even compares!

  22. My Mom’s spaghetti and meatballs. It was always perfect…and it suited my brother and I..and my Dad perfectly =)

  23. It has to be my mom’s fresh baked bread. So tasty and made the house smell so good! If only I could be the bread baker that she was. One day my dream will come true.

  24. Wow, this looks great. I’ve got some of these ingredients just sitting in the fridge wondering what I’m going to do with them….now I know! :-)

  25. Pasta pasta pasta! My dad is half Italian and would make the best dishes, but the *best* was when my (Polish) mom made my (Italian) grandmother’s pasta sauce and my dad would make the rest of the meal. So yummy! Or straight up grilled cheese with pepperoni and sauteed onions. Yum!

  26. I loved chicken strips/tenders/nuggets. Really if it was chicken and fried but had no bone I would have eaten it for breakfast, lunch and dinner if given the choice. I wish I could say I have completely grown out of that phase, but I do enjoy the occassional chicken strip.

  27. My mom’s pork roast with sweet and sour red cabbage was the ultimate in comfort food! I have tried, but can’t make it as well as she did!

  28. My two favorite things were Tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches, but my best was Roast beef tacos with potatoes.

  29. hmm. my favorite thing to eat as a kid was my mama’s french fry casserole: frozen french fries, cream of mushroom soup, cheese! absolutely delicious (and still a favorite, to be honest).

  30. I loved spaghetti. It was always a big deal and had to wear an oversized shirt to make sure I didn’t get any sauce on my clothes.

  31. My favorite thing to eat as a kid was my mom’s version of Cincinnati Chili…so warm and comforting :)

  32. My favorite thing to eat when I as a little kid was icecream cake. Farr’s used to (maybe still does) these vanilla icecream/chocolate cake rolls and they were my favorite thing as a child! It makes me happy just thinking about it!

  33. Nothing beats Nannie’s fried chicken. I’ve never had anything even come close to that level of deliciousness.

  34. My favorite thing was this bean, rice, kale, cottage ham, homemade sausage, love mixture my grandma made. Sort of a mix between a soup and a stew, different every time, but always perfect. It was a rare treat that no one can duplicate. It makes me miss her even more.

  35. I loved this potato casserole my mom makes that uses frozen hash browns, butter, cheese, and half ‘n half. Still love it! Not gourmet at all, but sometimes it is the simple things in life :)

  36. AS a child my favorite thing to eat was, Mac n Cheese, but not cooked, me and my best friend would eat the noodles raw/crunchy and dip them in the cheese powder. Gross I know, sounds like a pregnant ladies cravy. I also love my moms home cooked porkchops, still haven’t been able to master her recipe for my own family, so I rely on her. =)

  37. pizza… and still is pizza I think and I am now 29 a mother of three…. even though mexican food is all I want to eat lately!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  38. Migas (fried up corn tortillas with eggs) is a huge favorite from my childhood. It also carried me through the college years when I didn’t have much money for a food budget. Now I make it sometimes for my husband (works well for any meal)who had never had it before and hope to make it for my future kids some day!

  39. Although I grew up in a house that served authentic and homemade Mexican because of my mom, my dad made my favorite dish. It was steak, rice and green peppers with a brilliant juice that made everything meld together.

  40. My favorite as a kid was our goulash, we only had it if we were in a hurry for dinner and hadnt gotten something out of the freezer to that! Still love it today!

  41. When I was a kid, my favourite food was toad in the hole -big crispy Yorkshire pudding baked with sausages in it, always with carrots, broccoli and lots of gravy! <3

  42. This is going to sound weird. But I grew up in Hong Kong. My favorite food was fish ball noodle soup.

  43. I would have to say Shepard’s pie. When I am missing my mom the most, I make it. True comfort food for me.

  44. My favorite dish as a kid and to this day is fried matzos (matzo brei). Matzo crackers, egg, salt, and lots of butter = pure deliciousness!!!

  45. I think one of my favorites was my mom’s stuffed flank steak. She was an excellent cook, so it’s hard to choose one. My son makes Mexican Lasagna when we go to visit him and I love that too.

  46. Mum did an amazing sausage, bacon and liver casserole. Lacking any discernible table manners in my youth, I mixed the meat and veg into a huge pile with heaps of mashed potato. I’d like to think my culinary tastes have improved since then, but secretly I still long to spurn the careful presentation sometimes and return to my meaty mountain memories.

  47. My favorite was Mom’s spaghetti and meatballs. Her recipe is still my go to when I need serious comfort food!

  48. My very, very favorite thing to eat when I was a kid was stewed prunes…just kidding, it was this salad my family used to make that had tuna and cheese crackers in it, really weird, I know! You don’t have to enter me in for the cookbook, ’cause I already have it, woohoo!

  49. I was a weird kid- my favorite was my grandmother’s creamed corn (fresh in the summer or from her freezer year ’round). I loved it and wish I could recreate that dish!

  50. My grandma’s spaghetti and meatballs. We loved walking into her house and smelling that for dinner!

  51. My most favorite thing to eat as a kid was my Mama’s Devil’s food chocolate cake and my MEMA’s chicken pastry!

  52. My mom’s asparagus with white sauce. So delicious. Also home made sauerkraut. Can’t make it like she did.

  53. I’m 30 years old and I still play the Sims every so often. It’s completely addicting and even more fun now with all the new improvements. None of my friends know,…your’s don’t have to either. Go play!

  54. My mom’s cheese spaghetti is easily my favorite meal. She makes it for me every time I make it out to see her. It’s one of the only things she can cook that doesn’t turn into a burnt mess!

  55. Favorite was my mothers applesauce muffins..tops dipped in melted butter, then cinnamon and sugar.

  56. My Mom’s “Sorta-Lasagna” was my favorit – pasta, marinara sauce, spinach, sausage, and mozarella cheese chunks heated in a skillet. Easy, cheesy, and comforting!

  57. As a kid I loved hot dogs….would eat them every day if my mom let me. As an adult….not so much. But I do enjoy a hot dog from Teds when I am visiting family in Buffalo!

  58. My favorite was when my dad did a summer cookout. We’d have sliced steak sandwiches on toasted (on the grill) onion buns with Open Pit BBQ sauce. Yum!

  59. I can’t believe that I am fessing up to this, but I loved Swanson’s Fried Chicken TV dinners. We only got them when my parents went out – as a very special treat (crazy that that was considered a treat back then!) but I loved them! One year when my mom asked what I wanted for my birthday dinner, that is what I wanted. Makes me cringe to think about that now!

  60. My favorite meal growing up was swedish meatballs with white rice and a side of frozen peas! My mom made this one all the time and it still is a family favorite!

  61. Steak! Could not get enough of it when I was a kid, although it was kind of a special meal since it wasn’t a cheap dinner for our family :)

  62. My favorite food from my childhood was my mom’s chicken noodle soup. It’s so simple, but to this day, I just crave it whenever I need a little comfort. I make a ginormous batch whenever my kiddos are sick–it always does the trick! It’s the only meal that my mom made or that I now make that NO ONE has any complaints about–all you hear is the clink of spoons against the bowl and slurps of soup being drank!

  63. Chicken & Dumplings…My grandmother made the best but I have worked and worked over the years and finally think I come close to hers. I still love it and when any of my girls are sick or need a pick-me-up, they always want chicken and dumplings. BTW – I love your blog.

  64. Thanks for the opportunity Gaby. This looks like a fantastic cookbook – anxious to see what I could try

  65. My favorite thing to eat as a kid was graham crackers in milk. (Eaten like cold cereal–break them up and pour milk over.) Whenever we had “make your own supper” night, that is what I would have.

  66. My favorite food was strawberries! My mom’s mom always told me I was going to turn into one. :)

  67. Toss up between gram’s roti and curry shrimp (Trinidadian food!) and her strange but awesome chicken thighs baked in combo of fruit cocktail and ketchup sauce :-)

  68. I really enjoyed having grilled cheese when I was growing up. My mom would often have me make it when my dad was working night shift. A lot of people have told me I make super good grilled cheese.

  69. I absolutely adored when my dad made a stir fry. It was partially about delicious food and partially about helping him prepare all of the ingredients.

  70. Grilled cheese for sure. I didn’t even realize that they are a million times better with a slice of tomato grilled in until I was an adult….yum!!!!

  71. Love these Mexican flavors all rolled up in a lasagna. I’ve been craving Mexican for a few weeks now, so I’ve got to try this recipe! Thanks for a great post!

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