Easy Mexican Ravioli Lasagna (Just 5 Ingredients and No Thawing or Boiling!)

Easy Mexican Ravioli Lasagna Recipe (Just 5 Ingredients and No Thawing or Boiling!) {Two Healthy Kitchens}

My husband is fun x 100. Seriously the funnest person I know. (Funnest? Yup. It’s a word. Trust me … I live it.)

From laboriously putting up holiday decorations to ingeniously turning minor holidays into full-blown events … he makes sure our family doesn’t take celebrations lightly.

Easy Mexican Ravioli Lasagna Recipe (Just 5 Ingredients and No Thawing or Boiling!) {Two Healthy Kitchens}Our family festiveness rules-to-live-by include:

  • When hosting a Spider-Man party for your three-year-old nephew … after the usual themed plates, napkins, balloons and banners, also be sure to purchase a high-end Spider-Man costume. Why? Because it’s awesome and way more fun! To my husband, this is obvious. Similar logic can be applied to other events, such as princess parties. (He purchased a jester costume for himself and rented a tiny frog-prince costume for our son … no, really.)

Easy Mexican Ravioli Lasagna Recipe (Just 5 Ingredients and No Thawing or Boiling!) {Two Healthy Kitchens}

  • Also – you haven’t decorated properly unless it required schematic drawings, five trips to the hardware store for supplies, and perilous journeys up ladders of any kind or onto the roof during Christmastime snowstorms. (I’m really only joking a little bit.)

Easy Mexican Ravioli Lasagna Recipe (Just 5 Ingredients and No Thawing or Boiling!) {Two Healthy Kitchens}

  • Lastly – when hosting a family reunion, always have a theme and a ridiculous name. This is why our annual fall gathering is called Thanks-o-Weenie. (You know … Thanksgiving smashed into Halloween!) And we can’t just meet up with cousins at the beach (much too straight-forward). No, in our family we have BeaChappeLooza! And our much-anticipated spring to-do is dubbed St. Peaster’s Day. (Did ya figure it out? It’s easy … St. Patrick’s Day mashed with Easter!!)

Easy Mexican Ravioli Lasagna Recipe (Just 5 Ingredients and No Thawing or Boiling!) {Two Healthy Kitchens}

To support such rampant creation of fun, we have bins in the basement filled with costumes, streamers, and random decorations for occasions ranging from:

  • tropical luaus (Life-sized collapsible cardboard palm tree, anyone?)
  • to St. Patrick’s Day (My husband absolutely wears a Lucky-the-Leprechaun hat to the office.)
  • to the Super Bowl (I mean, why not?)
  • to (Uh-huh …. you knew this is where I was headed, right?!?) … Cinco de Mayo!

Easy Mexican Ravioli Lasagna Recipe (Just 5 Ingredients and No Thawing or Boiling!) {Two Healthy Kitchens}

Yep, Cinco de Mayo. I’m the proud owner of multiple sombreros, festive maracas, tchotchke ponchos, Mariachi vests, and chili-pepper-shaped sunglasses. Everything we need to make Cinco de Mayo memorable … even on a school night. (‘Cause, you know, these celebrations have changed just a wee bit since we had kiddos.)

Gretchen’s jaw hit the floor when she saw the amount of props I pulled out for this photo shoot. Yes, there was a lot of festiveness going on!

With so much decorating and festiving-it-up, I’m lucky to have this killer-good but insanely easy recipe ready to throw together before the Mariachi band shows up. (If you read our post on Mexican Fiesta Black Bean Hummus, you know the band is on its way.)

Easy Mexican Ravioli Lasagna Recipe (Just 5 Ingredients and No Thawing or Boiling!) {Two Healthy Kitchens}

Just mix up the super-quick sauce and layer everything in the pan, lasagna-style. You don’t even have to thaw or pre-cook the ravioli (total time saver!). And you can prep the whole thing hours ahead!

It bakes up perfectly, family-pleasingly delicious … leaving you with oodles of extra time to dig out the decorations!

Easy Mexican Ravioli Lasagna Recipe (Just 5 Ingredients and No Thawing or Boiling!) {Two Healthy Kitchens}

Does it surprise you that I own these super-fun stirrers? They for sure didn’t make the cut as props for this shoot … and Gretchen may have rolled her eyes just a little when she saw them. But she did take a pic to appease me … and so you can all see just how cute they are!

Happy Cinco de Mayo, friends! Hope it’s your funnest yet!

THK By Shelley

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Easy Mexican Ravioli Lasagna (Just 5 Ingredients and No Thawing or Boiling!)

Preparation 2017-03-25T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 2017-03-25T00:00:00+00:00
Serves About 8-12 pieces     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 2 16-ounce jars mild thick and chunky salsa (see note)
  • 1 10-ounce can mild enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 25-ounce bag frozen beef ravioli (see note)
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded, reduced-fat 4-cheese Mexican blend
  • Optional fillings/toppings: chopped cilantro, black beans, sliced black olives, chopped jalapeños, canned green chilies, thinly sliced green onions, reduced-fat sour cream, Mexican hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix salsa, enchilada sauce, corn and water together in a medium bowl.
  3. Spread 1½ cups salsa mixture in the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 baking pan.
  4. Spread about half of the ravioli evenly across the salsa.
  5. Sprinkle ravioli evenly with half of the cheese, then spread remaining ravioli on top.
  6. Pour the remaining salsa mixture over ravioli layers, then sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake, covered with foil, for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 15-20 minutes or until ravioli is tender and cheese is bubbly.
  8. Let stand 10-15 minutes to allow sauce to thicken, if desired.

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Recipe Notes

Salsa: We found that thick and chunky salsa works best for this recipe because it is much thicker than typical jarred salsas. (We used Chi-Chi's Mild Thick and Chunky throughout most of our testing.) You can certainly substitute your favorite, regular salsa or whatever you have in the pantry. However, your final dish will be much runnier and saucier because of the looser consistency of the salsa.

Ravioli: We used Rosetto brand in testing this recipe. We always recommend whole-grain pasta when possible, but the whole-wheat ravioli available in our local stores is significantly higher in fat than the ravioli we chose to use here. Also, there is a notable difference in the fat content of various brands of traditional, frozen ravioli. Read the labels carefully. We encourage you to choose higher-fiber, organic or all-natural products whenever it's feasible.

Make-Ahead: You can assemble this casserole earlier in the day. Cover and refrigerate until you're ready to bake it.

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Easy Mexican Ravioli Lasagna (Just 5 Ingredients and No Thawing or Boiling!)
Author: Two Healthy Kitchens
Serves: About 8-12 pieces
Ingredients
  • 2 16-ounce jars mild thick and chunky salsa (see note)
  • 1 10-ounce can mild enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 25-ounce bag frozen beef ravioli (see note)
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded, reduced-fat 4-cheese Mexican blend
  • Optional fillings/toppings: chopped cilantro, black beans, sliced black olives, chopped jalapeños, canned green chilies, thinly sliced green onions, reduced-fat sour cream, Mexican hot sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix salsa, enchilada sauce, corn and water together in a medium bowl.
  3. Spread 1 1/2 cups salsa mixture in the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 baking pan.
  4. Spread about half of the ravioli evenly across the salsa.
  5. Sprinkle ravioli evenly with half of the cheese, then spread remaining ravioli on top.
  6. Pour the remaining salsa mixture over ravioli layers, then sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake, covered with foil, for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 15-20 minutes or until ravioli is tender and cheese is bubbly.
  8. Let stand 10-15 minutes to allow sauce to thicken, if desired.
Notes
[b]Salsa:[/b] We found that thick and chunky salsa works best for this recipe because it is much thicker than typical jarred salsas. (We used Chi-Chi’s Mild Thick and Chunky throughout most of our testing.) You can certainly substitute your favorite, regular salsa or whatever you have in the pantry. However, your final dish will be much runnier and saucier because of the looser consistency of the salsa.[br][br][b]Ravioli:[/b] We used Rosetto brand in testing this recipe. We always recommend whole-grain pasta when possible, but the whole-wheat ravioli available in our local stores is significantly higher in fat than the ravioli we chose to use here. Also, there is a notable difference in the fat content of various brands of traditional, frozen ravioli. Read the labels carefully. We encourage you to choose higher-fiber, organic or all-natural products whenever it’s feasible.[br][br][b]Make-Ahead:[/b] You can assemble this casserole earlier in the day. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake it.

 

If you love the flavors or the no-bake technique of this recipe, I have two additional recipe suggestions to share with you. I’ve been making both for years, and they’re easy and delicious. One is Fiesta Ravioli, which long ago taught me that combining Italian ravioli with a Mexican sauce is a yummy culture clash. The other is Weeknight Ravioli Bake, which showed me how to create a last-minute dinner solution with frozen ravioli that didn’t even need to be thawed – brilliant! Over time, these two recipes converged in my head and evolved into this wonderful Mexican Ravioli Lasagna. Enjoy!

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  4. Made this last night. Just finished it for lunch. I added rinsed and drained black beans, chopped chilies and black olives. I used one can of thick and chunky salsa as well as a regular salsa (not a chunky salsa fan) and it had a little liquid as you stated in the recipe notes. No worries, we dipped with tortilla chips! Family enjoyed – even the picky kids!

  5. It’s been my goal this summer to try a variety of easy, nutritious, and satisfying recipes that can be my new go to dishes on busy school nights,(I’m a teacher, my kids are in a gazillion after school activities, and our weekdays are CRAZY…) and I am happy to report that this Mexican Ravioli Lasagna totally fits the bill. My daughter and I made it for dinner tonight (totally great thinking to have her help the first time because she’s old enough to make it solo next time!) and it was wonderful. Very, very easy! It made enough that we will be able to have some left-overs, which is always appreciated! So excited to have a new Mexican dish! Thanks, Two Healthy Kitchens!

    • Hi, Tina! I continue to be amazed that just 5 (stinkin’ easy!) ingredients can taste so fantastic, but they do! Every.single.time … we all just love this! A true family-pleaser and the perfect busy-day recipe to keep in your back pocket! I also actually continue to be amazed that, after all these years, my guy still totally cracks me up (every.single.time 😀 ), but he does! 😀 ~Shelley

  6. Your husband sounds like a whole lot of fun to have around, I love how much he gets into holidays! And what a great idea to use ravioli in lasagna! And even better with a Mexican twist – my partner loves all things Mexican and just saw the top image over my shoulder and requested we have it for dinner soon! 🙂

    • I’ve gotta admit – two great ideas I’ve had in my life are 1) my hilarious husband who makes me laugh ALL the time and 2) this ravioli lasagna. I just hope I haven’t exhausted my storehouse of eureka moments … 😀

      If you guys are into Mexican, you especially have to try this! It’s so crazy-easy yet so, so good … even warmed up a couple of days later. I seriously love this casserole! Can’t wait for you to try it! ~Shelley

    • Hi Sarah and Arkadi! This meal is such a snap to make … we’re certain it’ll become a new favorite for you! Especially since there’s no boiling or thawing in the prep, this delicious dinner is the perfect fit for a busy evening! ~G&S

    • Hi Vicky and Ruth! This Mexican Ravioli Lasagna is a snap to make! Especially since you don’t need to thaw or boil the pasta, it really comes together super fast! We’ve both made this for our families in the past week – and everyone was incredibly happy with dinner! 🙂 Have a great weekend! ~G&S

    • He cracks me up all the time, too – really! My kiddos are getting just old enough now that they often shake their heads and roll their eyes, but his antics keep me giggling, for sure! 😀 ~Shelley

  7. What a lovely idea! I never would’ve thought of doing a fusion ravioli Mexican lasagne like this! Sounds delicious though Shelley, and definitely perfect for Cinco de Mayo. Love the photos. Drool-worthy!! xx

    • Thanks so much, Laura! You’re so sweet! And really – it is terrificly, totally delicious! I made this for dinner earlier this week (for Cinco de Mayo! 😀 ) and have been happily munching on leftovers all week – mmmmmmm … loooooove! Can’t wait for you to try it! 😀 ~Shelley

  8. Your hubby sounds totally fun!! Mine is like that about SciFi, superheroes and comic books! I’m the one with the unrealistic celebration ideas!! Though we’re not as extreme as you guys 🙂 We do go crazy for my sons birthday themes though 🙂
    What a clever and quick way to do lasagne! My fav bit is the not cooking the ravioli!!

    • Isn’t it so fun to turn even ordinary things into a memorable celebration – something a little more outlandish than what it really had to be? I know it at least keeps my husband and me amused :D, but I really hope that my kids will grow up with memories of fun, crazy things we did … and the idea that you can choose to make life a silly, happy, adventure if you want to! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Thanks, Kelly! The sauce is so quick and easy but so totally flavorful and chock-full of veggie goodness! You could definitely sub in cheese ravioli for a vegetarian version, too! And hey – look at the whole holiday lights things this way … at least you don’t have to go through my annual torment over whether or not I’ll have to rush my guy to the emergency room when he comes crashing off the roof, entangled in strings of lights, in the middle of an ice storm! 😀 Have an awesome weekend! ~Shelley

    • Hi, Julie! This recipe is so incredibly yummy – you’ll love it! And lol on the stirrers – doesn’t everyone need multi-colored, cactus-shaped stirrers in their life?!?! Happy Cinco de Mayo! 😀 ~G&S

    • Thanks, Helen! You’ve just gotta try this! You’ll be shocked that something so easy (and chock full of all those veggies hanging out in the salsa sauce!) turns out to be so insanely, family-pleasingly delicious! It’s just one of those go-to’s that you know you can pull off on even the busiest days … and you know everyone will be really, really happy to eat! Yay! Oh – and my hubby? Yep – a scream is kind of a good description! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Thanks so much, Jen! What a really, really nice comment! My husband truly is totally hilarious and just cracks me up all the time! I’m so glad you liked the stories of our family’s craziness – we pretty much do not have much boredom around here – EVER! 😀 Can’t wait for you to try this recipe – it is so, so easy and a total lifesaver on busy nights (whether on the fifth of May … or any other night!). I’m actually gonna throw this together this morning so it’s ready to go for our uber-hectic evening! Hey – and thanks so much for the pin! Happy Cinco de Mayo! 😀 ~Shelley

  9. I pinned even before I read the recipe – this recipe has my mouth watering ladies! Ravioli in lasagna?! What an amazing idea! I love how simple, straight and yummy this recipe is with so many amazing optional ingredients! I just have to try this with some cheese ravioli and some of your awesome black bean hummus on the side! Have a great weekend ladies! And by the way Shelley, your hubby sounds like a hoot!! 🙂

    • Mmmmmm … yes … Black Bean Hummus on the side! That’d be perfect! Actually, I’m planning to make this Ravioli Lasagna tonight for our Cinco de Mayo dinner (it’s gonna be a busy night at our house with a 5k fun run and lacrosse practice, so I need something super-easy!) … and you totally reminded me that I should make some hummus to go with it, too! And yes – for sure pile on lots of yummy toppings! Besides all the veggies hiding out in the salsa sauce, you can pack in a lot of additional (delicious!) nutrition with the toppings! Thanks so much for the pin, too! Oh … and about my guy being a hoot? He seriously is! He makes me laugh ALL the time and is always looking for ways to make someone’s day a little better, a little more fun! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Oh, Taylor – you guys will love this for sure! It’s so ridiculously easy – yeah, no boiling and no thawing is pretty darn fantastic! Plus, it’s totally loaded with veggies in the sauce (plus all the toppings you can pile on!). But it tastes totally fantastic (like something much harder to make and much more sinful! 😀 ). We can’t wait for you guys to try it! Happy Cinco de Mayo, friend! 😀 ~G&S

  10. This Mexican ravioli is a brilliant idea to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Shelley! Love that you can make it ahead so there is time to put out all the cute nick nacks, mix up a Margarita and Ole… enjoy. Have FUN 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Judit! The make-ahead trick is super handy! Plus, this dish rewarms really well, so if you have any left over (unlikely!), it makes great lunches or even another dinner later in the week. Bonus! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Oh, Abbe, it really is so fun to blog with a buddy! Plus, we have extra checkpoints to be sure that recipes work well (with two people’s kitchens, cookware and methods) and that they really are family- and kid-friendly! It’s such a blast! Hope you have an awesome Cinco de Mayo, too! 😀 ~G&S

  11. Oh my goodness Shelley, may I be an honorary member of your family?? All of those celebrations sound like so much fun! My family hasn’t been very good about holidays in the past few years. (Too many work trips for my parents or last-minute visits to see sick grandparents in the hospital. We actually didn’t celebrate Easter this year!) So those costumes and elaborate festivities would totally make up for it! 🙂 And ravioli as a lasagna? Totally brilliant! That’s something my pasta-loving guy would eagerly get behind. Pinned already!

    • Amy, you for sure can be an honorary! We actually have loads of them! Pretty much any neighbor, nearby friend … or anyone who looks even vaguely fun … has been known to be sucked into the party vortex! That’s basically how our neighborhood parties always roll, too … most of them are completely unscheduled and never started out as a party at all! 😀 You just hop right on that plane and get out here, girl! Sounds like you need to make up for some lost time!

      Oh – and definitely you guys should try this mexican ravioli! You’ll both love it! It’s really insanely yummy for something that has only a handful of ingredients and takes almost no active cooking time! Plus, it’s just loaded with more veggies than most people would realize at first glance … lots of tomatoes in the salsa and enchilada sauce, not to mention some peppers and onions … plus sweet, yummy corn! And then, if you’re like me, you’ll pile on tons more nutritious goodness with all the toppings! Yay! 😀 ~Shelley

      • Just let me pack my bags then here I come! Those unplanned parties are the best kind. It seems like there’s a lot less stressful planning and high expectations involved, so everyone can just relax and have fun! 🙂 Definitely putting the ingredients for this on my grocery list in the near future!

  12. Mexican Ravioli Lasagna really sounds delicious! You are combining three of my favorite things. This is so festive and perfect for the upcoming holiday! 🙂

    • Thanks, Julia! We totally agree – these are three faves that pretty much everyone loves, even the kiddos! Roll them into one delicious meal, and it’s a sure-fire hit! Mexican + Ravioli + Lasagna = Happy, happy family meals! Yay! 😀 ~G&S

  13. Hahaha I love how your husband goes all out for each holiday! My type of guy! I think we could be friends. And this mexican ravioli… holy guacamole it looks so good! Super creative and I just want to dive head first into the screen!

    • Lol! After reading about your Cinco de Man-o party with your buds when the girls are away … I think you and my husband must share some sort of extra-fun partying gene! You guys would have a blast together (actually … maybe just way too much fun!!!). 😀 And really, this Mexican ravioli is so, so good, especially for being so crazy-easy! Your Cinco de Man-o buds will love it (just save a little for Asheley to try)! 😀 ~Shelley

  14. Can I come to your house for all your interesting holiday merge events? Sounds fun!

    Great combo here and talk about fast! Love this. Love this. Love this. The spring calendar is crammed so I am desperate for a quick meal to get going at dinner hour this week. Done! Thanks, Shelley!

    By the way, we have a big bin in our basement too that we throw every ridiculous costume-ish item in there and has that every come in handy!

    • You’re absolutely invited! The more the merrier! We really do have an awful lot of fun! You’ve got dig through your bin and bring any appropriate costumes, though, ok!?!? 😀

      And yeah – I feel your crammed-spring-calendar pain! Between us, Gretchen and I have four out of our four kiddos playing lacrosse, three in a running program, two in band, one in orchestra, two in choir, two in dance, one in Girl Scouts … and on and on from there … Between lax tourneys and spring concerts and recitals … dinner gets mighty challenging! This recipe is absolutely perfect because you can make it earlier in the day or literally in about five minutes (plus baking) during the dinner crunch time. It reheats fabulously, too! Tons of options to jam it into busy evening schedules! And it truly is really everyone-in-the-family-will-love-it good! 😀 ~Shelley

  15. Wow, you guys really know how to celebrate! I love those cactus stirrers. I need some of those 😀 mexican ravioli lasagna sounds like something I end to try ASAP! Sounds so easy and tasty. With all the delicious looking Mexican food I have been seeing we’ll have to celebrate cinco de mayo all month long 😀

    • Cindy, those cactus stirrers and sombrero were just the tip of the iceberg! Shelley has enough decorations to have the whole town looking festive! It was a super fun photo shoot! 🙂
      We had this Mexican Ravioli Lasagna for dinner last night – my whole family loves it! It is SO fast and easy to make! Perfect for those hectic evenings! And … you can take leftovers to school with you … it reheats beautifully!
      Love your idea – yes! – let’s celebrate Cinco de Mayo all month!! ~Gretchen

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