Mexican Lasagna Rollups

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Mexican Lasagna Rollups

Mexican lasagna rollups are a fun twist on classic lasagna.  Mexican flavors spill into this classically Italian dish to get one amazing vegetarian Mexican lasagna.

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Hi everyone!

I’m back in Asheville finally.  After a long weekend of being on the road, it is so nice to be home.  Today I’ve cooked up something really yummy for you.

Is this lasagna??  Is this Mexican food???

My friends, it is both.

And it is gooooood.

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna Rollups / Running in a Skirt

Mexican lasagna rollups is actually one of the first recipes I figured out when I started cooking on my own.  These babies have been out of my normal rotation for a few years, but I’m so happy they are back.   You might think the lasagna-Mexican combination is a bit strange, but it actually works so well together.

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna Rollups / Running in a Skirt

The hardest part of the recipe is boiling the lasagna noodles.  The trick to keep them from sticking to each other is using a shallow pan and adding a little oil to the water.  Fan your noodles out in the pan like shown.  The recipe calls for eight noodles, so I boil mine in two batches.  I use tongs to pull the noodles out of the water so I don’t have to restart the water boiling.

I learned this tip from watching Giada on the the Food Network so you know it is legit!

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna Rollups / Running in a Skirt

The stuffing is low fat ricotta, black beans, Mexican cheese, a can of green chilies and some Mexican spices.

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna Rollups / Running in a Skirt

To make the Mexican lasagna rollups you lay each noodle out flat and line up a little less than 1/2 a cup of the cheese mixture.  Leave the end of the noodle free so there is room to start and end the rolling.

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna Rollups / Running in a Skirt

You then gently roll up the Mexican lasagna, making sure to not roll it so tight that the cheese oozes out the side.

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna Rollups / Running in a Skirt

Finish by placing all of the rolls seem side down in a greased glass pan.

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna Rollups / Running in a Skirt

You cook the Mexican lasagna rollups covered with foil until the last ten minutes where you add simple jarred salsa to the top.

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna Rollups / Running in a Skirt

The end result is perfectly proportioned vegetarian Mexican lasagna goodness!

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna Rollups / Running in a Skirt

Mexican Lasagna Rollups

Julie Wunder
Mexican Lasagna Rollups are perfectly proportioned and fun version of a vegetarian Mexican lasagna.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8


  • 8 lasagna noodles, cooked as described in post
  • 15 oz low fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup 2% Mexican cheese
  • 1 4 oz can green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican or taco seasoning, your favorite
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 jar salsa
  • garnish: lime and cilantro
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13x9 glass pan.
  • Cook noodles
  • Mix the ricotta, black beans, Mexican cheese, green chilies, Mexican seasoning, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  • Spread a little less than 1/2 a cup of the cheese mixture in the center of each noodle, leaving room on the ends for the roll to seal.
  • Roll the rollup carefully and place it seam side down the glass pan.
  • After finishing all eight rollups, cover the pan with foil.
  • Bake for 25 minutes covered.
  • Remove the foil and cover the rollups with the salsa. Finish cooking for another 5-10 minutes or until the salsa is warm.
  • Serve with cilantro and a lime wedge.


This recipe makes eight rollups. My husband and I eat two at a time with no additional sides. So we get 4 servings out of this. Serve it with a salad or additional side for the eight servings.
Tried this recipe?Mention @Julie_Wunder or tag #RunninginaSkirt!

Enjoy!  I’m off to start the catch-up process from being out of town.

I hope to see you back tomorrow!  I have a treadmill running workout in the cue that really shake up your workout routine. 

Your turn?

Who do you watch on TV for cooking tips?

I am kind of obsessed with all of Giada’s shows and the Pioneer Woman.  I can’t watch them when I am hungry though or it’s game over!

By | 2018-06-28T14:31:23-04:00 March 10th, 2015|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Vegetarian Meals|36 Comments


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  2. Tina muir March 16, 2015 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    I have aaallllwaaayyyss wanted to make these, and nearly did yesterday, but went for my lasagna instead. Now you make me wish I didnt. Julie, these sound wonderful! YUM YUM YUM! Thanks for linking up!

  3. Anne March 16, 2015 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    That sounds good – and fun!

  4. Thanks for linking this one up too! Yummy!

  5. Jess @hellotofit March 13, 2015 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Mmm! Something about roll-ups just looks so yummy and…cute? hehe. Happy Friday!!

    • JulieWunder March 13, 2015 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      I know! cute food just tastes better! They say we eat with our eyes, right!?

  6. Farrah March 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Yay, welcome back! I never would’ve thought of this, but it looks super super good! <3 I need to get lasagna noodles!

  7. Blane Sherer March 10, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Welcome Back Julie !
    Being away allows you to better appreciate being home.
    That must be a common experience for you given how much you travel.

  8. Susie @ SuzLyfe March 10, 2015 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Alex just died.

  9. Gingi March 10, 2015 at 9:03 am - Reply

    What an interesting concept! I love the foodie things you post… and now I need to go shopping, lol! –

    • JulieWunder March 11, 2015 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Thanks Gingi! I really enjoy putt together the food posts.

  10. You know I am all over this one! Black beans are my favorite

  11. Andrea March 10, 2015 at 7:39 am - Reply

    I love the Food Network. My mom can’t cook so I had to learn it all from TV. These roll-ups look amazing!

    • JulieWunder March 11, 2015 at 8:37 am - Reply

      My Mom made meatloaf in the microwave, so I feel your pain. I had to teach myself a lot.

  12. Pragati // Simple Medicine March 10, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

    I mostly watch cooking competition shows (chopped and grocery games) but I still think they can be inspiring 🙂 I love the idea of mixing Mexican and Italian!

    • JulieWunder March 11, 2015 at 8:36 am - Reply

      I watch the competitions shows as well. Clearly I’m obsessed with food!

  13. Annmarie March 10, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

    I can honestly say that I have never had Mexican Lasagna but now I want it! Looks so good!

  14. Libby Haire March 10, 2015 at 7:27 am - Reply

    Whee, Julie, this looks yummy. Will have to give it a try soon. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    • JulieWunder March 11, 2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

      Thanks Libby! Great to see you again today. Come back soon! 🙂

  15. I’ve made something similar with shells…stuffed them with taco meat, cream cheese and salsa…so good. Healthy? Not so much but it’s ok every once in a while!

  16. Jenny March 10, 2015 at 6:40 am - Reply

    What a great idea! And you’re rolls are amazingly perfect…I think mine might end up being a little bit more ‘rustic’ looking…just a hunch. Alton Brown! He’s totally my go-to guy.

    • Jenny March 10, 2015 at 6:40 am - Reply


      • JulieWunder March 11, 2015 at 8:34 am - Reply

        haha! There is something to be said for a “rustic” dish! They are pretty easy though- I promise!

  17. jill conyers March 10, 2015 at 6:39 am - Reply

    Yum! You had me at meatless haha!

  18. Heather @Fit n Cookies March 10, 2015 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Mmm these look really good! I wouldn’t think of mexican lasagna at all. However, Mexican works with anything so of course it would work!I actually never watch cooking shows on tv! ha

    • JulieWunder March 11, 2015 at 8:33 am - Reply

      It sounds weird, but it is so good. This is another one that the hubs ate ALL the leftovers without that *we are eating this for a third time?* look 🙂
      I started watching cooking shows more when I started trying to up my cooking game here.

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