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Tex-Mex Enchilada Skillet Lasagna

This comforting Cheesy Enchilada Skillet Lasagna comes together in a single skillet and is packed with veggies and Tex-Mex flavor.

Enchilada Lasagna in a skillet with avocado slices

This Cheesy Tex-mex inspired lasagna is made in a single skillet! #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Way back in the day when the Mr. and I were newlyweds inhabiting a 900 square foot apartment with the narrowest galley kitchen you’ve ever seen, I made my first skillet lasagna.

Making a regular lasagna in that tiny kitchen would have tried my patience, my dish washing abilities, and my marital communication skills. But lasagna made with just a single skillet, a lone cutting board, and 45 minutes? That I could do.

My kitchen has doubled in size since those early days, but that doesn’t stop me from making skillet lasagna on a regular basis. It’s such a quick, satisfying dinner, and hey, just because I have a bigger sink these days doesn’t mean I want to use it.

This Enchilada Skillet Lasagna is loaded with veggies and tex-mex flavors!

Believe it or not, the one-skillet, hands-off aspect of this dish isn’t even the best part. The best part is how versatile is. This dish is begging to be changed up. It screams for different cheeses, shouts for new veggies, pleads for ethnic flair.

And so this Tex Mex Skillet Lasagna was born. For some reason, my craving for Mexican food increases exponentially in the summer time. Maybe it’s the availability of all the fresh veggies, or the leafy cilantro overflowing from my herb garden, but come June I’m wanting ALL THE SPICY FOODS.

Cheesy Enchilada Skillet Lasagna-- made in under an hour in a single skillet!

This lasagna delivers a one two punch of spicy flavor and healthy, fresh ingredients. It’s packed with bell peppers, tomatoes, jalapeno, and corn, and finished with diced avocado and cilantro. All of the veggies find their home amidst the warm heat of enchilada sauce, a bit of shredded cheese, and lasagna noodles.

I find sneaking veggies into pasta dishes is one of the safest ways to slip them past the detecting eyes of your pickiest eaters. After all, who can resist a cheesy, saucy pasta dish? No one needs to know it happens to be chock full of fresh veggies.

Cheesy Enchilada Skillet Lasagna is a healthy, comforting dinner made in under an hour.

Another way you can healthify a pasta dish like this? Sub the ground beef for ground turkey. It’s an easy swap that cuts the fat and leaves no one the wiser. You can also sub whole wheat pasta for white to up the fiber, protein, and nutrients in your favorite comforting pasta dishes.

Before you know it, you’ve transformed the ultimate comfort food, lasagna, into a no fuss, single skillet, healthy Sunday Supper. That’s a win for your schedule, your body, and most importantly, your new summer manicure.

Cheesy Tex-Mex Enchilada Skillet Lasagna--a comforting weeknight meal that's loaded with veggies!

Tex Mex Skillet Lasagna #ChooseDreams #SundaySupper

Prep Time 15 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 35 minsCook Time
Total Time 50 mins Total Time
Yields 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups red enchilada sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 whole wheat lasagna noodles, broken into 2 inch lengths
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a very large saute pan over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno. Cook until starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink.
  2. Stir in the corn then season the mixture with cumin, chili powder, oregano, and salt.
  3. Scatter pasta onto meat but do not stir. Pour diced tomatoes with juice and enchilada sauce over pasta. Cover and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender, about 20-25 minutes. Allow the mixture to simmer uncovered for the final five minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and sprinkle with cheese. Allow the mixture to stand uncovered for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and mixture is thickened. If desired, you can throw it under the broiler for a few minutes to brown on top. Serve with fresh avocado slices and cilantro.

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  • Renee Dobbs June 22, 2014, 6:35 AM

    I’m holding out my plate so you can put that big scoop of lasagna on it… I’ll take an extra helping please and thank you.

  • Marjory @ Dinner-Mom June 22, 2014, 7:05 AM

    This is sooo cheesy and good. I wouldn’t even need any meat at all! I’m getting out my skillet this week.

  • Katie June 22, 2014, 9:06 AM

    Ohhhh my gosh…the cheesy delicious goodness! I love that it’s packed with veggies and that there is only one pot. That is always a big plus in my mind! And probably for my husband too…since he’s the one who washes the dishes after dinner… 😉

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood June 22, 2014, 10:51 AM

      Nice! It’s a lot easier to convince my hubby to do dishes when there’s only one pot. That’s for sure!

  • Constance June 22, 2014, 9:17 AM

    Who can resist this cheesey goodness? I have no idea – certainly not me!

  • cupcakekalechip June 22, 2014, 9:41 AM

    This looks amazing. My 4 year old would just dive into that skillet!

  • Shannon C June 22, 2014, 10:51 AM

    What a great dish! I love the flavors in this lasagna twist. Yum!

  • Deanna Samaan June 22, 2014, 11:03 AM

    I love the flavor twist on this!! Yummy!!!

  • Isabel Laessig June 22, 2014, 11:13 AM

    Love the idea of sneaking veggies in pasta dish — perfect for kids!!

  • Wendy June 22, 2014, 11:23 AM

    Yummy…this totally my kind of lasagna!!!

  • Beate @ The Not So Cheesy Kitc June 22, 2014, 2:01 PM

    This is THE perfect idea – love everything about this dish! Yummy!

  • Run DMT June 22, 2014, 2:12 PM

    How clever and simple! I could eat Mexican every day.

  • Cindys Recipes June 22, 2014, 3:00 PM

    Skillet meals are the best!

  • Jennifer Drummond June 22, 2014, 3:16 PM

    I love skillet meals, so simple and easy, plus yours looks just delicious! Yum!!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog June 22, 2014, 3:40 PM

    I’m totally swooning over this skillet full of deliciousness. Your pictures are gorgeous. Pinned.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood June 24, 2014, 3:01 PM

      Thanks Jennie! I’ve been trying to capture a cheesy scoop shot for awhile. This is the closest I’ve gotten!

  • Heather S-G June 22, 2014, 4:36 PM

    I. Want. This. Right. NOW!

  • Alida June 22, 2014, 8:58 PM

    Wow….this is perfection in a skillet! YUM! Beautiful photos too!

  • Joanne (eats well with others) June 23, 2014, 7:29 AM

    Skillet lasagna is my new favorite discovery! I’ve just been making it the normal lasagna way, but i think it definitely needs to get tex-mex-ed up!

  • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere June 23, 2014, 9:43 AM

    I love that you used corn and ground turkey in this. It looks amazing!

  • Julie June 23, 2014, 2:32 PM

    This is totally going on one of my upcoming dinner plans!

  • littleredkitchen June 24, 2014, 12:12 PM

    Yes! Just everything about this. I’ve done skillet lasagna before but cheated with ravioli but I love your way too!

  • Malen July 3, 2014, 3:21 PM

    I like this idea, but I will substitute tortillas sautéed in hot oil instead of the noodles. After making it the first time I will play around with variations. GREAT IDEA! I think it will also be comforting in the cold season.
    Thank you so much.

  • Lauren Larson July 6, 2014, 9:04 PM

    Just had this for dinner and it was delicious! The husband scarfed it down. Didn’t change a thing about it other than I used ground beef instead of turkey because that is what I had on hand. I loved that it was all made in one pot. I will definitely be making this recipe again! Thanks.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood July 6, 2014, 9:34 PM

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to come back and let me know. It makes my day!

  • NarsTempus October 8, 2014, 8:34 PM

    I used Boca crumbles, and it turned out amazing! Thanks for the filling and easy recipe!

  • Joyce Stevens September 25, 2016, 9:34 PM

    I’ve got to try this. It sounds wonderful. The other variations mentioned sound as wonderful. These web sites are jus great.

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