This Mexican lasagna recipe is easy and delish, all made up in the air fryer in minutes!

Layers of spicy beef, peppers, and heaps of cheese are covered in enchilada sauce and cooked to perfection in the air fryer. It’s the perfect recipe for any occasion. It’s sure to be a favorite with the whole family.

Mexican lasagna topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and olives

Air Fryer Mexican Lasagna

  • Mexican lasagna with tortillas comes out hot and cheesy with crispy tortillas around the edges. It’s as much fun to make as it is to eat!
  • Bring a south-of-the-border twist to a classic lasagna with this fun Mexican lasagna recipe that layers seasoned beef, veggies, and cheese between a stack of tortillas to make a deliciously easy side dish or main course!
  • Offer tasty toppings like sour cream, salsa, or guacamole! The options are endless! Serve up some Mexican corn (elote) and some air fryer stuffed avocado and make a party of it!

Ingredients & Variations

TORTILLAS: Use 6” flour or corn tortillas or cut tortillas to fit. Precooked lasagna noodles can be used if tortillas aren’t available.

MEAT: Ground beef can be made in the air fryer, on the stove, or use up leftover beef, chicken, or pork! Or use black beans or refried beans for a vegetarian meal and add extra peppers!

ADD-INS: There’s room for all your favorite taco extras! Corn, jalapenos, green chilis, black olives, diced onions, and tomatoes.

process of layering ingredients in a dish

How to Make Mexican Lasagna

  1. Prepare beef per recipe below (in the air fryer or on the stovetop).
  2. Layer enchilada sauce, tortilla, cheese, beef and peppers, and more sauce.
  3. Repeat layers 2 more times. Cook until cheese is melted.
  4. Garnish with cilantro before cutting into wedges. Serve hot.

Mexican lasagna on a plate

Air Fryer Tips & Tricks

  • Always preheat the air fryer and line the basket or tray with parchment paper for this recipe.
  • Grease the sides with cooking spray so the lasagna doesn’t stick.
  • Check for doneness halfway through the cooking time since air fryer times and temps can vary.
  • Allow Mexican lasagna to rest for about 5 minutes before removing and serving.

How to Store Mexican Lasagna

Keep leftover Mexican lasagna in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat portions in the air fryer. Freeze wedges in zippered bags for up to 4 weeks. Reheat from frozen, if desired.

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Air Fryer Mexican Lasagna

This easy "lasagna" recipe layers ground beef, enchilada sauce and Mexican cheese blend for a delicious meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients  

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 10 ounces enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese blend shredded, or more to taste
  • 1 green bell pepper diced, or red bell pepper
  • 4 flour tortillas 6-inch

Instructions 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 380°F.
  • Combine ground beef, taco seasoning, and 3 tablespoons of water in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Put the beef mixture directly into the air fryer basket and cook 5 minutes. Break the beef up with a spoon and cook an additional 5 minutes or until browned. *see note
  • Reduce the air fryer to 350°F.
  • Line the bottom of an air fryer safe pan with parchment paper. Grease the sides.
  • Place 3 tablespoons of enchilada sauce in bottom of the pan.
  • Layer 1 tortilla, ⅓ of the cheese, ⅓ of the beef mixture, ⅓ of the bell peppers, and ½ cup of enchilada sauce. Repeat layers 2 more times.
  • Top with 1 tortilla and any remaining enchilada sauce. Cover the dish tightly with foil.
  • Bake for 16-20 minute or until cheese is melted. Cool in the dish 5 minutes.
  • Run a knife along the edges of the dish to loosen the tortillas. Flip the dish over onto a serving plate.
  • Cut into wedges and garnish as desired.

Notes

Option: Beef can be browned on the stovetop in a frying pan if desired.
Cooking time will vary based on the brand and model of your air fryer and the width of the cooking pan.
Optional additions: corn, jalapenos, diced onion, diced tomatoes, cilantro. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 1957mg | Potassium: 530mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1773IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 426mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican

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Holly is a mom of 4 with a love for all things air fryer! Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making recipes for the everyday home cook!
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  1. The pic of the lasagna shows kernel corn in it but no where in the recipe does it mention adding kernel corn ….

    1. Hi Barbara, You can add corn (optional) in Step 7 when layering in all the ingredients. Enjoy!

      1. Thank you! Also, looking at the pics it really looks like you’ve used Corn Tortillas topped with Refried Beans, also not mentioned ?

        1. Hi Barbara, this recipe is in the process of being updated so I completely understand the confusion. You can layer it directly on the tortilla (corn or flour, we used flour tortillas but you could use corn!), top with the cheese, meat, and veggie mixtures and repeat for each layer if you would like.

    1. Hi Sue, the meat is browned in the instant pot using the saute function in step 2. Then cooked in the air fryer using the Bake function in step 5. Hope that helps!