Mexican Lasagna

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Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna
Number of Servings: 8 Total Preparation Time: less than 15 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 45 minutes Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health
Food Groups: Dairy, Vegetables, Grains, Protein
Main Ingredient: Chicken & Turkey, Rice, Pasta & Bread, Vegetables
Meal Type: Dinner Entrée
Nutrition Content: Good Source of Calcium, Low Sodium, Good Source of Fiber
Origin: American , Mexican & Spanish
Special Features: Kids Love It, Kids Can Help Make It

This festive twist on lasagna-and a quick weeknight meal- will make your family cheer "ole'!"

Recipe and photo courtesy of Keep the Beat™, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.


10 6-inch corn Tortillas
2 cups canned low-sodium Black beans, rinsed
4 cups Tomato sauce (canned/jarred or see separate Super Quick Chunky Tomato Sauce recipe)
1 1-2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, grated
1 bag (10 ounces) baby Spinach leaves, rinsed
2 cups grilled Chicken, diced
2 tablespoons fresh Cilantro, rinsed, dried and chopped (or substitute 1 teaspoon dried coriander)
Nonstick Cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Lightly spray a 9-by 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Place two to three corn tortillas on the bottom, trimming as necessary for a good fit.
3. Add beans, 1 cup tomato sauce and one-half cup grated cheese. Top with two to three more corn tortillas.
4. Add 1 cup tomato sauce, spinach, and one-half cup cheese. Top with two more corn tortillas.
5. Add chicken and 1 cup tomato sauce. Top with two more corn tortillas.
6. Add 1 cup tomato sauce, one-half cup cheese and cilantro.
7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and browned and the chicken is reheated.
8. Let stand for 5 minutes. Cut into eight even squares and serve.

Nutrient Information
Calories: 304
Total Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat:
Monounsaturated Fat:
Sodium: 275 mg
Carbohydrates: 31 g
Protein: 23 g
Fiber: 6 g
Vitamin A:
Vitamin C:
Calcium: 300 mg

Cook's Notes:

Cooking with kids note: Children can help layer the "lasagna" ingredients.
Leftover friendly note: If you don't have leftover chicken, use rotisserie chicken.

Note: If you can't find beans labeled "low sodium," compare the Nutrition Facts panels to find the beans with the lowest amount of sodium. Rinsing can help reduce sodium levels further.